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Portola Coffee Lab

3313 Hyland Ave., Ste. C Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Costa Mesa | 949-284-0596

Location Description:

Portola Coffee Lab is a coffeehouse in Costa Mesa. It is a wonderland whose aesthetics combine sleek and steampunk, whose mileau is hipster yet humble, where tattooed guys with gauges in their earlobes sport lab coats and concoct the best damn coffee in the county. Their sorcery is legit: No matter how you like your coffee, everything comes out with a zap you just won't find anywhere else, each process and roast offering multiple hues of brilliance. If they can make a caffeine believer out of a non-coffee-drinker, imagine what they'll do to caffeine fiends!

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  • Cuisine(s): Bakery, Coffeehouse, Tea
  • Hours: Sun 7am-8pm, Mon-Fri 6am-9pm, Sat 7am-9pm
  • Price: $$
  • Alcohol: None
  • Reservations: Not Necessary
  • Parking: Free
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • Stick a Fork In It: This Caffeinated Orange
    We've known about how awesome Portola is for awhile now (They won Best Coffee 2013. Also check out Michelle Woo's 2013 story, The Deans of Caffeine), and I'm glad to say they're getting...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Best of Best of Best of!
    The humble "drink" doesn't get the respect it should. Centuries ago, tea and coffee houses were the centers of philosophical and political discussion. The Age of Enlightenment conveniently...
  • Food:
    "Lactose is a really interesting sugar," says Truman Severson, his hands punctuating his words. His hair side-slicked as though he were Clark Gable, complementing an Eton College professor...
  • Stick a Fork In It: This Caffeinated Orange
    The mad scientists--and we are required to call them mad scientists on first reference, check the AP Stylebook if you don't believe me--at Portola Coffee Lab have always had a few tins of...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Now Open
    Michelle reported last month about Portola Coffee Lab's plans to open Theorem, a small coffee bar next door to their roasting / brewing / alchemy business at Costa Mesa's SoCo Collection. ...
  • Food: Reviewed
    I'm not a coffee cultist, save for the sugary Cuban mule-kick to the soul known as a cafecito. But even I had to make a pilgrimage to Portola Coffee Lab, a wonderland whose aesthetics...

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