Name - Dark Horse Coffee
Region - Kapiti
Name - Colt
Origin - Blend of 5 secret beans
This month I took a trip to the Dark Horse coffee roastery on the Kapiti cost. I grew up around Kapiti, before the time of Dark Horse. It's a nice seaside, suburban town but it always needed some better coffee. The roastery is set across the road from the famous Tuatara Brewery! Can't beat beer and coffee. It's awesome to find such an cool little coffee company like this one in my old stomping grounds.
Dark Horse was born in 2016. Matthew Payne is the man behind it all and of course the master roaster. Its a unique roastery. The whole place is wide and open inside a big warehouse, with a loading bay entrance. It has a industrial interior with a cool retro vibe. There's coffee trees, brewing equipment and arcade games. This is my kind of roastery and have to say, one of my favorites. Set up as a espresso bar on one side and the production area on the other. You can a brew, watch the process from bean to cup and play some street fighter 2.
Matt has over 20 years experience working with coffee. From equipment to brewing and roasting he crafts some awesome coffee. Hes traveled to parts of Asia and beyond in the hunt for quality beans. Talking to growers and experiencing where it all comes from, hes on a mission to not only make good coffee but help people along the way and better the industry for everyone involved.
Currently Dark Horse uses two newer Probate roasters. They're amazing machines, known for the top quality and style. Not to mention they have been around forever.
His signature Dark Horse roast “Colt” is this months brew. A medium-dark roast that's full bodied, rich and indulgent. It’s well balanced with acidity, sweet and bitterness. We normally reveal the origin of beans so you can see how each roaster has their own unique way of roasting and bringing out different flavours. This time we have kept it in the "dark". I've always felt like it's interesting to know where a brew is from and how the different flavours interact with each other BUT this can also give you a bias perception of the flavour profile. So Colt is crafted from 5 secret origins. Most blends generally use 3 beans so its cool to see this one having a point of difference. The unique characteristics that each bean brings, means it's perfectly balanced in both flavour and body, delivering a flavour profile of rich dark Ghana cocoa, ripe red berries, black Doris plum, milk chocolate and an incredibly moorish caramel finish.