A new entrant to the burgeoning coffee roasting scene in San Diego has opened as of Saturday, January 19th: Dark Horse Coffee Roasters in Normal Heights. Located at 3260 Adams Avenue, next to the Normal Heights Post Office, Dark Horse joins the ever-expanding array of businesses that have located on Adams Avenue in recent years. Soon to join Dark Horse will be the double-team of Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine just down the street at 30th Street and Adams Avenue.
Owned and operated by Daniel Charlson, Dark Horse features house-roasted coffee (no espresso) served in a variety of ways: french press, pour over, and cold brewed. The pour-over selections when I visited were Brazil, El Salvador, and Papua New Guinea. I opted for the Papua New Guinea pour over and purchased a mug since the shop is currently in ‘soft opening’ mode and hasn’t yet received their porcelain products for ‘to stay’ use. The coffee was good, on the dark side but not bitter.
In addition to being the owner and roaster Mr. Charlson also designed and built pretty much everything in the shop: the register, the wood sections on the walls, and most likely anything else you see as well. The shop has a cozy feel and a large window that looks out onto busy Adams Avenue. Cheers to a young entrepreneur that is willing to take the initiative to start a business and also skilled and creative enough to envision and create the physical space for that business. Personal touches are evident as well, including the collection of license plates from Mr. Charlson’s native state of Hawaii.
If you’re in Normal Heights or looking to try a new coffee roaster Dark Horse is worth a visit. Additionally, they utilize Square for processing payments and if you use the Square Wallet mobile app there is currently a deal for half off your first purchase at the shop. Just in case you needed another reason to visit.