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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:25am
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Itís July 2009 and that means the Semicon West show is happening in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I found out that inside there is also a Disco, but this one doesnít have music nor serves any coffee. (Disco is a company from Japan)

While in San Francisco on Wednesday, I also had a chance to visit Four Barrel as well as visit the various other coffee houses in the city. Note, this thread is about Four Barrel but there are now so many good coffee houses in San Francisco that a visit to Four Barrel also means a visit to other coffee houses since they are all relatively close to each other. That is why this coffee trip report also includes visits to other coffee houses. The many good coffee houses in San Francisco also means that baristas change jobs to work for other coffee houses or even start a new coffee house, so each coffee house isnít just an island by themselves anymore.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:26am
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The SFMOMA museum, the building with this slanted round shape, is only one block from Semicon West. Blue Bottle opened a new coffee house on the rooftop about a month ago, which requires a $15 museum entrance fee to visit. But SFMOMA is closed on Wednesday so I didnít get to check out Blue Bottle.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:27am
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It was recommended to me to visit the new farm:table coffee house on Post Street. On the way I walked by this very unusual building which houses the Contemporary Jewish Museum and opened in 2008. The architect is Libeskind who also submitted a design for the new Freedom Tower in New York. But can Libeskind pull a good espresso?

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:27am
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farm:table was started by baristas who used to work for Blue Bottle. Very small but cute coffee house with only one table inside.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:28am
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Farm:table serves coffee from Verve in Santa Cruz. I had this All-City ristretto which was a good shot, fruity, tangy, plenty body but not too much complexity.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:29am
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I walked over Blue Bottle on Mint street, where I had this very nice double espresso. It was very crowded. Good to see they are doing well. They opened in January 2008.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:29am
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I read on the coffeeratings blog that the two brothers Jerad and Justin Morrison, who used to work for Four Barrel, are starting their own coffee house called Sightglass located on 270 7th street. They are now in the same position Four Barrel was in last year, not officially open, but already serving espresso. Very good reviews already on Yelp. But as I walked by on Wednesday they were unfortunately closed that day.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:30am
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I made it to Haus on 24th street, a coffee house that opened just two months ago in May, and serves coffee from Ritual.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:31am
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Very minimalist with nice wooden interior architecture inside.

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2009, 12:31am
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I had this Ritual Sundae espresso. Quite nice but not as good as Hopscotch which was the blend Ritual pulled last month.

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