Portola Coffee Lab

27 Jan

If only high school chemistry included labs like brewing coffee, who knows how many more students might major in Chemistry? Me, perhaps! At places like Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa, CA, it could transform any lay latte drinker into an inquisitive coffee consumer. This place is fun, vivacious, and delicious!



Taste: 8

This mocha was, as my brother proclaimed, ‘bitter but not devoid of sweetness’. I love tasting equal parts dark cocoa, strong espresso, and steamed milk – Portola does just this! It was smooth and just delicious. The only thing is that I would have liked this mocha to be hotter in temperature. Maybe next time I need to ask for it extra hot.

Appearance: 7

How pretty is this? I like the abstract heart design in the steamed milk. I also LOVE the cup and saucer – they are designed by Offero ( I want some of these cups and saucers and glasses for myself!It all just looks delicious and contemporary, just my style!



Ambiance: 9

GOOD MORNING! Holy cow this place is bright. Lime green tiles, mustached baristas, and a halogen heated siphon bar; this place is truly like no other. This is the one and only store, it’s not a chain, and you can tell how good this place is by the consistently steady flow of customers. It’s just so cool here, I would love to come here and study if I lived in California. Between the Michael Jackson music playing in the background, watching the employees roast coffee beans on the premises, and the variety of seating options, Portola will be the mocha place to beat in 2013! When in Orange County, you have to try this place.






Posted by on January 27, 2013 in California


2 responses to “Portola Coffee Lab

  1. Stuuuuuuuuuart

    January 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Lovely! Solid write-up, that last photo is pretty good. Do you remember what that method was called?

    I obviously am less traveled than you are, but that place is home to my favorite mocha. I give it an extra .5 for ambiance for the weather!

    P.S. Though both terms work, I personally prefer ‘mustachioed…’ It just sounds funnier.

  2. muriel

    January 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Beautiful entry, pictures, and place
    I want to be there right now and have what you had


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