What began as the selfish pursuit for delicious coffee has turned into a
decade-long fanatic passion for 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 storage dispensers. To further his brewing
science, which continues to be underestimated in the industry, Jeff and
his wife, Christa, created Portola Coffee Lab in 2011. The goal was to
create a 100% single-cup craft brew coffeehouse designed and constructed
as a nod to craft, quality, and freshness.
Within a year of bringing a never-before-seen concept and style of
coffee to Orange County – one that had previously only been offered in
the country’s largest metropolitan areas – Portola Coffee has
created a distinct brand that revolves around producing an artisanal
culinary product, Craft Coffee. In late 2014, husband-and-wife team,
Jeff and Christa Duggan, expanded Portola Coffee Roasters to bring their
concept to Union Market Tustin.
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