the focus is always
flavour & consistency
Dark Horse Coffee Co. began in 2016,
Nestled in the industrial zone of Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast.
It started as the pursuit for a rich, dark roast by bean wrangler Matthew Payne who, after 25 years in the industry decided it was time to take the reins in creating a blend of coffee that really packs a punch.
Although our tight-knit team are both artists and perfectionists at what we do, we don't take ourselves too seriously and are known for having a sense of humour and keeping the vibe fun.
In late 2019 we moved the roastery into a larger warehouse space and upgraded to a Loring hot air drum roaster, which reduces our emissions by as much as 80% compared to other roasters, whilst providing a much cleaner tasting coffee.
Moving the roasting to the Loring is a big step towards our goal of sustainability, which is an ongoing journey in our ever-changing environment.
Over the last few years, we have been helping to build a craft community on the Kapiti coast, our roastery is neighbouring local producers Tuatara and Duncan's Breweries, who have collaborated on a number of occasions to create some interesting coffee/beer concoctions.
The takeaway window we run next to the roastery has become a hub for local workers, with pinball, arcade games, and funky tunes always pumping.