I tried blue bottle and stumptown before four barrel and four barrel was definitely the best of the three. I had the same in all three - latte as they don't do flat whites in the states.
There can be fairly long queues but the service is good and there is plenty of time in the queue to soak up the cool vibe and look around the large space.
The latte had a good texture and was easy on tongue. No bitterness at all which is always a positive. It had a slight fruity taste but that could have been the passion fruit and chocolate donut that. It's the donut and other interesting treats along with the feel of the place that made me give four barrel 5 stars.
There isn't much seating which is surprising give the size of four barrel but I like the feeling of loft like space. And you can get bar style seating and watch them roast beans. There is also street seating.
There were folk in with laptops but I didn't check for wifi. I've heard they don't have any.
The location is good. Some people find the mission 'sketchy' but I found this part to be fine. There is street art at 16th and Valencia. The park isn't far and you should check out Tartine and Bi-rite creamery too.
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