In a sea of green and white logo coffee shops from Seattle, Costa Mesa has some really good independent coffee shops that have sprung up in recent years. They might not be on every corner or be in the prime locations around town but if you check them out generally they are well worth visiting.
One such coffee shop which I’m a fan of is Portola Coffee at the SoCo shopping mall located at Hyland and Sunflower. The coffee shop is located inside a building at SoCo which has numerous small stores inside which they call the OC Mix.
The coffee shop itself looks a little like a laboratory or maybe Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with numerous pieces of equipment to make coffee drinks in multiple different ways. Portola Coffee also has a selection of pastries which are really good and worth checking out.
There isn’t a lot of seating in the actual coffee shop but there is an open seating area nearby in the OC Mix or you can walk outside and use one of the seating spots in the SoCo shopping center. One thing i will note is this is hand crafted coffee it can take a little while so i generally go shopping elsewhere in the center if Portola Coffee is too busy.
3313 Hyland Av, Suite B2, Costa Mesa CA 92626