Roasted and Toasted
Four Barrel gets into bed with Josey Baker
People go to great lengths in this city to please foodies’ palates. But sometimes all we need to satisfy our appetite is an exceptionally good cup of coffee and an outstanding piece of toast.
That’s why we’re cozying up to The Mill. Jeremy Tooker, the founder of Four Barrel Coffee, and his partner Jodi Geren have teamed up with the man behind the eponymous Josey Baker Bread to open a hybrid shop. The coffee many San Franciscans have become addicted to is served alongside Baker’s loaves of freshly baked dough.
When we stopped in, three toast-and-topping options were on the menu, including a rich “dark mountain rye” slathered with cream cheese and a slice of “country” bread smeared with butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar. The java options are the same as those at the Four Barrel on Valencia Street (coffee, lattes, no soy milk).
Tooker helped design the bright, airy space: Skylights line the ceiling, so natural light shines over the baristas and bread makers who work in an open, kitchen-esque area. A long, skinny table and bench provide plenty of communal seating. Along one wall is custom-made wooden shelving filled with napkins from GDS Cloth Goods, ceramics from Atelier Dion and other provisions for sale.
Coffee and toast have never tasted--or looked--this good together.
736 Divisadero St.; 415-345-1953 or themillsf.com