The Four Barrel sign outdoors is gone. So the distinctive Four Barrel espresso taste is no longer to be had. Instead they are using Avoca beans from Ft. Worth. The place is still fun and has the rustic feel of the Mission District coffee house but the coffee and the level of expertise of the baristas is still in transition. They have a lot of part time people come through as staff and the training for the coffee side still need to improve. Thus as a consumer, the best of the beans is not yet extracted, and the latte art is still suspect. On the positive side, they are doing some pretty tasty natural juice drinks.
Four Barrel Dallas? This is as close as one is going to get without having to take a flight to San Francisco. The place is inspired by the casual Mission district icon with a Texas twist. It serves Four Barrel Beans + Four Barrel principals came to Dallas to train the baristas in Dallas. The only thing that is different is the Clover milk Four Barrel uses and the experience of the baristas here in Dallas. Dallas's coffee scene took a major leap ahead with Brooke Humphries's launch of Mudsmith. It's definitely worth visiting.
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