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Four Barrel Coffee

Four Barrel Coffee

Coffee Shop and Coffee Roaster$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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    Marlon M.
    "Love the separate pour over station"(30 Tips)
    Miguel L.
    "The best slow bar in the Bay Area!"(11 Tips)
    Mikahla V.
    "Cappuccino and chocolate banana scone is the best quick breakfast."(7 Tips)
    Christopher B.
    "Get whatever the drip coffee bar person thinks is the best coffee."(11 Tips)
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  • espresso drinks
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  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    Luke BornheimerAugust 10, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Four Barrel is an unpretentious place that serves up delicious coffee and espresso drinks (as well as handful of pastries), in addition to giving you a great view of their roasting operations in back.
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    LorenOctober 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    My very favorite coffee shop in the states after much testing. The almond milk cappuccino is perfect.The atmosphere is good for chatting, working, or thinking.The music is good, the baristas friendly.
  • ᴡ D.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ DahlMay 18, 2015
    Stop by the slow bar, especially if Bradley is there. Such a treat -- great coffee and conversation. Ask about the origins of various beans, relationships with farmers, anything coffee/tea related.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 6, 2014
    The newest Four Barrel outpost is now brewing in Portola, and this bare-bones garage kiosk sports a rustic redwood ceiling, an outdoor parklet & all the espresso goodness of the Valencia St. location. Read more
  • Katie W.heart icon on user image
    Katie WilsonMarch 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the coffee but the compostable to-go lids simply DO NOT FIT & WILL LEAK. If you plan on driving away with a coffee, bring your own to-go cup or napkin the hell out of your lap.
  • Kaitlinheart icon on user image
    KaitlinFebruary 15, 2017
    Ask for their house-made almond macadamia milk. You can get it in anything; I opted for a macchiato. Perfection. Love the slow bar and roasting operations on site, too!
  • Jason L.
    Jason LaFrenaisNovember 25, 2013
    One of the best lattes I've ever had. The space is super cool and the baked goods were delicious. Grab a brew and sit outside on a sunny day!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 1, 2014
    The quality begins with Four Barrel’s commitment to sourcing beans in a sustainable, ethical manner. It comes to fruition in their cozy cafes, which are sans Wi-Fi, electrical outlets and soy milk. Read more
  • Blake S.heart icon on user image
    Blake SuharJuly 20, 2018
    Cappuccino was delightful and the space was unique & welcoming. No outlets or wifi, so they want you to go old school and interact with each other & not your electronics.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AldereteOctober 16, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best coffee available in SF. Holds its own with _any_ of the other "third-wave" coffee places. Great location, especially when you're brunching on the weekend.
  • matt k.heart icon on user image
    matt knoxAugust 19, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    The affogato is fantastic 1 they use a buffalo milk gelato sourced from the East Bay and their superb espresso.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissApril 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This may be the best espresso / cappuccino in the city. As smooth as Blue Bottle, but much richer flavor.
  • Mo K.
    Mo KudekiJuly 23, 2011
    The bathroom is crazy. Picture of caribou on the floor, photo booth photos on the wall, and granular dry soap?? Wtf. Awesome.
  • Anna B.
    Anna BogodistAugust 29, 2016
    Love the combination of wood and coffee. Coffee is so good.. And I like the ceramics it goes with. It feels like freshly made pottery. NICE!
  • Frederic J.heart icon on user image
    Frederic JaeckelJanuary 18, 2018
    great coffee, great oolong tea with unlimited refills, no wifi, no power. chill space to read.
  • Sam G.heart icon on user image
    Sam GrJuly 31, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the pourover because it's awesome, not because the line is shorter (you'll be waiting just as long).
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 6, 2014
    Good atmosphere, large-ish place. They seem to care about their coffee, with multiple single origin bean options and great tasting coffee that's worth travelling for.
  • Rachel D.heart icon on user image
    Rachel DonleyDecember 20, 2014
    Yea there are hipsters go or whatever... But who cares! The coffee is fantastic, as is the whole atmosphere of the place. If you want to sit down and enjoy a fine cup of coffee, this is the place.
  • Michael F.heart icon on user image
    Michael FourreNovember 4, 2017
    Easily the coolest coffee shop I’ve ever been to. A large wraparound bar with plentiful table seating bisected by bar seating in the rear portion which overlooks the roasting area. Delicious coffee.
  • Joshua H.heart icon on user image
    Joshua HaftelSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Their espresso based drinks are amazing. The baristas are the best, perfect pulls every time. The slow pouts are quite nice as well, just hate having to have a convo while I wait for my coffee...
  • Nikos A.
    Nikos AntipordaAugust 8, 2014
    Expresso Bar, bike racks, simple coffee menus, coffee roasted on sight, bar seating on the curb. What can you ask for-oh yeah they added four boar heads overhead, just because.
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    JoycottDecember 2, 2013
    This coffee shop is so old school it's awesome. Great coffee and great tunes. The cappuccino is sublime.
  • Lolosaurr
    LolosaurrOctober 2, 2014
    Lovely spacious place for a coffee. Slow coffee + chocolate banana scone makes a good pick-me-up in the morning. Get a tortle for a dollar as a treat.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Though it's located just a mile from the offices of Twitter & Zynga, Four Barrel is a decidedly unplugged coffee shop. No Wi-Fi, no outlets, & Instagramming might earn you some raised eyebrows. Read more
  • Douglas G.heart icon on user image
    Douglas GrayMarch 11, 2018
    They use perfectly imperfect ceramic cups for their macchiatos. Excellent sipping experience.
  • Sarah T.heart icon on user image
    Sarah TomitaMay 23, 2015
    Great hipster coffee shop in the Mission. Coffee tastes a bit more bitter than Blue Bottle so good for days when you want something a little stronger.
  • Adleyheart icon on user image
    AdleyOctober 2, 2017
    Yay, what a great coffee shop with roastery. The filter was really tasty and baristas are real experts! Worth to visit!
  • Yash C.
    Yash ChechaniMarch 18, 2019
    Affogato was good. Ice cream (more like gelato) is nice & creamy and doesn’t melt right away to let you enjoy the espresso a bit but can do with less ice cream.
  • Nimalan M.heart icon on user image
    Nimalan MahendranMarch 12, 2017
    The latte here is quite excellent and the parklet outside is perfect for people-watching, especially on Car-free Sundays.
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LunøeAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Baristas are interested and informed. Pick their brain (or simply watch them) how they do their coffee. Ask questions and learn from some of the best
  • Caner C.heart icon on user image
    Caner CapayMay 25, 2015
    One of the best overall coffee experiences in SF. Roasting, brewing, merchandise, the store - everything's a part of that good experience.
  • Yisha Z.
    Yisha ZhangApril 27, 2013
    All comment on coffee. I'll take a different angle. Take the one you like here. Get coffee, grab a table inside, sit down and u will find how close u r to each other. Unexpected hipster dating spot.
  • Mehan J.heart icon on user image
    Mehan JayasuriyaApril 17, 2016
    cool space, love the meticulous pour-over bar and being able to watch the roasting process in the back. from my experience though, the coffee here is solid but hardly mindblowing.
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MowreyDecember 9, 2014
    This is a quintessential roasters to visit if you've never been to the city, but it's so crowded and popular now that I don't get the acknowledgement from the baristas I once did.
  • Giulia F.
    Giulia FerreroAugust 17, 2014
    Hip cafe' with a parking for your fixie. The service is really good, try a slow pour coffee - I went for a Guatemala's one - and enjoy hipster-watching.
  • Bennett W W.heart icon on user image
    Bennett W WongApril 19, 2017
    Love it here, wide spacious coffee shop and friendly staff members. Also, props for prompt service and outdoor seating.
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YueSeptember 7, 2014
    My favourite cafe in SF! Rustic and cozy decor - perfect for working or reading. Their roaster is at the back of the store!
  • Markus S.heart icon on user image
    Markus SchwindJuly 15, 2019
    one of the best coffee bars I have ever been. Espressi are good, freshly brewed coffee is better there!
  • Claudia B.heart icon on user image
    Claudia BrennerJune 18, 2016
    Macadamia and almond milk combo with espresso. Our barrista made beautiful hearts in the capucinno and latte -- photo
  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    Luke BornheimerJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Some of the best coffee and espresso drinks in the city, hands-down! My personal favorite is a regular latte, though the mocha is fantastic. In all seriousness, you can't go wrong at Four Barrel.
  • Nathan G.heart icon on user image
    Nathan GammieOctober 11, 2013
    Stellar fusion of top-notch coffee, onsite roasting, lots of seating and great ambience. This is one of the great coffee spots.
  • William F.heart icon on user image
    William FergusonJuly 18, 2016
    Always go to the pour over bar. Four Barrel has the best pour overs. Also, sit in the back and watch the magic happen as they roast their coffee.
  • Josh P.heart icon on user image
    Josh PylesMarch 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The vibe reminds me a lot of my hometown – Portland, OR. Espresso and pour-over is excellent, and you can watch them roast their beans in the back.
  • Claudia B.heart icon on user image
    Claudia BrennerJune 18, 2016
    Espresso drinks with Macadamia and almond milk blend. Great parkletts for meeting or hanging out. ++ ambience
  • Harley T.
    Harley TrungSeptember 28, 2014
    Don't add or use almond milk to your ice coffee or later because it looks weird. Or try it to see it... Narrow work benches but great atmosphere if you can grab a seat.
  • John G.
    John GispertJanuary 16, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the coffee on brew. They have good ones (Kenya, Ethiopia etc). Bring your cup and it’s a deal.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    Ground zero of hipster coffee. Warm and welcoming feel. Be sure to check out Taylor Stitch next door for a fantastically curated men's clothing collection.
  • Guillaume F.heart icon on user image
    Guillaume FlandreNovember 10, 2014
    Probably the most hipstest coffee shop on Earth: plaid shirts seem mandatory, music from their big vinyl collection, make-your-own coffee stand. But I've got to say, I loved it!
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice dark wood interior. If you just want a drip coffee, you can order it on the side to avoid long lines!
  • Ting S.heart icon on user image
    Ting SNovember 5, 2015
    A must have one. Four barrel on Valencia is super cool and the coffee is excellent. They provide a separate single drip coffee bar too.
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