• Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    The Best Things to Drink in Orange County (And Long Beach), 2014

    Alcohol isn't the only thing to drink in Orange County (though it's pretty nice). OC all up in that juice crave and can serve a pretty mean cup of coffee. Then again, booze runs the world, so we have for you now a list of the best things to drink in Orange County, from coffee to more coffee to Vietn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    5 Other Orange County Coffee Roasters You Need to Try

    It seems as though you hear about a new coffee shop opening and adding to the world of latté art and vegan scones everyday. However, as hip and prim as they are, not many of these joints actually roast their own coffee. That's no fun. Here's a list for you of the places that do. For these guys, ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    A Defense of Dunkin' Donuts

    If you've never had Dunkin Donuts before, I feel bad for you. Dunkin Donuts makes me happy. It's been there for me since day one. It's seen me after late nights with friends when things have been rough. It's seen me after late nights with friends when things have been great. It's dealt with me with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Coffeebar Byul: OC's Most OCD Coffee Shop

    Husband and wife Jae-Ho Synn and Jin Sun Ahn talk about coffee and tea as if they were the very nexus of art and science. Synn drops words like "manual agitation" and "calibration" when describing brew methods at Coffeebar Byul in Irvine, while Ahn refers to the shop's drinks as her art. But whether ... More >>

  • Food

    January 2, 2014

    Little Saigon's Café Queen

    With hot drinks and even hotter girls, Natalie Nguyen is trying to uncloak the area's most enduring mystery: Vietnamese coffee shops

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Five Ways to Drink Coffee When It's Burning Hot Outside

    Orange County gets the shit end of the stick when it comes to coffee culture. We have great roasters and beautiful coffee shops, but when it's time for a cuppa joe'? It's 105 degrees outside, and you could brew a pot by just setting it out in a parking lot. No wonder Seattle claims caffeinated bragg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Portola Coffee Lab Announces New Bottled Iced Coffee

    Legions of Portola Coffee Lab fans will no longer need to wait in line each morning for a cold brew. They can simply open their refrigerators. OC's temple of caffeine has announced it will offer bottled iced coffee, a move that will expand the Portola empire. Co-founder/owner Jeff Duggan talks to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Caffe Sospeso: Third-Wave Coffee Comes to Tijuana, No Sugar, No Milk

    As a general rule, coffee in Baja is a disappointment. I don't mean the actual plants or the seeds that come from them; there's some truly amazing coffee coming out of states from San Luis Potosí all the way south to Chiapas. No, I mean that by and large, finding a good cup of coffee in Baja is j ... More >>

  • Food

    June 27, 2013

    Portola Coffee Lab's Jeff and Christa Duggan Are the Deans of Caffeine

    With their Costa Mesa coffeeshop, plus a second location opening in Old Towne Orange, the Tustin couple are re-defining OC's coffee culture, one cup at a time

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Azul Café, Valle de Guadalupe: Southern Mexico's Coffee Without Leaving Baja

    In the center of the wine and olive oil laboratory known as La Escuelita (but officially as la Estación de Oficios de El Porvenir) stands a wooden building with mattress springs for walls. Inside is a brown clutter of detritus: a Christmas tree made of upturned wine bottles stands anachronistically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 11

    First of all, let's provide this paper's coverage of the much-maligned Reviewer Card, which you can hand to restaurant staff in order to inform them that they are under review by or whatever your 7-pageviews-a-day food blog is called:If you get one of these c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    5 Ways To Caffeinate For Free (Or Cheap) On National Coffee Day This Saturday

    As if we needed another reason to load up on caffeine, it's National Coffee Day this Saturday. (It just happens to come the day after National Drink Beer Day--thank you, calendar gods!) A handful of chains are offering coffee freebies (and cheepies). Here's where to go to score a cup of joe.   ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Theorem: Portola's Specialty Concept Bar For The Ultimate Coffee Nerd

    For a little over a year, Portola Coffee Lab has been educating, surprising and inspiring the caffeine-deficient in OC and beyond, prompting java lovers to hang up their Starbucks mugs for good. The Costa Mesa shop has surely won us over with its specialty beans and unique brewing processes--check o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    New Fiat Has An In-Car Espresso Machine

    In an age of multitasking and NEVER ENOUGH TIME! comes this new development from Fiat. The Italian car manufacturer announced that its 500L model will be "the first standard-production car in the world to offer a true espresso coffee machine." Who wants to wait in line at Starbucks with the commoner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Starbucks Introduces New Fruity Energy Drinks Made From Unroasted Coffee Beans; Free Samples This Friday

    It was early last month that Starbucks announced it was buying a San Francisco bakery in an effort to improve its food offerings. It was late last month that it said it was opening a standalone store dedicated to serving its Tazo brand of tea. This month Schultz and Co. is getting into the energy dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    On the Line: Alexandra LittleJohn of Green Bliss/Cafecito Organico, Part One

    We're doing our job when Alexandra LittleJohn tells a friend that our questionnaire, " worse than filling out the eHarmony dating website" [Awesome!]. Our Sunday morning is spent in a hidden outdoor seating area of Kean's Newport alongside Nacho, her pup with "big dog syndrome." While we have y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Six Ways to Stop Being a Douchebag at Starbucks

    ​You probably don't know it, but every time you go to a Starbucks, 14 people behind you in line are shooting daggers at you and trying to kill you by modulating their alpha waves . . . and yes, it's your fault. You're the inconsiderate, self-absorbed douchebag, and you infest every coffee shop in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Ten Great OC Coffeeshops

    ​We're sometimes accused of being too North County-centric around here. We can't help it; even leaving aside the snark about Laguna Engabachada, the fact is the population's up here in the 714, and choice in restaurants tends to follow the population.Coffee, however, is a different story. There's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle High-End Espresso

    ​Martin Diedrich. The father of the coffee revolution in Orange County, owner of the first coffee shop to make an unapologetic, small, truly Italian cappuccino, as well as the first to introduce la naranja to the idea that coffee needn't be roasted to dust in order to taste like something.Jeff Dug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Starbucks "Secret Menu": The Key Lime Pie Frappuccino

    Daniel Tomita​So it's no secret that there are all sorts of crazy personalized concoctions people foist upon their local Starbucks baristas, but this is the first time we heard of this one. OC Weekly Twitter follower @RikiYamada (follow us on Twitter at @OCWeekly and @OCWeeklyFood) was kind enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Cappuccino

    Dave LiebermanKean Coffee's Italian cappuccino​As hard as it may be to believe, I am not a die-hard coffee snob. I do not care to memorize the names of coffee estates as though they were domaines in Bordeaux, I don't trust any place that gives me a palate cleanser before my espresso, and I'm not y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Drown Your Sorrows: Affogato at Cafe Lucca

    Flickr user nicoleleeNot Cafe Lucca's affogato; just a general idea.​Cafe Lucca in Old Town Orange--which is not to be confused with Lucca Cafe, a Cal-Italian restaurant in Irvine's Quail Hill--was our pick for Best Gelato in OC Weekly's Best of 2009. The prices haven't changed, and the gelato is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Turkish Caffè Latte at Kéan Coffee

    ProfessorSalt.comTustin barista Brien Flanagan shows off latte art​It's not the silt-rich cup of mud that is real Turkish coffee, brought to a simmer several times in a traditional ibrik. Kéan Coffee's twist on caffè latte is nonetheless my favorite OC coffee drink of the moment.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part Three

    John Gilhooley​Yesterday, we called Jeff Duggan a coffee geek. This, it turns out, was not 100% accurate; he is really more of a coffee mad scientist, the Dr. Emmett Brown of java, except, you know, with better hair. On the Line usually features a recipe from the featured chef on the third day; si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part One

    John Gilhooley​Head into Irvine's Layer Cake Bakery on a Saturday and your senses will be assaulted as soon as you enter. The man responsible for this attack on your nasal passages is Jeff Duggan, proprietor of Portola Coffee. While "On The Line" usually features restaurant chefs, it's not e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Self-Caffeination As It Was Meant To Be Done

    Our coffee culture, sadly, tends to run toward Starbucks and drive-through at It's A Grind. Largely missing from la naranja is the local, artisanal small-batch roaster whose singular focus on the product raises the coffee bar. Sure, we have Martin Diedrich, and the lines out the door at his two coff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Offering Free Iced Drinks This Afternoon!

    Flickr user egor.gribanov​Coffee snootists look away! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is offering an array of free 12 oz. iced drinks today. 

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2009

    McDonald's Coffee Update--And "Free Mocha Mondays"

    Every Monday from July 13 through August 3, participating McDonald's will be handing out one complimentary reduced-size cup of hot or iced mocha per person as part of a "nationwide sampling". An estimated 10 million cups will be served over the four weeks.As for whether or not McD's attempt at corne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    The Benefits Of Social Networks: Free Ice Cream For Your Friends

    Starbucks is giving away a total of 20,000 complimentary pints of its own-brand ice cream from now until July 19 (that's around 800 an hour). The catch? You have to be on Facebook, and you have to nominate a "Friend" to receive the coupon (redeemable at local grocery stores).I've not tried the froze ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    UPDATE: Not A John Lennon Latte In Sight...But Javatinis Still Impresses

    Good independent cafés are few and far between, so I count myself lucky that one of them, Javatinis, is right on my doorstep. Admittedly, the setting isn't the nicest, set in a lackluster strip mall on what feels like the edge of the world. The drinks list is familiar (including frozen drinks with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    In The Battle Of The Beans, Starbucks Should Be Worried

    Just as the new ads for Starbucks are lazy, the ones for McDonald's new coffees are horrendously grating, not to mention lowbrow. "McCafé Your Day" is bad enough, but how about "A Better Day is Possiblé"? Huh?. Or  "It's All About The Accent Mark"? Accent mark???.So I naturally assumed that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Martin Diedrich on Surviving Starbucks And Thriving With Kéan

    When I visited Kéan Coffee's new Tustin location last Sunday, it had only been open six days and already the lines were out the door. While that may have been due in part to staff still getting up to speed, it was definitely pulling in the punters. For good reason, it seems.The drinks menu is ... More >>

  • Food

    December 27, 2007

    This Hole-In-the-Wall Life

    There Goes the Neighborhood

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Coffee. Talk.

    No. 9: Kean Coffee keeps it real in this mixed-up, crazy corporate world

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    'Back to Square One'

    Martin Diedrich celebrates the death of his familys coffee chain

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2006

    Newport Hipsters Paralyzed

    Yes, it's true. Even Balboa Peninsula's ultimate ennui establishment has been forced to close its doors. Alta Coffee, home of stunning baristas, live music, freshly brewed coffee and - as written about in Best of OC 2005 - a damn fine vanilla soy chai latte, is closed this hazy Monday. What could ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2006


    Xtine Hanson takes on corporate coffee with

  • Columns

    January 12, 2006

    Hey, You!

    Late Latte

  • Columns

    December 15, 2005

    Hey, You!

    Baffled barista

  • Columns

    November 24, 2005
  • Food

    June 9, 2005

    Better Than Health Insurance

    Staying alive with Blue Nile Cafe

  • Food

    February 24, 2005

    Espresso Your Love

    Remembering paninis and the Italian boy who got away at Kaffa

  • Food

    May 23, 2002

    Iron Barista

    Competitors test their beans

  • Features

    January 3, 2002

    A Reality Shrine for a Wired World

    The year in coffeehouse founder Carl Diedrich

  • Columns

    July 12, 2001
  • Food

    June 29, 2000
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    March 23, 2000
  • News

    June 17, 1999

    The Starbucks Solution

    Mike Sheldrake figured he was dead when Starbucks opened two stores near his indie coffeehouse. Now his business is up 40 percent.

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    May 20, 1999
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    December 3, 1998
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