We here at Four Barrel Coffee are super excited to be showcasing art from a Four Barrel Coffee family member, Brett Walker. The opening reception for his show Your Oceans Are Not Big Enough For Me will be October 10th from 6-8pm. Come by the cafe at 375 Valencia and check everything out. If you can’t make it, no worries, his show will be up from October 8th to November 13th, so you will have plenty of time.

From the artist:

Made in late 2012, Your Oceans Are Not Big Enough For Me is a body of work that references my general feelings about art making and desire right now, how I want so much more than the world can provide for me, and how I know so much more is out there and available, the potential for life is limitless, and I want it all right now, and no matter how big or crazy or wild it is, I am sort of ready for it. All these images were made around the Great Lakes in Michigan and Wisconsin, and I just felt when I was there that those bodies of water are huge and vast, they felt scary and unknown to me in ways the ocean doesn’t, and I am someone who regularly swims in the bay here in San Francisco, and who also has no problem just jumping in the ocean down at Ocean Beach or when I go bike camping down the coast around Santa Cruz. Those bodies of water, the Great Lakes, became a metaphor in a way for how I was feeling, the water was mysterious, and it was amazing to be in the center of North America, totally landlocked, and find these bodies of water, they were loud, and the waves were rough, the current was intense, hard to swim in, much like the ocean, but different, unknown, places to explore, I was curious, and no matter how big and scary they seemed, I was ready for them. These feelings and experiences with the water all came about while I was on a two week residency/teaching trip with my family, basically all expenses paid, which is the ultimate dream job for me; in a way, I would love nothing more to be able to travel the world and make art, and bring my family along with me, and yet, even while I was getting to do and experience just that, there was and has been for a while this notion that there is so much more out there, that with every subsequent success or whatever in my art practice, there comes more drive and ambition, like, okay, this is what you’ve given me, well, now give me more.


We are super excited to have the team from Hapax Bread to our Caledonia Alley service this Sunday, Sept. 22nd.

As always Caledonia is open for your coffee needs from 9am to 3pm, and we will be serving quite an amazing spread of goodies brought to you by the folks at Hapax. Croissants and breads of different varieties, babkas, and tea cakes will all be available for your enjoyment. So come on by grab some delicious coffee or espresso and take something delicious to munch on as well.



Sat-Sun 9/14-9/15, 9am-3pm, on Polplar Alley at 25th St, SF

Those who have noticed our Craigslist posting for this weekend’s sale may be asking themselves:
“Why does Four Barrel Coffee have a collection of vintage beer cans and signs?”
“Why would anyone who had such a rad collection sell it?”
“What exactly constitutes a record ‘too awesome to play in the cafe?’”
“Will there be coffee?”

These are all entirely reasonable questions.

Since that’s been settled, we’ll see you at the first and only Four Barrel Coffee Random Stuff Storage Sale (4BCRS3) this weekend.
Sat-Sun 9/14-9/15 9am-3pm
Poplar Alley between Valencia & Guererro off 25th St, SF



Back to Cool… Coffees

In case you hadn’t noticed, there are nine—yes, nine—new coffees on the Four Barrel roster. Please, tool around a little on the Web site, and pick a couple out. You’ll notice our first-ever offering from Malawi, as well as a couple of new Ethiopian coffees. Some of our favorite relationships from years past are reappearing as well, from Guatemala, Honduras, and Kenya. We’re very proud of the current batch of coffees, so we want you to know: Just like silly back-to-school sales, these coffees are seasonal. They may be gone by the time the last leaves fall from the trees.


Hot dog! Hot dogs! is a collaboration between Justin Hager and Kristine Reano. This side project captures their love for pop culture and funny characters. Each piece was created with both artists painting at the same time–Justin being a lefty, Kristine being a righty–and mostly on found objects. They believe in growing down, and keeping the mind youthful and in the gutter :)

Justin Hager is a self-taught artist living and working in San Francisco, California. His illustrations and paintings draw inspiration from his childhood and blends the concept of nostalgia with images and memories from pop culture. His “mash ups” blur the lines of high and low brow, offer up an explicitly humorous social commentary, and ultimately serves up a wink and a smile to those viewing it. Justin has participated in solo and group shows at Guerrero Gallery, RVCA gallery, 111 Minna, and Benny Gold in San Francisco, and Openhouse Gallery in New York.

Kristine Reano is a San Francisco-based artist working in acrylic and watercolor. Her latest work revolves around characters living in a  make believe, playful world. From a banana man sliding down a water slide, to a weiner dog diving through a donut, these characters and others like them are a reflection of her fun loving, positive point of view. Kristine has participated in solo and group shows in San Francisco and the East Bay, as well as in Portland.

Opening Reception Sept 5th at 6pm at Four Barrel Coffee, 375 Valencia St, SF, CA
Show runs from Sept 5th to Oct 9th




To celebrate the upcoming releases of three massive records, Polyvinyl will be holding a listening party at Four Barrel, playing in their entirety Of Montreal’s Lousy with Sylvianbriar, The Dodos’ Carrier, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s Fly By Wire, weeks before they are released to the public.  In true audiophile fashion, the vinyl records will all be played using Four Barrel Coffee’s famous vinyl audio setup–a vintage McIntosh tube amp, vintage Micro Seiki DD-20 Direct Drive turntable, and vintage speakers. Two of the three records will also be on hand for advanced purchase, as well as a limited Polyvinyl Records coffee mug, and, for that day only, any bag of beans that you purchase from Four Barrel will come with a free CD, courtesy of our friends at Polyvinyl. Beer will be available as well, and, of course, coffee.


We are turning 5 this year, and you are all invited to the big bash.
Free drinks while we are open from 7am to 4pm.
Free cake from Tartine at noon!!

The photo booth will be in action again starting at noon thanks to the crew from Glasscoat Photo Booth.
Joey the Cat will be showing up with some rad skeeball machines.
And yes, there will be goats, rabbits, and other cute things in the parklet courtesy of Little Explorers for everybody to come pet from noon to 3pm.
This year we will even have Brass Magic showing up to play some brass from 11am to noon in the parklet.
Oh, and I almost forgot, Los Compadres will be showing up with one of their trucks to sling some tacos at some point.
Wow, what a party!

So if you are around you should really come and celebrate. We will be closing at 4pm, so just make sure to get here before then.

Thanks for an amazing 5 years!

Love, Four Barrel Coffee


August 1st – September 4th

Lamped Out

Moses Rios

Opening reception August 1st at 6pm













This group, primarily a study of color and composition, also plays with texture and unconventional platforms.

I refer to these as Works, mainly because they begin to move from the realm of “images” or “views” into the realm of “objects.”

If a work is inspired by a thought, vision or experience from any memory, then rather than attempting to recreate it as a “scene,” the feeling is called into existence in the form of a painting. The nexus of wonder-thought is carried years forward much how the artist Tal R described as ”creating a chance, an opportunity for this old, confused medium called Painting.”

Willis Stork was born in Los Angeles in 1972 and attended California College of Arts and Crafts. He received his BFA in Film/Video/Performance in 1995. He had his first show of works in oil at Lineage Performing Arts in Pasadena in 2011.

Four Barrel is his first solo exhibition in the Bay Area.


As a Nextcourse fundraising partner, we’re pleased to offer great perks, including a “Better Brewing at Home” class to five lucky donors to the Nextcourse crowdfunding campaign in support of an equitable food system for all.

Since 2003, Nextcourse non-profit educational programs have helped some of San Francisco’s most undernourished groups make new connections to fresh, local foods through nutrition education, hands-on meal preparation, confidence-building, empowerment, and leadership training. Ultimately program participants learn from direct experience that preparing and eating healthy food can be life-changing.

They need $20,000 in funding to continue three innovative programs.  Your contributions will help Nextcourse pay their chef instructors, buy food and supplies for classes, as well as procure and maintain cooking equipment and utensils. These programs include:

Urban Youth programs in the Mission District and Potrero Hill
Nextcourse works with high school students of the San Francisco inner-city to help plant, tend and harvest a garden in the school courtyard, prepare meals, and teach healthy nutrition to their peers. The program is so well received that every year a number of graduates make plans to begin their work life in the food industry.

Women in Transition program in SOMA
Program participants are recently incarcerated women in the process of reconstructing their lives. By learning how to prepare healthy meals for themselves, they also establish a powerful pattern of self-love.

Adults Facing Mental Illness program in the Tenderloin
Nextcourse was approached by a medical doctor two years ago to begin this program, working with adults who take prescription drugs for mental challenges and then develop Metabolic Syndrome as an undesireable side effect. To help this group eat healthier and adjust to living in a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel, Nextcourse developed a course that provides participants with a set of kitchen tools they use to prepare meals for themselves in their rooms. In addition, all individuals take part in weekly group cooking classes, farmers’ market trips, and exercise planning. They receive one-on-one professional support to establish meaningful health and wellness goals that can be longlasting.

As you can tell Nextcourse is a pretty rad organization, doing pretty amazing things. So check out their fundraiser here and if you can donate to the cause.