Refuse to be Passive

Downtown Dark Horse

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm

If you don’t know it’s there, you’re liable to miss it. The awning to the small coffee shop only draws the attention of those who already know the name, who know the wings with a star in the middle. It’s Dark Horse, and it’s take up residence on John St. between Adelaide and Richmond.  Walking down the steps and into the dimly lit café, it’s almost like walking into a pub for hipsters. There’s a red brick wall, a tin roof, vintage looking lights, the hipster mix of rustic, vintage, and modern. It’s a long narrow room, with seating primarily at counters along the walls with stools. Only one tiny corner can boast a table, and even that table is barely two feet wide. Actually, maybe it’s closer to one and a half—just enough to fit your notebook and a coffee.

Although the location may be different, and even the feel in that it is darker than other locations, the staff is friendly and helpful, just like the other Dark Horse locations I’ve frequented. And, as usual, they do an excellent coffee. Today’s drink was a Rwandan Bufcafe pour over (yes, I realized the picture is of a french press, thanks to YYZtech, as I forgot my camera today). It was truly well done, the water not poured to quickly, the grounds kept appropriately moist, but not drowning. The result? An intensely flavourful coffee. Really lovely.

The playlist is a mix of everything from modern pop/rock to classics of the sixties and seventies.  The sound is neither too loud nor too soft. You can hear the music to the point of understanding the words or bopping along to the beat, but it is not so loud as to inhibit conversation.  And if you’re like me, and are taking the time to enjoy your coffee, write a letter, and then type a while on your laptop, you won’t be shunned or given the evil eye. This Dark Horse is a downtown haven, a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown and all those people walking by with their Roll Up The Rim cups. Who needs to roll up the rim to be perpetually disappointed when you can be guaranteed a satisfying cup of dark, steamy, goodness just blocks away at Dark Horse? Brewing Detour Coffee, you can even give yourself a pat on the back for going local, as it’s roasted right in our backyard in Dundas, Ontario. So next time you’re tempted to go for that drink at Timmy’s, opt to go just a block or two further and get yourself a quality drink crafted with both skill and love.


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