Four Barrel Nixes Soy. Forever.

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Molly Gore
Soon, soy milk lattes will be a thing of the past at Four Barrel.
BREAKING: It's the last call for soy at Four Barrel. In the next two weeks, café/roastery will be striking soy milk in favor of almond milk as their non-dairy option. We anticipated the change might have been a reaction to customer demand, but after talking with Jeremy Tooker, owner of Four Barrel, we discovered the choice was a broadly ethical one. Tooker reminded us that, politically and nutritionally, soy's got nothing on almond milk.

"Honestly, I never really understood the soy phenomenon. It's not that good for you, unless it's fermented, and you've got this whole GMO problem behind it," said Tooker.

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If we're talking about GMO's, this seems an especially poignant time to make the switch -- in view of the approaching vote on California's Prop 37. Soy used to be considered the healthy "hippie milk," an alternative that was kinder to the body and land. But studies in the last fifteen years have called it into question. Attacks on soy have highlighted suspect agricultural practices such as slash-and-burn farming, the clearing of rainforests, and genetic manipulation of the seeds. Soy is a problem even closer to home, too -- any barista will tell you the milk is a notoriously fickle beast under the steaming wand. Happily for folks behind the machine, almond milk should smooth out the issue.

But most importantly, "almond milk just tastes way better. It's delicious," says Tooker. Four Barrel is still experimenting with a few brands of almond milk, considering such factors as the compatibility of the milk's emulsifier and taste with coffee, as well as the practicality and waste of packaging. Four Barrel is not the first coffee venue to make the switch, but they are certainly the first roasting company around town to do so. Tooker tells us that the roastery would love to make their own almond milk, like Farm:Table does, but the resources required are unavailable for now.

Lastly, we're curious. Will soy lovers be angry? Will there be soy riots?

"I don't think so. I'm sure that some soy fanatics will come out of the woodwork, but I don't think we'll have much of a problem," said Tooker. We, for one, are pretty excited.

Soy milk, out.





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Four Barrel Roasters

375 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

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14 comments
meatsack
meatsack

Someone gets a coffee and puts maybe an ounce of milk in it, and is worried about if it is soy or almond milk?  What a sad state San Francisco has devolved to. 

ventus
ventus

Life changing news and definitely front page material..??? 

kidhack
kidhack

@likeawesome @sfoodie @JaredZimmerman @bayareabites @fourbarrel @JEFFREYPARADISE it's just inherently wrong to mix beans.

Christina Mueller
Christina Mueller

I agree with the reasoning behind the switch to almond milk but my experience tells me that soy just tastes better in coffee. We shall see how the customers react.

sonjster
sonjster

What about lactose intolerant people with nut allergies?

JaredZimmerman
JaredZimmerman

@kidhack are you saying 3 bean chili is wrong? You are wrong sir! cc:@likeawesome @SFoodie @bayareabites @fourbarrel @JEFFREYPARADISE

kidhack
kidhack

@JaredZimmerman @likeawesome @sfoodie @bayareabites @fourbarrel @jeffreyparadise technically coffee is not a legume. P.S. carob is a hoax.

BillStewart2012
BillStewart2012

 @nicestrice Besides, there are lots of lactose intolerant people with soy allergies also.  (Rice milk's not bad, though I find it's usually boring and sugary.)

JaredZimmerman
JaredZimmerman

@kidhack the carob is a lie? @likeawesome @SFoodie @bayareabites @fourbarrel @JEFFREYPARADISE

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