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7am - 7pm DAILY


Our coffee

We are a local San Diego business. We special in small-batch handcrafted coffee. We roast and brew specialty coffees from around the world. We are not striving for consistency, we are striving for quality. We specialize in French press, pour over, and cold brew coffee. We are excited to bring you quality coffee. Come check us out.

Brazil Sweet Light Body

El Salvador Fruity, Berries, Unique

Sumatra Clean, Sweet, Green Peppers, Balanced, Complex


Our story

Our story

Thanks for visiting Dark Horse Coffee Roasters.  My name is Daniel Charlson and I'm the founder of the company.  I'd like to talk you through briefly the history of Dark Horse and a little bit about me.

I grew up on Kauai, a small island in Hawaii where I was surrounded by coffee fields, that's certainly where my passion for coffee culture was planted.  I have always had a fascination with good coffee and being from a tiny Island, community has always been massively important to me. 

For part time jobs, as a kid I'd work in coffee shops, ever expanding my knowledge on coffee beans and their origins.   I started to remember back to my days in Kauai how local farmers would pick the coffee beans and bag them for export.  I learned more on real coffee and how it was an art and craft.  It wasn't long before I wanted to try my hand at coffee roasting, doing it the real, local way.

I bought a small roaster and began experimenting.  After a lot of trial and error, I was making the best coffee I'd ever tasted.

That's when Dark Horse was born.  I invite you to come try our coffee experience.  From smelling the beans roasting right there in our shop, learning more about how we brew, to our exclusive Dark Horse only beans - you'll feel the Kauai experience from the moment you step inside.

Looking forward to seeing you,
Daniel Charlson


3260 Adams Ave

San Diego, CA



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