Led by roaster Jeff Duggan, who fell in love with coffee while pursuing a chemistry degree, Portola Coffee Lab has gained a devoted following since opening in May 2011, offering daily roasted coffees and various cutting-edge brewing methods. The coffee lab incorporates a Slayer espresso machine, Trifecta single-cup brewers, a halogen heated siphon bar and a V-60 pour-over bar.
The Orange County Register is now reporting that 39-year-old Duggan plans to open a slow bar adjacent to Portola, offering coffee flights and food pairings. “There are three other concepts like this that I know of in the country,” Duggan told the paper.
Here’s a description from Register reporter Nancy Luna:
Taking the craft coffee craze up a notch, Duggan plans to launch a “slow bar” called Theorem later this month. The six-seat slow service coffee bar, adjacent to Portola, will sell creative cocktails where coffee is the main component.
Set up like an intimate wine bar, Theorem will serve coffee flights with varying levels of caffeine and will pair foods with signature drinks.
Don’t come here if you want a quick fix. The by-reservation-only bar is intended for connoisseurs and novices who want to relax and experience coffee in a new way.
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