Roy and I met with Deepa of Schmendrick's Bagels again yesterday and while we didn't get to try any of her amazing bagels yet, we did get a referral to visit Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia. Since we took Bart in, and had some time, we headed over after our meeting. I was amazed. Amazing cafe, great people, nice vibe, and I loved the LP records playing. I told them who we were, gave them a card and of course invited them to see our operation.
If I were going to open a cafe, I could not have done it better that what Four Barrel is doing. Here are some pics from our visit and the coffee was amazing. I had a cup of Rwandan, roasted lightly and it tasted very good. It poured brown with an amazing aroma, nutty taste and smooth finish with a high amount of acid but it added to the coffees brightness. Four Barrel buys direct from Plantation. I like that model and judging from the grain pro bags I saw, they most certainly are buying direct. Way to go Four Barrel Coffee. You might be wondering why I, as a coffee company am plugging another coffee company. Excellence in coffee cannot be contained to just one coffee. All of us have different styles, techniques, abilities and ways of promoting our product. As a Fourth Wave Roaster, I can see that what Four Barrel Coffee is doing in San Francisco is exactly the model that should be done. TeenyTinyCoffeeCompany applauds our colleagues in the business and it gives an added dimension to the spirit of collaboration that all of us in coffee should have. Visit FourBarrel.com and check them out the next time you take BART in to 16'th Street because driving in is not recommended.