Longtime Funk Zoners Erika Carter Dart and husband David are aiming for caffeinated bull’s-eyes at their Santa Barbara coffee bar/roastery. Dart Coffee Co is part of a new triumvirate with Monkeyshine and Tyger Tyger and hits the mark.
Dart occupies both ends of the shared space. A white Diedrich roaster and packaging line operates in back. The coffee bar resides up front, past a ceiling full of pink paper lanterns. The couple brews fair-trade beans for use in espresso drinks, drip coffee, and cold brew. They also serve balanced specialty beverages. Corena Cortado is basically a liquid churro with cinnamon and brown sugar syrup. I like their Beach Brew ($5) even better. Iced cold brew incorporates milk, sugar, and salt. This is hardly like swallowing a wave, but the hint of sea salt complements the coffee and mitigates sweetness.