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If you're going to spring several bucks for a coffee these days, it ought to be perfectly made and served in an interesting coffeehouse space. Four Barrel in the Mission District qualifies on both counts: Staff roast their own beans and serve the classic Italo-French lineup of espressos, macchiatos, and lattes (go elsewhere for your ice-blended mochachinos), and the large lofty room boasts long, sleek, sculptural tables; arty installations (including a lineup of animal heads); and a counter of light snacks including croissants and Dynamo Donuts. Big windows overlooking Valencia let in lots of light.
A few weeks ago we broke the news that Four Barrel had plans to ditch soy milk for good, citing the issues with GMO soy as one of the primary reasons. Well, today's the day: This morning on Twitter, t... More »
It's the last call for soy at Four Barrel. In the next week, the café and roastery will strike soy milk in favor of almond milk as their non-dairy option. We anticipated the change might have been a reaction to customer demand, but after talking... More »
Sometimes jobs are hard. Sometimes you might have to go to Dogpatch to check out Dandelion Chocolate, a real-life chocolate factory, to smell, sample, and ogle handcrafted artisan chocolate. Sounds to... More »
Sure, you can switch out sugar for agave nectar, butter for low fat yogurt, or throw in some whole wheat flour, but let's face it, it's hard to really make baked goods guilt free. Hayes Valley Bakewor... More »
Go for the extreme donuts. The coffee is good, not great, but the donuts are AMAZING. Amazingly expensive, but you only need one. My favorite is chocolate spice. But I was tempted by a bright red hucklberry this morning. Also the lemon whatever. But, as I said, you only need one.
If you're going to spring a few bucks for coffee these days, not only should the brew be made from the best possible ingredients, but the space it's served in should also invite you to linger. The massive, high-ceilinged, loftlike room that houses Four Barrel Coffee features long, sleek, sculptural wood tables cleverly affixed to the walls so that they appear to balance on one leg, an intriguing and arty installation of lengths of lumber along one wall, and a row of animal heads overlooking... More »
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