Wednesday, November 10, 2010

8: Dark Horse Espresso Bar

Dark Horse Espresso Bar 
Address: 682 Queen Street East
Neighbourhood: Riverside
This east-end favourite has now expanded over the bridge to the west (on Spadina in the Robertson Building), bringing the best from this location and leaving the Queen West Crowd jealous for the authentic deal.
In the centre of the Cafe is a large wooden communal with shivel chairs that seems to do a great job inviting passer-bys who peer through the large glass windows. Seats at the bar allow those that are more inclined to have a chat with the baristas, about bean selection, daily musings and even the occassional rant. Exposed brick walls and columns, with airvents and a great metallic large tiled ceiling sets the mood of the cafe; Comfy, Colourful, and Cunning. There seems to be a rotating selection of artwork, but the main draw is the Cityscape etched into the espresso bar (photo above) imprinted with Dark Horses' logo.

What's on tap:
Machine: Mirage Triplette Classic
Doser: Mazzer
Turnover: High foot-track
Beans: Detour Customs roast - single origin (Brasil)
Music: spot on
Indie Coffee Passport: YES
Disloyality Program: YES

*They also occasionally feature other beans for their press, but keep it the same with Detour's custom blend. Detour operates out of Dundas, ON (outside of Hamilton), with the close partnership that has developed between Cafe and Roaster, it would not be surprising that they created a unique blend of espresso for Momiji during her trials to be crowned Eastern Barista Champion. It would seems that it fits, and both parties have benefitted from the exposure, only great things to come for both companies.



Verdict: Hints of Citrus, medium body with heavy tones of chocolate for a smooth drink.

They offer a wide selection of drinks and baked goods. But really... it's all about the espresso, the beautiful Mirage machine and an actual espresso bar to chat with the ever so busy barista.

Recommended: Trek-worthy of those that will travel for a great double espresso shot.



I leave you with something to ponder about....
People Watching to kill time.

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