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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011, 2:35pm
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Hi all, new to CoffeeGeek and looking for any recommendations for coffee spots in Orange County!
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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011, 6:30pm
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Kaffa has good reviews (see post below yours in US West).  You should also check out Portola (search Portola on CG search engine).  Enjoy!
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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011, 7:28pm
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Portola is great. They do pour over, siphon and have 3 Bunn Trifectas (newest additions) and a cool iced coffee maker that is almost a work of art.

Their location is unique, and if you like fine olive oils and vinegars there is a place next door to buy them.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011, 8:39pm
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I have been to Portola -- I really like the place.  Where do you guys get your coffee beans?
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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011, 10:32pm
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cerridwyn Said:

and a cool iced coffee maker that is almost a work of art.

Posted November 17, 2011 link

I know coffeegeeks are going to scoff, but the iced coffee with sea salt foam from 85C is really yummy. And, while you're there, you can also pick up some fresh, pipping hot Chinese pastries. When you go there, they are always bringing out trays of fresh pastries and breads that they've just cooked inside the store.
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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011, 10:50pm
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That's really funny you mentioned that -- when my friend told me "The iced coffee at 85 degrees is amazing!", my immediate response was a scoff. :)

The problem with standing in line to get pastries at 85 degrees is that the longer I wait, (1) the more I want to buy more than 2 pastries, and (2) the more I feel the pressure to buy more pastries (especially since many people that stand in line buy a BOX-full of them)!
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Posted Thu Nov 24, 2011, 10:57pm
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Well, 85 degrees has a separate line for drinks *for next time*. But i get the fact that it is a complete zoo most of the time.

Besides Portola, Kean's Coffee in Newport Beach and Tustin are really good. They have more of a traditional coffee shop vibe and they roast onsite. Often you can find the roasters working and they are more than happy to talk about coffee and everything related to coffee.
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2011, 6:59pm
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Thanks for the advice on Kean's.  Next time I see it, I'll have to give it a look.  Check out Wish Gardens at Click Here (www.unitedstatesofvitamins.com)
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Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011, 8:09am
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Yes, I am in Kean about once a week and Portola about every other week, depending on where I am in OC when I need a coffee fix while out on the road for my employer.

 
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Posted Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:14am
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Darthkim Said:

Well, 85 degrees has a separate line for drinks *for next time*. But i get the fact that it is a complete zoo most of the time.

Besides Portola, Kean's Coffee in Newport Beach and Tustin are really good. They have more of a traditional coffee shop vibe and they roast onsite. Often you can find the roasters working and they are more than happy to talk about coffee and everything related to coffee.

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Yeah, I do like Kean! I go there occasionally (mostly the Tustin one since I live closer to that).
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