Blue Bottle & Four Barrel Named Two of the Coolest Coffeehouses in the Country
By: Dan Rosenbaum
If San Francisco wasn't on your map as a coffee destination, it should be now. San Francisco's own Blue Bottle Coffee and Four Barrel have been recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine as two of the coolest coffeehouses in the country.
Here is what they had to say about Blue Bottle:
"Blue Bottle is one of the major shrines on the national coffee circuit. The shop at Mint Plaza is small, with big windows. Inside it’s like a mad-scientist’s laboratory whose devices are designed to torture the bean and make it yield its secrets. The staff is well versed, the single-origin coffee changes weekly, and there’s never a Blue Bottle too far away, whether you’re sightseeing at SFMOMA or the Ferry Building.
Local Knowledge: When the weather warms, try the flavorful Kyoto-style iced coffee, which involves an eight-hour drip to ensure sufficient potency to stand up to ice."
Blue Bottle Coffee has several locations in San Francisco. Find the location nearest you.
T + L had equal praise for Four Barrel:
"Jeremy Tooker, founder of this decidedly cool Mission District coffeehouse, went for a spare, industrial vibe to fit with the original wood trusses of the warehouse-like space. Mounted boars’ heads and local artwork adorn the white walls, while vinyl records provide the rockin’ soundtrack. But all that hipster-ness doesn’t distract the staff from making memorable coffee. They roast it by hand on a vintage German machine. The affogato is an intense espresso with stout ice cream made exclusively for Four Barrel by neighborhood shop Humphry Slocombe.
Local Knowledge: Communal tables without Wi-Fi or outlets encourage conversation, while bike racks outside let you put that caffeine jolt—and maple bacon donut—to work."
For the entire list of America's coolest coffeehouses, go to Travel + Leisure.
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