Multilectual Daily Online Magazine focusing on World Architecture, Travel, Photography, Interior Design, Vintage and Contemporary Fiction, Political cartoons, Craft Beer, All things Espresso, International coffee/ cafe's, occasional centrist politics and San Diego's Historic North Park by award-winning journalist Tom Shess
Saturday, February 21, 2015
COFFEE BEANS & BEINGS / NORTH PERK CHRONICLES
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters now open in North Park.
was a time in recent history when North Park, the historic and now hipster
neighborhood, didn’t have one coffee house.That was 1993. In fact, the only non-fast food restaurants in the area where
you could order a cup of any kind of coffee were Paesano’s on 30th; Rudford’s,
Red Fox and Chicken Pie Shop on El Cajon Blvd. and Western Steerburger on
For a writer and editor, who
spent a career in newspaper and magazine offices, I was hooked on coffee and my
home ‘hood was a wasteland for espresso drink aficionados.
But eventually things began
to perk up.
In the mid-90s, when most
Hipsters were transitioning from trikes to bikes with training wheels,
Millennium Coffee opened at Kansas and University Avenue.Good idea and great location, however, the
Millennium just didn’t catch on. It barely lasted a year before folding.
Fortunately, the next tenant
to occupy Millennium’s space was a young hard working woman named Claire Magner, who
created North Park’s first true coffee house and called it Claire de Lune
Coffee Lounge.That was in the late
Claire de Lune is a survivor becoming a quintessential neighborhood coffee house.Thanks to a remarkable work ethic and a love
for North Park, Claire de Lune has withstood and actually flourished with
coffee house competitors that have come and gone since Ms. Claire opened her
doors to all things coffee.
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
opened for business this week.It is the second
Dark Horse location (others being in Truckee CA and Adams Ave. near Bancroft in
San Diego).The Adams Avenue site has a
solid following.The new Dark Horse
(adjacent to Waypoint Restaurant at 30th and North Park Way), offers
the full range of coffee drinks.
I ordered a $3.50 café latte
for 12 oz.
It was delicious.Just the right temperature.The barista also produced a nice flower
pattern on the cream.OK, I like
patterns on my café latte.
The décor for this very small
operation was exceptional. The indoor/outdoor seating adds to the eclectic and
walkability of the neighborhood. This is not a review because one 12 oz. café
latte on one day is not a true basis for any serious critique, but it was
another good day in North Perk, especially for the neighborhood’s new growth
North Parker Tom Shess, a career magazine and newspaper
writer/editor attended Roosevelt Junior High School, where they sold no
coffee.Among many posts, he is the
founder of this blog and the North
Park News, where he was editor and
publisher from its founding in 1993 until 2000, when he sold the monthly
community newspaper to become editor of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles.