February 11, 2013
Forget Valentine’s Day. The real question this winter is, “Where will you be on Wednesday, February 13th?” Answer: you will be at the opening of The Mill at 736 Divisadero in San Francisco, California, USA.
Or maybe not. But that’s where we’ll be, at the official, honest-to-goodness opening of this collaboration between Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker Bread (age before beauty).
According to http://themillsf.com/ , it’ll be open every single day, from 7am to 9pm. So please join us whenever you’re free. We made it for you.
January 21, 2013
Somebody thought that Caledonia Alley was still open this morning. Upon finding out that in fact the alley is only open on the weekends, this poor coyote decided to just hunker down and wait it out.
All kidding aside, we hope this guy gets taken back to a park where it can feel more comfortable and get back to normal.
September 20, 2012
Moustache Baked Goods Pop-Up at Four Barrel’s Caledonia Alleyway
Sunday Sept 23 10am-3pm
Farm-forward French macaroons with Friendo Blendo ganache will be among the offerings presented by Christian and three (!) of his Healdsburg homies this Sunday. They’ll also sell their super-fancy cupcakes, along with homemade “non-Oreos” and a smattering of other sweet things.
San Francisco foodies have been taking the trip north to Moustache for about a year now, and Four Barrel is pleased as a pumpkin whoopee pie to be hosting these cute-as-a-cupcake kids.
June 20, 2012
Raised drying beds at Valverde Abarca
…and what’s that strange ball of fire in the sky? Oh, it’s the sun! And today’s the Spring Solstice! And with spring, comes beautiful fresh and clean Central American coffees. We’re saying goodbye to five old favorites, and hello to seven—yes, SEVEN—new friends.
We’d like to introduce these seven coffees:
A few of these coffees are extremely small lots, and will only last a few weeks. Feel free to place your order now through the Web site, or drop by our mothershop cafe/ roastery. And enjoy these Central American beauties. They’re our springtime jam!
December 23, 2011
We will be opening a little later and closing a little early in the next few days. Here’s a breakdown of our holiday schedule:
Christmas Eve – 8AM – 2PM
Christmas Day – Closed
New Years Eve – 8AM – 5PM
New Years Day – 9AM – 8PM
Happy Holidays from all of us at Four Barrel Coffee!
December 15, 2011
The SF Weekly is featuring our brew class on their blog! Rad!
Confused about those con-fangled new contraptions the bearded kids in your apartment building are pouring coffee into? Tired of the gritty murk you’re producing from your cherished French press? Interested in the options available to you without grinding your $27 single-origin coffee beans into dreck?
Four Barrel Coffee and coffee genius Matthew P. Williams want to help you make better coffee. He’ll guide participants not just in making French press coffee, but making it delicious every time. The course covers the spectrum of drip coffee brewers — Chemex, Clever dripper, Hario v60, and the Aeropress — as well universal tips that go in to making home coffee shine like a polished doorknob. Williams will also clear away the vagueness of what “overextraction” and “underextraction” mean and discuss simple steps (scales! timers!) that can mitigate brewing disasters.
The course fee includes an hour and forty-five minutes of instruction, plus a sampling of the beans used during the class and a discount on the brewing devices in the shop.
The class is $25. New classes have been announced: Monday, December 19, January 9, and January 23, all at 6 p.m. Stop by the cafe to secure your spot or call us at the office Monday – Friday 9am-5pm at (415) 252-0800.
December 15, 2011
We just dropped three spectacular coffees.
Keep an eye out for the Colombia San Agustin Reserve. We purchased this lot from a brand new station in San Agustin, which will be the go-to drop off point for over one hundred farms in the area. This reserve is a beautiful selection from three farms owned by Eliecer Guatin, Marino Ortega, and Leonel San Pablo.
We have another stunning washed Ethiopian coffee, Dumerso of Yirgacheffe. The Dumerso Cooperative was established in 1975 and became one of the 23 coops represented by the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) in 2002. Big fruit aromatics and a cup full of peaches and apricot, balanced sweetness and clean finish.
Our third coffee is another delightful Kenyan coffee, Gikanda Gichathaini. South of Mt. Kenya and east of the Aberdare Range, Gichithaini processes cherry from 897 small-scale farmers in the Nyeri district. The factory is part of the Gikanda Cooperative established in 1996 alongside esteemed Kangocho and Ndaroini mills. Over the years, Gichanthaini has received multiple awards for quality and boasts some of the nicest milling infrastructure of all the region’s factories. In the cup? Old-fashioned strawberry preserves and passionfruit. Yes, please.
We’re also saying farewell to two Guatemalan coffees this week. Until the next harvest, Chuito and Pompeya will be off the menu. If you’re looking for something similar to Chuito and Pompeya, check out our Guatemala Antigua Cadejo. It’s a classic Guatemalan coffee and exceptionally smooth, with notes of fresh cream and caramel.
We’ll be french pressing these new coffees at the main bar and will be featuring them at the Front Bar as filter coffee and espresso. See you soon!
November 30, 2011
Scampy, Four Barrel’s loyal chihuahua/wire terrier rescue dog, has her very own series of mugs this year. The mug series takes Scamp on all sorts of adventures: from the darkest reaches of space to the deepest fathoms of the sea. Come into the cafe and pick up a mug for $10 or get the whole series for $35.
Who is Scampy?
Scamp wandered into Four Barrel during a rainstorm during the build out over three years ago and has been hanging out ever since. She was rescued by Jeremy and Laura and was in pretty bad shape with missing patches of hair and really bad breath. Scamp went to the vet and got her teeth fixed up and got on a new diet and is happier than ever. Scampy loves snuggling, vegetables and howling with Jeremy and Tal.
Scampy Adventure mugs are now also available in our web shop!
October 26, 2011
Two of FourBarrel Coffee’s awesome exporting partners will show slides and discuss the Colombian coffee world right here at FourBarrel Cafe at 6:30pm Thursday, October 27. It’s a casual and fun presentation, free and open to the public. Please join us.
Alejandro Cadena and Ryan Brown of Virmax Coffee Colombia are two great guys. They’ve spearheaded the marriage of ethics and coffee quality that we depend upon here at FourBarrel. It’s a great chance to learn and ask questions about Colombian farming, processing, purchasing, and exporting.
Do you have a question about what we mean when we talk about growers “improving their farming practices”? Do you wonder how your coffee dollars do (or don’t) make it into farmers’s hands? Do you like looking at pretty slides of beautiful Colombian mountainsides while drinking Colombia Bruselas Andino?
We look forward to seeing you here at FourBarrel.