While in San Francisco, being a lover of coffeehouses, of course I was going to checkout the scene. Its been a few years so I asked for some recommendations via Twitter and the most popular response back was Four Barrel Coffee. Thus I started one of my days at the crack of dawn on Valencia Street. Four Barrel sits in the Mission District of San Francisco between 14th and 15th streets.
Once inside I immediately noticed the high ceilings and warehouse look. Everything was out in the open from front-to-back, fastly filling up with people.
Taking a quick glance at the menu I decided on the Macchiato. I had a nice conversation with one of the baristas while placing my order and took a few minutes while waiting for my caffeine to watch them freshly drip customers coffees and checkout the place.
I checked out the back behind the coffee bar seeing the coffee roasters and other equipment…
as well as the vintage looking coffee bean bags.
I got my Macchiato which was very good and definitely what the doctor had in order. The pricing was of no concern due to the taste and the great, personal customer service.
I decided to sit at a little wooden desk and just soak in the atmosphere watching locals and business people come and go, with conversation going on all around me.
I knew it before going in, but I did notice the lack of electrical outlets. A lot of the times I’m in work mode when I enter a coffee house, but I was sans the lap top during my San Francisco travels so it was a pleasant feature. Encouraging everyone to get out from behind their screens and enjoy great coffee and conversation, what a concept! MacBooks and tablets though were making their presence known by the time I left.
Parking was definitely not an issue at this early morning hour. Some walking will be the norm for those visiting later in the day, but who doesn’t love walking in San Francisco! After leaving, I walked around the block before heading off.
While there I saw the record player and heard the hipster references in regards to Four Barrel and I can see that, but mainly I just saw a great place to grab a coffee, engage in some conversation, watch locals come and go and just soak in the friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Definitely a go to place in San Francisco going forward. Stay tuned for future posts on coffee stops I explored in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
What are your go to coffeehouses in San Francisco and the Bay Area? Elsewhere in your travels?