Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

Small batches + lighter roasts (+ occasional live music) in Truckee, CA

San Diego-based mini-chain Dark Horse Coffee brought its easygoing surfer vibe and daily, small-batch roasting to a late 1800s stone and timber building in historic downtown Truckee, California in 2014.

Surf's up at  Alpine Meadows , which is located 20 minutes from downtown Truckee—and from Dark Horse's freshly roasted coffee beans.  Courtesy Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows

Surf's up at Alpine Meadows, which is located 20 minutes from downtown Truckee—and from Dark Horse's freshly roasted coffee beans. Courtesy Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows

Excellent coffee and fresh snow are perfect partners.  Dreamstime

Excellent coffee and fresh snow are perfect partners. Dreamstime

Roaster Drew Taylor works in five-pound batches, with a focus on single origin beans (particularly from Guatemala, Brazil and Sumatra) and a trend toward medium roasts. French press, pour-over, cold brew and espresso drinks are the main attraction, with organic sourdoughs and other baked goods from nearby Lobo Baking on the side. Local music lovers know to keep their ear to the coffee grounds for word-of-mouth announcements of Dark Horse's cool "after hours" live jams with regional and traveling talent. Find Dark Horse Coffee on the corner of West River and Bridge Streets in Truckee, California. www.darkhorsecoffeeroasters.com

Truckee's authentic historic center dates to the 1860s, although most existing historic buildings date to 1913, after a series of devastating fires prompted the community to rebuild with brick, mortar and stone.  Bill Stevenson | Courtesy Truckee Chamber of Commerce

Truckee's authentic historic center dates to the 1860s, although most existing historic buildings date to 1913, after a series of devastating fires prompted the community to rebuild with brick, mortar and stone. Bill Stevenson | Courtesy Truckee Chamber of Commerce