Portola Coffee Roasters has opened its 6th Orange County location inside Union Market Mission Viejo, a food hall located inside the Kaleidoscope Center. Portola Coffee Roasters prides itself on having access to some of the highest quality coffee beans in the world. Owner/Roaster Jeff Duggan has achieved an astonishingly robust direct trade coffee program in record time. While it usually takes a coffee company several years to establish direct trade relationships to start sourcing coffee at origin, Portola was able to do it within two years.
To focus on sustainable outreach, Portola Coffee Roasters has special interest projects at the farm level in several countries – with a goal to expand this effort to every country with which it has farmer relationships.
What began as the selfish pursuit for delicious coffee turned into a decade-long fanatic passion for home-roasting coffee for Jeff Duggan, who first opened Portola Handcrafted Coffee Roasters in Irvine in 2009. Using a very small batch roaster, Jeff worked feverishly to keep the pantries and hoppers full in many homes and food establishments throughout Orange County, but roasting meticulously sourced coffee beans and serving them ultra-fresh was not enough. He found that far too many great beans were destroyed at the hands of poor equipment, flawed technique, and coffee service dispensers. With a focus on quality ingredients, brewing science and freshness - all still relatively uncommon in the industry - Jeff and his wife, Christa, created Portola Coffee Roasters in 2011. The goal was to create a quality-centric coffeehouse that re-focused on the most important ingredient – coffee.
Within a year of bringing a never-before-seen concept and style of coffee to Orange County, Portola Coffee Roasters began creating a distinct brand that revolves around producing an artisanal culinary product, Craft Coffee. By 2016, Jeff and Christa Duggan will own and operate six locations within Orange County. Their focus will remain on empowering the community with quality, traceable, fresh-roasted and fresh-brewed coffee, presented in an artful context – one cup at a time.
Portola Coffee Roasters locations:
-The OC Mix, SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa
-Union Market, The District at Tustin Legacy
-4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village
-Provisions Market, Old Towne Orange
-Lot 579 at Pacific City, Huntington Beach
-Union Market, Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo
For more information, please visit http://www.portolacoffee.com.