Based in toronto, ontario, Dan is an award winning creative director
with 20 years of direct and digital experience. He's brought his expertise to brands across all segments And his love of espresso has fueled him through it all.

Making coffee into art

Dark Horse Espresso Bar serves up little cups joy.

The first thing you notice when you walk into the Dark Horse Espresso Bar in east end Toronto is the table. A huge, reclaimed wooden thing that is usually surrounded by an array of students, freelancers, coffee lovers and moms.

They're here for the delicious espresso based drinks that Dark Horse serves up so expertly. But there's a few little extras that elevate a quick cup of joe to an uplifting and revitalizing experience.

First and foremost, Dark Horse specializes in latte art, the act of manipulating foam into patterns on top of lattes. Co-owners Ed Lynds and Deanna Zunde expertly "paint" each and every drink that leaves their establishment. And they're quiet and friendly demeanor is a healthy and happy alternative to some of the more snobbish espresso slingers in Toronto.

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This silky heart isn't the only thing that makes this paticular double machiatto great. [photo Liz Clayton]

Another great decision that Dark Horse has made are the cups themselves. Each saucer holds a nice little secret: a word is set in mirrored type which is then reflected in the glossy green of the espresso cup to reveal the word "revive". 

Great service. Delicious espresso. Cofee art. Free wi-fi. Quirky cups.

These few simple features makes Dark Horse live up to its name; coming out of nowhere to be one of the most enjoyable coffee house in Toronto.

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