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Portola Coffee Roasters

Portola Coffee Roasters

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Costa Mesa
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    Ranked #5 for coffee shops in Costa Mesa
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    Josh D.
    "... 200 miles. Get a gaspar, perfect balance and delicious espresso..."(7 Tips)
    Maram A.
    "Try the flat brown if you like your coffee with a touch of..."(3 Tips)
    OC Weekly
    "Order the Kyoto Iced Coffee and a chocolate croissant!"(4 Tips)
    Dëva H.
    "Try a V60 pour over or house made chai"(5 Tips)
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  • Martin D. C.heart icon on user image
    Martin D. CiaoSeptember 4, 2014
    I love dark, black coffee that gives you instant energy when you need a good kicking. I prefer v60 because I feel the time goes into the coffee equates to how awesome it'll taste. FYI, cookie = Big-O.
  • Noelle C.heart icon on user image
    Noelle CaliguriMarch 19, 2015
    Portola is OC's third wave coffee pioneer. What's not to love about hand crafted espresso made with the upmost perfection. I absolutely love the baristas, atmosphere and of course the quality coffee!
  • Kyle O.heart icon on user image
    Kyle OtaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The coffee here is unmatched. I have yet to find a spot that brews better coffee. If I had to recommend one drink, get the Kyoto Iced Coffee—it's ... so good.
  • Dëva H.
    Dëva HolikOctober 22, 2014
    Hands down the best coffee you will find anywhere in SoCal. Specialty pastries are good and the food menu is simple and healthy. Try a V60 pour over or house made chai
  • Joey B.heart icon on user image
    Joey BrantleyAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Good coffee and atmosphere. Great place to get work done or study, although wifi can be pretty inconsistent. The mocha is incredible!
  • Makena H.heart icon on user image
    Makena HeffernanJune 26, 2015
    Really impressive iced coffee with the kyoto, and the flat brown is an interesting take on one of my favorites, the flat white.
  • Portola Coffee Roastersheart icon on user image
    THEOREM - Now open to the public daily from 11am-9pm, with a new speciality drink menu monthly. April's drinks are: coffee old fashioned- vanilla scented con panna - latte macchiato - campfire capp
  • Portola Coffee Roastersheart icon on user image
    Portola Coffee RoastersDecember 13, 2013
    Don Pachi Geisha - Available in 3 different sizes for your home brewing pleasure. You can also enjoy Don Pachi at our main bar, brewed to order v60 style, $12 a cup, until we run out!
  • Ron
    RonJanuary 25, 2015
    Amazing drinks. We had wonderful lemonade with a wonderful twist of spice. Show is cod on toast with crispy pork belly. All the food rocks!
  • Anastasia G.heart icon on user image
    Anastasia GiorgiovaDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great coffee!! All of the pastries I have tried are good as well. My favorite is the cafe latte and a maple pecan scone... Perfect continental breakfast.
  • Josh D.heart icon on user image
    Josh DeYoungMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The finest coffee within 200 miles. Get a gaspar, perfect balance and delicious espresso flavour accented by super high quality Strauss cream steamed to perfection.
  • Portola Coffee Roastersheart icon on user image
    Portola Coffee RoastersJanuary 10, 2014
    New Chefs Special Salad: Bacon and date salad with coffee balsamic. The perfect lunch!
  • Portola Coffee Roastersheart icon on user image
    Portola Coffee RoastersDecember 20, 2013
    Our gift card promo is BACK • Purchase a $50 gift card and get a $5 gift card FREE • Purchase a $100 gift card and get a $15 gift card FREE - Now - Sunday, come grab a few extra stocking stuffers!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroDecember 23, 2012
    an interactive Coffee R+D lab where you can actually learn about the subtle nuances of perfecting a cup of joe. Currently sipping my Kyoto Iced Coffee, heaven in a cup.
  • Christine T.heart icon on user image
    Christine Tran-PhanMarch 12, 2013
    Nothing I love more than an ice cold Kyoto!! And for the most comforting drink, have a mocha (hot or cold)! Of course, we can't forget the breakfast burritos, right? I love Portola!
  • Monica B.
    Monica BaliApril 7, 2013
    This spot has some of the best coffee you'll have in orange county. And on top of the great drinks the staff there is always nice and willing to help.
  • Piper J.heart icon on user image
    Piper JonesMarch 15, 2014
    Great care taken here to specialty coffee. On the roast as well as prep side. Such a treat for great coffee appreciators.
  • Caroline A.
    Caroline AhnApril 28, 2013
    The coffee and pastries are really good. Pretty amazing like everyone says. However, maybe the baristas drink too much of this stuff because they need to relax...big time.
  • Thomas C.heart icon on user image
    Thomas ColtonSeptember 10, 2013
    Probably one of the trendiest coffee shops you're gonna find. Great stuff. If you're a coffee fanatic this is the place to see
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy ChengNovember 1, 2013
    Knowledgeable staff, hipster cool & relaxing ambience, lovely garden patio, & free wifi makes this place my new favorite cafe in OC.
  • Raquel M.heart icon on user image
    Raquel ManriquezJuly 18, 2016
    A-Mazing coffee here! They have dark roasted espresso & a lighter roast, which is awesome for those of us who like our espresso rich & dark!
  • Maram A.
    Maram AlRashedDecember 28, 2016
    Try the flat brown if you like your coffee with a touch of chocolate 🙏🏼
  • Arthur M.
    Arthur MitchellFebruary 26, 2012
    Excellent coffee with exceptional brewing choices. One drawback is this is not a very comfortable venue as it lacks warm ambiance and adequate and comfortable seating.
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyNovember 21, 2011
    Voted Best Coffee in OC Weekly's Best Of 2011 Issue! Order the Kyoto Iced Coffee and a chocolate croissant! Click the link to download the Best Of app and view more winners! Read more
  • Dan K.heart icon on user image
    Dan KimDecember 30, 2013
    My favorite coffee joint in OC other than Kean. The Kyoto Iced Coffee won't disappoint, provided they haven't run out of it that day...
  • Snape D.
    Snape DoggNovember 13, 2011
    Great coffee and food! Here's a tip and some constructive criticism. Don't serve 'For Here' coffee in a 'To Go' cup and have teaspoons available or packets of sugar so you can measure your amount.
  • Patrick K.heart icon on user image
    Patrick KhensovanDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't only serve the set list if espresso drinks on the menu. I (surprisingly but not so surprisingly) was able to order a Flat White and a Gaspar. Ask and you shall receive
  • Gavin S.heart icon on user image
    Gavin SchulzJune 8, 2017
    Excellent coffee and service. Enjoy your coffee while watching The roaster do his work.
  • Karen
    KarenMay 26, 2013
    I found out that the booth next door is all things tea & they have 5 aptly named teas on tap. A must try!
  • Aaron D.heart icon on user image
    Aaron DodsonAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a single shot espresso - it comes with a little glass of seltzer water to cleanse your palette between each sip
  • Scott M.
    Scott Mc KiernanDecember 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Hidden caffeine Speakeasy , just past the Traditional Portola long line. A true gem. amazing!
  • Matt R.heart icon on user image
    Matt RoboldOctober 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The BLT and burger are pricey but worth every penny. They're massive.
  • Holly
    HollyJune 6, 2013
    I'm a tea and boba person, so the Kyoto iced coffee was too much for me. Should've gotten a latte. Relaxing place to hang out though!
  • Jeremey F.heart icon on user image
    Jeremey FleischerNovember 15, 2015
    Great coffee, I especially love the flat white, but prepare for a very long wait.
  • Phuc P.heart icon on user image
    Phuc PhamFebruary 24, 2015
    Theorem is way better than the main bar. Nick is such a nice guy and he really knows his brew.
  • Colleen A.heart icon on user image
    Colleen AlarconSeptember 30, 2015
    Beautiful and unusual setting. The barristas are super friendly and accommodating!😀
  • Senite8heart icon on user image
    Senite8July 3, 2019
    Great lattes and vibes 8/10.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KimFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    as generic as it may sound, mocha at portola is made with ganache chocolate and is perfect hot or iced :)
  • Brett D.heart icon on user image
    Brett DahlenburgNovember 6, 2014
    Great coffee in Orange County.
  • Alan N.
    Alan NewtonNovember 10, 2013
    Cool geeky science approach to coffee - love it! And I'm English and usually drink gallons of tea
  • Sergioheart icon on user image
    SergioJanuary 17, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably the best Mocha west of Mississippi ;)
  • Salem S.heart icon on user image
    Salem S.May 3, 2017
    Great coffee.
  • Khristine
    KhristineAugust 7, 2014
    The lattes are a classic choice! 👌
  • Mihai P.heart icon on user image
    Mihai PaunJanuary 7, 2015
    Best latte in orange county. Spirit machine!
  • Holly
    HollyMay 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best little coffee spot in OC! I have constant cravings for their iced coffee, these guys know how to brew it!
  • Jason Y.heart icon on user image
    Jason YehNovember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    V60 + maple bacon sammich = best way to start the day
  • Jeff H.heart icon on user image
    Jeff HesterSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Wifi: portola-guest/tryitblack
  • Taraneh A.heart icon on user image
    Taraneh AfsharJuly 12, 2017
    Portola coffee , delicious And trendy
  • AlHanouf A.heart icon on user image
    AlHanouf AlHenakiSeptember 2, 2018
    Great churro croissant and flat white!!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MaticMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee is fantastic!! Probably the best I've ever had!! Also, all the employees are super cute :)
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