Words and Pictures by J.D. DiGiovanni, Blog Contributor. 

Photo by J.D. DiGiovanni.

Photo by J.D. DiGiovanni.

I was always fascinated with the concept of Mary Poppins’ bag, or more specifically, how movie magic enabled Julie Andrews to pull out whatever the hell she wanted from her purse. The trick was straightforward, yet satisfying; small bag, big umbrella.

Photo by J.D. DiGiovanni.

Photo by J.D. DiGiovanni.

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters’ location in North Park’s Waypoint Public pulls a similar trompe-l'œil in a couple of different ways. It’s a tiny café, with only three tables and a cash register only steps away from the door. The perfect marriage of natural light, large open-windows and a glass door tricks the eye. I barely thought of the café’s small size when I went to get a pour-over their Guatemala Hunapu, SD Coffee Club : coffee of the month.

Photo by J.D. DiGiovanni.

Photo by J.D. DiGiovanni.

This pour over was made using a Bee House dripper, one of the preferred brewing methods of barista, Mike Helms. This Guatemala is a developed and balanced cup with notes of chocolate and a silky mouth feel. It’s a really accessible introduction to lighter roasted coffees.  The coffee demonstrated what’s in-line with specialty coffee: to pull something really big out of something as small as a bean. Mary Poppins carried a Bee House dripper in her carpetbag right?

Photo by J.D. DiGiovanni.

Photo by J.D. DiGiovanni.



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