#ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Return for More!

I’ve talked about when on the prowl for coffee to look for somewhere new to go whether traveling or at home. There is nothing like experiencing a place or a coffee that you haven’t before. At the same time though, if you find a place you love, especially in a part of the world you frequent, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t go back. In other words…

Tip #23: …return for more!

I’m in San Francisco often and Four Barrel Coffee in the Mission District will be one of the first places I go to upon returning. Recently I made it to the area of 15th and Valencia and went through their non-descriptive entrance…

Four Barrel Coffee, Mission District, San Francisco, California

…and ordered a CafΓ© Latte from the friendly barista.

Four Barrel Coffee, Mission District, San Francisco, California

That wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to experience more of Four Barrel. I ordered a Guatemala Cadejo made via a french press and got water alongside for the ride. πŸ™‚

Four Barrel Coffee, Mission District, San Francisco, California

They were using their vintage-german roaster on barrel after barrel of coffee beans right in front of me. While drinking the coffee deliciousness I decided to get a bag of coffee whole beans for the road. After experiencing and liking the Guatemala Cadejo, that was the choice.

Four Barrel Coffee, Mission District, San Francisco, California

Upon leaving I checked out the outside seating…

Four Barrel Coffee, Mission District, San Francisco, California

…and custom-built bike racks, some of which were vertical. Make note. Even with the popularity of biking in the city and the Mission, it would definitely be easier to use the bike rack then trying to find a parking spot even in the early morning.

Four Barrel Coffee, Mission District, San Francisco, California

The coffee beans wanted a picture too.

Four Barrel Coffee, Mission District, San Francisco, California

Checkout the post from my Four Barrel visit last year. You could say I “returned for more”! πŸ™‚ No doubt when my feet are on the ground in San Francisco again, Four Barrel will be on the itinerary.

Lotsa #fourbarrel goodness. #SF #SanFrancisco #coffee #ElCafeDe2013

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In your travels or around home, what’s a spot that you’d recommend, that you keep going to over and over again?

10 responses to “#ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Return for More!

  1. I can relate! I fell in love with this place called Wired Puppy (the name is the only reason I remembered it off Newburry St. in Boston.

  2. Ah very cool Aaron! I can almost sense your excitement when looking to return to a place that you loved πŸ˜‰

    You sure went to a great place. Just looking at that latte made me thirsty. I am brewing some Costa Rican as we speak.

    Keep #ElCafede2013 going!

    Karlita πŸ™‚

  3. You are making miss San Francisco.

    • Me too. Looking at the photos and writing the post makes me want to get back there stat. Gotta love the coffee scene in San Fran!

  4. I live in the SF Bay Area and I agree that Four Barrel is probably the best coffee roaster around. A lot of people swear by Philz though, and I admit I’ve never tried it (the line is always ridiculous). Four Barrel does tend to be a bit snobby, so I prefer to buy the beans and make it at home where I don’t feel looked down on because I like a little sugar in my coffee! Great post!

    • I just recently got to Philz for the first time. Went for the popular Mint Mojito. Was as good as advertised. In general though will gravitate more towards independent shops like Four Barrel. If I am drinking coffee out of a coffee pot, cream and sugar will sometimes have a place. πŸ™‚

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