Photo of Dark Horse Coffee Roasters in Truckee, CA, US
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Dark Horse Coffee Roasters


beans • historic building • best coffee in town • fabulous coffee

10009 W River St Ste B
Truckee, CA 96161, US
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  • Photo of Dave M
    5 months ago
    This is a coffee bar that's trying to be a city place but in the mountains. They're trying to be cool, but they're missing it
  • Photo of LM W
    7 months ago
    Wonderful place - they make great coffee. Really kind staff & very cool atmosphere. Super spot to get some work done with their free wifi.
  • Photo of GaryJ2468
    7 months ago
    Cool location, easy parking near the rail tracks .... nice chairs / sofas to while away a few minutes before you head out to Truckee
  • Photo of kelpforest
    a year ago
    I enjoyed americanos here, and the rustic benches inside were a good place to catch up with friends. Warm up with a delicious hot drink here!
  • Photo of Sean O
    a year ago
    Great coffee and knowledgeable staff in a historic building. They have an electric guitar set up for customers that care to play.
  • Photo of MarcyMarkOakland
    Knowledgeable staff guides you through their coffees. They make all the usual coffee drinks as well as a great cup. Very comfortable and warm in winter for visiting, sitting and reading, or checking internet - cool in the summer because of the amazing stone walls. Historic building, too. Was so disappointed when books and beans left, but this is a great replacement. You can buy beans there (ground or actual beans) too.
  • Photo of sejw
    a year ago
    I went to New Zealand and learned that their coffee is the best in the world. The best. When I came back home, there were two places that tied a close second - Dark Horse and Sugar Pine Cakery. Dark Horse roasts their own beans. You can get pour over coffees and espresso drinks in REAL cups! The espresso drinks come with lovely designs made of milk foam. There are great couches, nice tables, cool music, and super friendly faces at the Dark Horse. Every year, the local Magazine puts out a "best" edition of their publication. Dark Horse has the "best barista" for 2016. I recommend their espresso drinks as well as their Guatemalan pour over. They are great. There is not a huge selection of food, and parking is limited. Park for free before 10am. The entrance to the cafe is through the alley. Enjoy and buy the funky post card book - you'll love it.
  • Photo of Matthew B
    a year ago
    Being European I have been missing proper coffee - most of the stuff being burnt flavourless offerings here - but went out of my way to visit this jewel of a place in Truckee. Well worth it, fabulous coffee, cosy lounge and friendly staff. Enjoy!
  • Photo of FLB
    a year ago
    We love buying our coffee at Dark Horse whenever we are in Truckee. The location is off the beaten path but it is worth the visit. The coffee is excellent and the staff is very friendly.
  • Photo of Michael B
    a year ago
    Best coffee in town hands down! They buy their coffee fresh and roast it themselves giving it a distinct flavor you won't find elsewhere. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Photo of Camnicsydney
    a year ago
    Wow. Perfect cappuccino. Perfect flavour. Perfect pour from the female barista. Tend to agree with other reviewers that the hipster vibe lead to several staff members not caring that we were in the cafe wanting to order a few coffees. What's up with that. Don't miss the outdoor seating area that Tahoe university (the super cool boutique next door) let you use while drinking your's so nice on a sunny day :)
  • Photo of N_skier
    2 years ago
    Terrific classic, funky coffee house: homey furnishings, art auction in progress, lots of books and, of course, free wifi. Excellent coffee: espresso, pour-over, cold brew, or traditional brew.
  • Photo of alrog4
    2 years ago
    Came here several times in our short trip to the area. Coffee is roasted on site and is really amazing. Cold brew latte was really terrific. We are always in search of great coffee and this is the spot in Truckee.
  • Photo of Wineandfood56
    2 years ago
    What more can you say they make an awesome latte! They serve all the standards and also roasted coffee beans. Parking is a little tricky, but it's worth it.
  • Photo of ranishi
    2 years ago
    A gem of a coffee house just off the main downtown area. It is a rustic and comfortable place for coffee. The coffee beans are roasted to perfection. Don't go here for a mocha or latte but sample the freshest coffee by Pour Overs, French Press and Cold Brew. The coffee is perfectly made and truly flavorful. It is very rustic inside and the staff are very helpful and friendly. Food selection is minimal. You can purchase coffee, clothing, and equipment to make your own coffee. I would say the best coffee in the area.
  • Photo of BrissieFour
    2 years ago
    This intimate little place serves great espresso coffee and is an ideal coffee stop for couples but maybe not for a large group as it is small and the seating is limited. I loved the coffee!
  • Photo of BioBa
    2 years ago
    I have been coming here every time I visit Truckee. The coffee is without a doubt very good and that is the reason I come. Staff could try to be more friendly. Cake and biscuit selection while good quality is very limited. Free WiFi nice bonus.
  • Photo of Richard K
    2 years ago
    We stopped nerve for coffee. We had a cup of the Brazil blend. It was so good we bought a pound of beans. The people who work here are friendly and have good taste in music as well
  • Photo of Mike M
    2 years ago
    Good coffee at reasonable prices. Interesting setting. Very comfortable. Wi-fi worked satisfactory Satisfactorily. It's a bit difficult to locate but worth searching out. They roast their own coffee.
  • Photo of KetEA
    3 years ago
    yuuum! I am in love with this coffee! Probably the best I'v ever had! Quiet beautiful café place with so many original, unique and beautiful pieces that make this place so great! The barista is lovely. She is like a red headed little coffee fairy! So positive, calm and happy person. I got a few lbs of grounds to make this coffee at home.. and even got a free espresso with it! *happy dance. Best coffee place in town! Every cup is made with love! They Roast the coffee in house. I wish they had a few more things to eat tho.. even this coffee shouldn't be interrupted with anything really but I was starving and I didn't see nothing but a few bagels... But I came somewhat late (~3pm) So they might have been out... But I just didn't see any food... There was a sign for butternut squash soup, but coffee and soup?... hmmm.. But you definitely visit this place and take the time to look around and look at the books, art and the little touches which are amazing!

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