Food & Drink

Fancy French presses in a rugged setting

Published On 08/20/2008 Published On 08/20/2008

Extending from the iron-doored entrance clear through to the back alley, this roastery/cafe's done up rugged (exposed plank ceiling/masonite chairs/chunky wood tables) and presided over by a feral combo of video gamey animal art and boars' heads. Hit the daily cupping station for French press action (Central and South American, African, Indonesian...), or the enormous espresso bar for specialty drinks and Dynamo Donuts.

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1. Four Barrel Coffee 375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

Four Barrel is not only the best coffee in San Francisco, but it’s earned praise as some of the best in the country with sustainable practices and tasty beans. It’s all about the coffee at this Mission shop (with locations in Portola and The Mill on Divisadero), so don’t expect a laptop-friendly, camp-out-all-day vibe. Since 2007, Four Barrel founder Jeremy Tooker has carried the flag for light roasts, single origins, and a soundtrack dominated by vinyl instead of carefully curated Spotify playlists.