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Portola Coffee Roasters

Portola Coffee Roasters

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Costa Mesa
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  • Patricia
    "Get the Kyoto and enjoy the crash & burn Icarus."(8 Tips)
    Josh D.
    "... 200 miles. Get a gaspar, perfect balance and delicious espresso..."(6 Tips)
    @JaumePrimero
    "Currently sipping my Kyoto Iced Coffee, heaven in a cup."(5 Tips)
    Dëva H.
    "Try a V60 pour over or house made chai"(5 Tips)
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  • Jeremey F.
    Jeremey FleischerNovember 15, 2015
    Great coffee, I especially love the flat white, but prepare for a very long wait.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LeeNovember 9, 2015
    Don't order from the Asian guy unless you're a girl or you're his friend otherwise the experience will be straight 💩 he dgaf
  • Colleen A.
    Colleen AlarconSeptember 30, 2015
    Beautiful and unusual setting. The barristas are super friendly and accommodating!😀
  • Makena H.
    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.
  • Noelle C.
    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!
  • DAR A.
    DAR AbdulMarch 15, 2015
    Very good coffee. I don't like their cold coffee though.
  • Phuc P.
    Phuc PhamFebruary 24, 2015
    Theorem is way better than the main bar. Nick is such a nice guy and he really knows his brew.
  • 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!
  • Scott M.
    Scott Mc KiernanDecember 16, 2014
    Hidden caffeine Speakeasy , just past the Traditional Portola long line. A true gem. amazing!
  • 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
  • Martin D. C.
    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.
  • Joey B.
    Joey BrantleyAugust 8, 2014
    Good coffee and atmosphere. Great place to get work done or study, although wifi can be pretty inconsistent. The mocha is incredible!
  • Kyle O.
    Kyle OtaAugust 7, 2014
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 22
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DodsonAugust 6, 2014
    Get a single shot espresso - it comes with a little glass of seltzer water to cleanse your palette between each sip
  • Portola Coffee Roasters
    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
  • Piper J.
    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.
  • Portola Coffee Roasters
    Portola Coffee RoastersJanuary 10, 2014
    New Chefs Special Salad: Bacon and date salad with coffee balsamic. The perfect lunch!
  • Dan K.
    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...
  • Portola Coffee Roasters
    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!
  • Portola Coffee Roasters
    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!
  • Alan N.
    Alan NewtonNovember 10, 2013
    Cool geeky science approach to coffee - love it! And I'm English and usually drink gallons of tea
  • 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.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RoboldOctober 26, 2013
    The BLT and burger are pricey but worth every penny. They're massive.
  • Thomas C.
    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
  • Josh L.
    Josh LevineJune 29, 2013
    Try a cup of black coffee made with the Trifecta. Probably unlike anything you've had before.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christine T.
    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!
  • Angela L.
    Angela LilleyMarch 9, 2013
    The el Salvador bean via siphon is definitely worth trying.
  • Josh D.
    Josh DeYoungMarch 2, 2013
    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.
  • Will C.
    Will C.January 22, 2013
    Good: Coffee, atmosphere, service. Bad: Weak WiFi, limited seating when busy, Tea Bar's tea very weak.
  • @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.
  • Anastasia G.
    Anastasia GiorgiovaDecember 19, 2012
    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.
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KhensovanDecember 8, 2012
    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
  • Alix
    AlixJune 17, 2012
    Friendly baristas and the best iced mocha I've ever had.
  • Gina M.
    Gina M.L.June 11, 2012
    Ask for a 'gaspar'. Not on the menu, and incredibly good!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MaticMarch 2, 2012
    Coffee is fantastic!! Probably the best I've ever had!! Also, all the employees are super cute :)
  • 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.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KimFebruary 10, 2012
    as generic as it may sound, mocha at portola is made with ganache chocolate and is perfect hot or iced :)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Casey L.
    Casey LynnOctober 19, 2011
    The coolest-looking coffee shop I've been in--and tasty tea to boot! Read more
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeAugust 8, 2011
    Try the macchiato. Love the carbonated h2o they serve with it! Read more
  • tharmonyd
    tharmonydJuly 24, 2011
    I paired the ganache infused mocha with the warm chocolate-chocolate croissant. I dipped it in. Now I know the sweet ecstasy Augustus Gloop felt when he drowned in Willy Wonka's chocolate river.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DoyleJuly 1, 2011
    If you aren't into black coffee, try the mocha it will be the best mocha you've ever had... EVAR!
  • kevin g.
    kevin griffithJune 25, 2011
    Coffee here is brewed to perfection with a slayer...essentially best coffee in the OC...
  • Nicholas P.
    Nicholas PreketesJune 11, 2011
    Spend the extra money and have your coffee brewed in the siphon. You'll thank me.
  • Holly
    HollyMay 30, 2011
    Best little coffee spot in OC! I have constant cravings for their iced coffee, these guys know how to brew it!
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