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Portola Coffee Lab  Roast Magazine's 2015 Micro Roaster of the Year Costa Mesa, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, Pacific City & Mission Viejo at Kaleidoscop! 👻: portolacoffee


The sun set last night on a beautiful weekend of graduation celebrations in Orange. Congratulations Chapman graduates! We’ll be here to keep you caffeinated as job interviews begin. Real life can be tough. That’s why you have Portola.

We're excited to share we've released a second batch of our La Milagrosa Geisha tri-pack, exclusively at our Costa Mesa location with very limited availability. Stop by to claim yours!

Happy Mother's Day! Treat mom to our Rose and Cardamom latte today. 📸 by @thetaconista

We're excited to share our La Milagrosa Geisha tri-pack release, exclusively at our Costa Mesa location with very limited availability.

For the last two years, Portola has purchased all the coffee produced in Panama by Hector "Tito" Vargas at Finca La Milagrosa, which is approximately 16,000 pound of the "Mixto" lot and 1500 lbs of Tito's Geisha.  The #Geisha cultivar is unique.  It has a flavor profile like no other. This year's crop was better than last in our opinion.  It has wonderful fruit and flower characteristics and really set it apart from its non-Geisha counterparts.  This for the coffee drinkers that take it black, no cream and sugar.  It is complex but those mind blowing flavors are delicate and quickly trampled by any accoutrements.
To help Tito get a better understanding of his quality potential, and how to replicate quality from year-to-year, Portola engaged in a special project at Finca La Milagrosa.  In February this year, Jeff conducted fermentation experiments on the farm, as well as drying experiments, to help identify measurable “quality” points in the process.  Tito is very much a hands on, intuition-based farmer, which is amazing.  What we aim to do is allow Tito to use a little science to predict quality through reliable measurements so he hits his mark every time.  This initial experiment will be to help Tito find the “mark” that he will be aiming for from year-to-year. We expect next's year's crop to be measurably better.

Thank you @Moxxe for coming by our redesigned Costa Mesa location this morning. #Repost: Rose Cardamom Lemonade at the redesigned flagship location of Portola Coffee -- with Chocolate Pretzel chasers from @cremacafe! It's hard to believe that this month marks 6 years since the birth of Portola...

See you tonight for A Taste of Lot 579 at @pacific_city

Our Costa Mesa shop at @socoandtheocmix has reopened with a refreshed look, streamlined layout and cool new equipment! ⠀

The idea behind the new design is to improve the customer experience first and foremost. Having had six years of experience at SoCo, we've benefited from learning what works - and what doesn't. By rebuilding the service bar, we can take advantage of the latest in brewing technologies and incorporate improvement we've developed in our other locations. By adopting this new technology and service model, we will reach a higher level of service and product quality. But we don't want to achieve quality just most of the time. These changes will bring a level of consistency not possible before. Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday.

May the 4th be with you...

Sunday's forecast: sunny with a high of 82° with Iced Coffee

Be sure to focus on what's important. Photo by @life.is.a.dish

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