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San Francisco: Coffee-ing it up in Hayes Valley.

It was an early morning in San Francisco recently and I made it over to the fashionable and scenic Hayes Valley neighborhood and the corner of Hayes and Octavia.

Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

Just onto Octavia my feet took me to a shipping container that is home to Ritual Coffee Roasters.

Ritual Coffee, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

Ritual Coffee has been a San Francisco based coffee roaster since 2005. I smiled upon seeing the red cup-and-star logo as I reached the counter.

Ritual Coffee, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

The pour overs and hand crafted coffees were being made one after another for those that came by. The baristas were nice and knowledgable, making sure everyone was getting a great coffee beverage.

Ritual Coffee, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

I went the Macchiato route on this visit, taking one of their cups as a souvenir. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ritual Coffee, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

The lounge chairs just outside the container was my home for a few, even though it was misting slightly. The light rain was no factor as the flavor of the macchiato and watching the happenings in the neighborhood was my focus.

Ritual Coffee Roasters, Hayes Valley, San Francisco

After capturing the scene at Ritual I walked across Octavia and into Patricia’s Green. The park is surrounded by lots of color and all the boutique, coffee and foodie options in the neighborhood.

Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

You’ll find lots of romantic park bench seating opportunities. A good place to hangout and people and dog watch. Hayes Valley has the feel of a small-town, even though it’s right in the middle of a big city.

Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

It was time to head off Octavia and onto Linden Street for more exploration and coffee deliciousness.

Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

Opposite Ritual and facing Linden is the Smitten Ice Cream shipping container. Based on the reviews, I’m sure they will see me soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

Walking onto Linden I noticed lots of bicycles on both sides of the street. Finding bikes for rent is a pretty common occurrence in San Francisco. Anytime I see bikes in the city it immediately makes me think of the 1980’s Kevin Bacon movie, Quicksilver. Always have had a thing for San Francisco based movies!

Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

As you walk down the tree and flower lined Linden it’s a good bet you’ll see people congregating before the next intersection.

Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

What could they be doing? They are hanging out and getting ready to order at my next coffee stop, the Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk.

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

The kiosk and outside location keeps you right in the middle of the happenings of the neighborhood, just like Ritual, as your ordering and enjoying your coffee.

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

Blue Bottle is a coffee roaster headquartered in nearby Oakland. Everyone who orders here is guaranteed of getting a coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster.

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

Always checking out the cream and sugar stands, here is one of the portable variety.

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

I went with a basic espresso, enjoying the few sips and shot of caffeine while watching people come and go. The drink might have been small but so so good as always at Blue Bottle Coffee, a cult-favorite amongst fellow coffee drinkers. The lines you’ll find at their various locations in the Bay Area and New York City say all you need to know. Gotta love seeing the blue bottled logo up close. ๐Ÿ™‚

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

That ended my morning stay in Hayes Valley. It was a fun morning exploring and coffee-ing it up in the neighborhood. It’s a recommended part of the city I will come back to hang out at and enjoy some more craft coffee.

What neighborhoods do recommend in San Francisco to hang out at and checkout the coffee scene? In any city?

San Francisco: Relaxing at Four Barrel Coffee.

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.

Four Barrel Coffee - San Francisco, California coffeehouse

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.

Four Barrel Coffee - San Francisco, California coffeehouse

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.

Four Barrel Coffee - San Francisco, California coffeehouse

I checked out the back behind the coffee bar seeing the coffee roasters and other equipment…

Four Barrel Coffee - San Francisco, California coffeehouse

as well as the vintage looking coffee bean bags.

Four Barrel Coffee - San Francisco, California coffeehouse

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.

Four Barrel Coffee - San Francisco, California coffeehouse

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Four Barrel Coffee - San Francisco, California coffeehouse

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.

Checkout Four Barrel Coffee on the web. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter as well.

What are your go to coffeehouses in San Francisco and the Bay Area? Elsewhere in your travels?