Four Barrel Comes Out with Barista Mugs

Categories: Coffee, Shopping
Jonathan Kauffman
Regret that you don't get to see your favorite barista every day? Now you can.
Four Barrel Coffee set out a new line of commemorative diner mugs on its countertop last week, just in time for the holidays. SFoodie spotted the cups, did a double take, and broke out laughing. Each of the four mugs, which cost $10 apiece, depicts a different Four Barrel barista: Bobby Valentino, the Cinnamon Girl (Loma Pongmee), "Nicky I Like Your Face" (manager Nicky Coach), and the Viking (Brett Walker).

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Jodi Geren, Four Barrel operations manager, says the drawings were all done by Kevin Walker, who's illustrated all the coffee shop's mugs to date. "He's a regular customer and a really talented artist," Geren says, "so if we have a wild hair we run it by him."

SFoodie asked if the baristas pictured are treating the sale of their mugs as a popularity contest. No, Geren laughed ― however, she did mention that the Viking mug is selling best. Sounds like Cinnamon Girl and Bobby Valentino need to step up the charm.

Four Barrel Coffee: 375 Valencia (at 15th St.), 252-0800.

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