A Cafe for Magdalen Road, Exeter
Opened in June 2013, Darkhorse Espresso is an independent family run business, and is an addition to the already established collection of renowned and highly regarded shops of Magdalen Village.
The cafe is a warm, friendly neighbourhood place – a little arty and eclectic – where you can relax over an espresso, cappuccino, latte, or even a cup of tea. We offer an assortment of homemade cakes, biscuits and sandwiches, some inspired by our travels and made using locally sourced ingredients.
Fair Trade, Local And Special
Caring about where the products come from.
- Darkhorse acquire their beans from Ozone Coffee Roasters in London’s Shoreditch area. They source the best beans from around the globe and practise fair, direct and ethical trade coffee. Roasted daily to perfection, then ground here at the shop for the ultimate freshness.
- Tea Nation – A young independant tea company offering, unique blends encapsulate the flavours from different nations, cuisines and produce, to create a delicious journey to savour and inspire
- Fritz Kola – 2002 two friends founded fritz-kola in their student digs in Hamburg,Germany. Their mission: to create a new kola better than everything offered by the big soft drinks companies
- Fruitbroo – a new hot drink product made from fruit juice herbs and spices
Locally sourced products:-
- Luscombe drinks
- Pipers Farm meats and eggs
- Cranfields relishes and jams
- Hawkridge dairy products
The Darkhorse Espresso Story
Neil and Sarah Bunting, were both born in the U.K., but they spent nearly 20 years living in Germany, the U.S. and Canada, working in graphic design and project management.
We have always had a passion for a good cup of coffee. And after returning home to the U.K. two years ago, we realised that good coffee can be hard to come by. So we decided to make it ourselves! We’ve been fortunate to experience the independent coffee scenes in San Francisco and Toronto, and we wanted to bring that same quirky, high-quality experience to our new home in Exeter.
We choose Exeter, as it felt like an interesting, friendly city, wonderful local produce and felt that there was an opportunity to bring excellent coffee to the city.
And what is the meaning of the Darkhorse name? Sarah has a connection to horse racing. Her great, great, uncle William Dollery was a last-minute replacement as a jockey at the Grand National 1893 – and he ended up winning the race on a horse called Cloister. That underdog spirit has been an ongoing inspiration and it’s our attitude with Darkhorse Espresso Bar.
And – a claim to fame – as a child, Neil appeared in the seventies Granada TV series A Family At War.
- By Mattie Richardson
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