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Mar 04

Portola Coffee Lab, Costa Mesa, CA

Portola Coffee Lab Costa Mesa CA, coffee, desserts, pastries, mocha, latte, expresso, bread, muffins, scones, mini pies, hot chocolate, chai, chai latte, lemonade
Who wouldn’t trust men and women in white uniforms, especially when they’re making you coffee, possibly making the most accurate measurements down to the last bean or the last drip. If you can’t trust scientists for coming up with the cure for cancer, at least you can trust that they can make a mean cup of coffee.
Portola Coffee Lab Costa Mesa CA, coffee, desserts, pastries, mocha, latte, expresso, bread, muffins, scones, mini pies, hot chocolate, chai, chai latte, lemonade
I like the idea of lab coats at Portola Coffee Lab. Gives you a sense of sanitation. 😀 They experiment with all kinds of coffee here, from expresso, macchiato, cappuccino, latte, americano, mocha to chai latte, rose lemonade, seasonal herbal tonics, and hot chocolate. The only thing they don’t have is white chocolate mocha, my favorite drink. So my second choice was a Belgian mocha latte on ice. It was quite thick and strong, almost as strong as Vietnamese coffee.

They have a small selection of bread, muffins, scones, mini pies, and various other pastries. I tried their custard monkey bread. It was surprisingly delicious. The top part is crispy and the custard part inside in moist and sweet.
Portola Coffee Lab Costa Mesa CA, coffee, desserts, pastries, mocha, latte, expresso, bread, muffins, scones, mini pies, hot chocolate, chai, chai latte, lemonade
As nice as the atmosphere is here, I feel it’s lacking the cozy factor. The whole lab design is cool but it takes away the warm and inviting feeling one would expect at a coffee place. Maybe it’s also because Portola Coffee Lab is located inside the OC Mart Mix so they have to share space with their next door businesses. On the upside, there is a cool looking bar area for you to chill with your coffee, while doodling on your laptop and people watching. It’s all good.

Portola Coffee Lab
The OC Mart Mix
3313 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 284-0596

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