29 June 2012

portola coffee lab

daughter #1 discovered portola coffee lab a while back and she took me on wednesday. it is located in the oc mart mix, otherwise known as the anti-mall. they handcraft each cup individually with beans that were roasted in-house.
they have several brew methods to choose from. among them are the siphon, trifecta & the ever popular pour-over. (i chose the siphon method pictured below). as you can see the baristas are dressed in lab coats, which reinforces the coffee lab theme.

i don't know if it was the coffee i picked (san francisco natural), or the brew method, but it was a sweet, fruity cup of coffee. i am looking forward to my next visit, at which time i will try the trifecta brew method. (sorry, i didn't get a shot of that.)
portola does not pre-brew any of their coffee. each and every cup is brewed after you order it and not one minute before. if you want your coffee quick, this is not the place for you. anything worth having is worth waiting for and this coffee is worth the wait.

portola coffee lab, costa mesa

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