Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
811 25th St., Unit 100
San Diego, CA 92102
“San Diego Beverage Times” announced that in August 2016 San Diego was named the 6th best city for coffee fanatics. Patty and I have been out and about for over 5 years investigating new coffee spots each month so this isn’t an enormous surprise to us! We’ve been watching San Diego’s explosion of interest in coffee with great interest.
This month’s coffee adventure took us to Dark Horse Coffee Roasters (AKA D.H.C.R.) in Golden Hills. We’ve had Dark Horse coffee before at other locations, but this was our first visit to their shop right off Highway 94 at 25th St.
Dark Horse roasts their own coffee so the smell of roasting beans rises up to greet you upon entering. The shop is decorated with a combination of industrial warehouse and contrasting polished, tree-trunk benches with bark edges.
They are located in the “You Are Here” complex which was designed by Foundation for Form (www.foundationforform.com), located in the complex across the street (next to an Irving Gill home). The You Are Here complex is a mix-use structure that incorporates an existing 1965 Texaco Station into its design. And, yes, it’s very cool.
Back to the coffee, their signature coffee is The Champ, a latte with cinnamon and honey. Patty tried the Salted Maple latte (delish) and I tried an ordinary cup. Pour over setups are lined up for orders and the place was bustling with customers, but plenty of employees and places to sit are available to accommodate everyone. We visited on a drizzly day, but there is also a lovely outside area to sit as well.
We saw, but didn’t try, their house-made vegan donuts which are from their Skinny Donuts sideline (http://www.skinny-donuts.com).
The owner of Dark Horse is a big Beatles fan with George Harrison, the founder of Dark Horse Records, being his favorite Beatle. “Dark Horse” is also the fifth studio album by George Harrison.
We noticed a Simpson cartoon incorporating Dark Horse logos, by Luie B Cartoons:
Other Dark Horse locations are in Normal Heights at 3260 Adams Ave., North Park at 3794 30th St., and Truckee, CA and they do a fabulous wholesale business so you’re sure to discover Dark Horse coffee in other shops.
This location provides easy on and off freeway access and plenty of free street parking on 25th St. Open daily 7AM to 6PM.
We appreciate and applaud the “We Welcome” sign by their front door (see photo below).