A nook of a coffee shop, smaller than a Japanese bar—yet easy to spot by the chalkboard sign with daily scribbles and the outdoor seating of logs and benches. Go for the holy trinity and order coffee, a thick cut of cinnamon toast, and a young coconut with a straw.
Four Barrel Coffee is a cafe without Wi-Fi or outlets- and this is a good thing. They succeeded in getting customers to put down their phones and computers and connect with each other in this Valencia street café. People engage in conversation over the wooden counters and communal seating inside, or in the welded metal bar on the sidewalk out front. Dogs lounge on the floor, good music is always playing- it’s a great neighborhood scene. In the back of the shop, a handful of employees expertly tend to the coffee roaster. Customers have the choice of French pressed, or if you have a minute, the pour-over coffee is well worth the wait.