I’m continuing my coffee education by visiting some of the city’s most popular coffee houses. And entering the jam-packed Four Barrel coffee house on Valencia Street in the Mission, I knew a lot of coffee gets poured day in and day out.

Even on a weekday afternoon, there was a line of coffee drinkers waiting. Maybe it was the holidays but people didn’t seem to mind. Many just chatted with friends or tapped away on their laptops at one of the tiny tables along the wall.

I ordered a machiatto and squeezed myself into the few open stools at the back counter. I loved the ceramic cups used at the café, but the coffee was a bit on the bitter side for my taste. So far in my journey in trying coffee, my favorites seem to be the ones with a more balanced flavor. (That means Blue Bottle, Ritual and Verve. Nationwide, Intelligentsia is probably my favorite.)

With the recent explosion of coffee brands opening around town, looks like I have a lot of coffee studying to do.

Four Barrel, 375 Valencia St., San Francisco. PH: 415.896.4289. Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. fourbarrelcoffee.com

Barista at work

Barista at work

Coffee beans stores in large glass jars

Coffee beans stored in large glass jars

Sipping on a macchiato

Sipping on a macchiato

Maintaining the coffee roaster

Maintaining the coffee roaster

Cool display of coffee and more

Cool display of coffee and more

The Valencia cafe always seem to be filled inside and out

The Valencia cafe always seem to be filled inside and out

4 Responses to Mission Cool at Four Barrel Coffee House in San Francisco

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    It’s amazing all the boutique coffee roasters that have popped up in the past couple of years. But we Bay Areans do love our cup of joe.

  2. Hipster or not, I do love that place. I think Sight glass is still my favorite though!