Another week down. Thank you for being so incredibly positive as we continue this transition.

We’re moving our roastery back to Valencia Street over the next few weeks. You wholesale partners, café patrons, and web customers shouldn’t notice any difference--except for the zip code on the return label. We’ll be roasting everything in that same beautiful 15 kilo (33 pound) 1957 Probat that we started with nine years ago.

Some of you have asked how our growing partners will be affected by this transition. The specifics remain unclear for now, but we’re dedicated to honoring our long-term relationships with growers... read more...

We’ve listened, and we’re getting set up for real change.

The things that can be done quickly, we’ve done. We’ve instituted external HR. We’re covering all co-pays for co-worker counseling through Kaiser -- no questions asked.

We also heard that most believe our original name, Four Barrel, is worth keeping. So we’re sticking with it. And to those of you who have stuck with us—thank you. We cherish you.

This company looks very different today than it did three weeks ago. We’re giving our all to save it. Until Four Barrel is stabilized and debt-free, our opportunities for equity sharing and other... read more...

THE ARTISTS OF OAKLAND'S CREATIVE GROWTH ART CENTER BRING IT, FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING.

THE ARTISTS OF OAKLAND'S CREATIVE GROWTH ART CENTER BRING IT.

CREATIVE GROWTH IS AMONG AMERICA'S OLDEST, LARGEST, AND FRANKLY MOST AWESOME CENTERS FOR ARTISTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL, MENTAL, AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. IN THIS WINTER-LONG COLLABORATION, FOUR BARREL BAGS FEATURE ART FROM CREATIVE GROWTH ARTISTS, WHILE 4B & THE MILL CAFE WALLS DISPLAY THEIR ORIGINAL ART. AND THEY BRING IT, SO TO SPEAK.

 

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Four Barrel Coffee featured artist Julianna Bright doesn't want to be a ***k

Four Barrel Coffee featured artist Julianna Bright doesn't want to be a ***k

We really wanted to talk to Julianna Bright about her art for the fancy new coffee bags, so we called her. We used a telephone. Here’s what she said:

“The seed for a lot of that style came from reencountering children’s illustrated books. I got a sense memory of being pre-literate. I remembered being a child, looking at pictures, and trying to figure out what they were about.”

That’s sort of why we called. Because we don’t know what those artworks are... read more...