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Four Barrel soon to open location in the Portola!

San Francisco and the bay area is famous for food. But coffee comes a close second. With big brands like Peet’s Coffee in Berkeley to exquisite San Francisco coffee companies that are fully embracing responsible sourcing, environmentally friendly stores and high quality products. Four Barrel coffee is one of these companies and is driving the city’s most interesting and modern approach to the whole coffee phenomenon. News just broke in the last few weeks that they will be extending their reach into the Portola! This is exciting news and as such the Portola Planet called Four Barrel owner, Jeremy Tooker, to get some further information on the project.

New Four Barrel location in the Portola

New Four Barrel location in the Portola

Jeremy is in the final stages of opening the store at a location on San Bruno and Burrows. We asked him why the Portola was his next destination and he said that “well respected friends said it would be a great idea to open a store in the Portola.” He nearly bought a new home in the neighborhood, but his love for the beach ended up in a purchase to the East of the city. The Portola was also an amazing community to work with, Jeremy commented that “so much positivity came from the Portola, such an amazing response to his ideas to open a store”. Unlike any neighborhood he had worked with yet.

We asked what style the new store would take on, would it reflect the Valencia Street location? He said the style has not been fully developed, but he wants to avoid a cookie cutter approach and wants to reflect the neighborhood. It also will be called Four Barrel, a brand that Jeremy wishes to retain for neighborhood locations, unlike his new venture, The Mill, another new coffee store further downtown. What is certain however is that Jeremy intends to make the shop an example of a green business. He mentioned possible plans to create a compostable toilet and a closed loop water system, where waste and rain water is recycled into the business.

Jeremy really was very enthusiastic about coming to the Portola and he wanted to say thank you to everyone who has helped so far. He hopes to be serving us all coffee around the November / December time frame. We can’t wait. So while we drum our fingers in anticipation, check out the following video which really portrays the whole approach Jeremy and the rest of his team have towards coffee.


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  1. Jennif

    YAY!! So excited for this location to open.

  2. Alison Marks

    I can’t wait! I’ve lived in the Portola for 15+ years and have always said a great coffee shop is what’s missing. That it’s Four Barrel is amazing!

  3. Ruth Wallace

    Four Barrel has been great to work with and we’re thrilled to get them. The Portola Neighborhood Association (PNA) and the property owner, Michael Anthony, have been so impressed with Four Barrel’s true belief in the power of the Portola. They are going to be a great addition to the neighborhood.

  4. Chuck Farrugia

    Very exciting. Thanks everyone!

  5. Susie Mui-Shonk

    I am sooooo excited to walk and get good coffee. Go Portola!

  6. Wendy

    I just found this blog – what great news and a great place for Portola news! We just bought a house in the neighborhood and are very excited to explore!

    1. jackie

      Welcome to the Portola, Wendy!

  7. Hannah

    I’m so excited for a coffee shop in the neighborhood! I can’t wait to try it when I’m back home for Winter Break. (College students need their coffee)
    And so excited to see that there is a blog about my neighborhood.

  8. Luna

    I’m so excited that we’ll have this coffe shop…equally excited about finding this great blog.

  9. mona

    any updates on when this is opening??

    1. Ruth Wallace

      The new Burrows Pilot at the dead end of Burrows is currently under construction. Four Barrel has begun work on their Portola location, also at the dead end of the Burrows. We are hoping the new park will be completed mid-February and have been told that Four Barrel will be in by the end of February 2013.

      1. Chuck Farrugia

        I cant wait… the sweet smell of brewing coffee and a nice place to relax and drink it. what more can we ask for?

  10. Ruth Wallace

    Four Barrel has had some delays, but they are currently working on their space at 1 Burrows. They plan to open this summer, 2013, that is. Stop by and see the progress and see the new park under construction at the dead end of Burrows.

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