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Greer's OC: Coffee bar Theorem now open

September 19, 2012|By Greer Wylder

Once again, Jeff and Christa Duggan, the husband and wife team behind Portola Coffee Lab at OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa, are bringing Orange County a new coffee experience unlike anything we've had before: a dedicated slow bar to explore the wonders of coffees.

Their new Theorem, an intimate barista-driven and six-seat bar, next to Portola Coffee Lab just opened with hours from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Take a seat (after you've made a reservation) in the dimly lit Theorem bar and you'll be treated to about 30 to 45 minutes of private tastings of up to six traditional and innovative coffee creations such as a barrel-aged Kyoto old fashioned, and a signature iced coffee with fermented coffee from Bali, that's not only slow brewed, but barrel aged in oak for six months, then served with a Muscavado simple syrup, house-made coffee bitters, and an orange peel garnish.

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Pique your coffee interests by tasting coffee flights that vary in origin, body, acidity, roasts, processing and more. Manager and barista extraordinaire Truman Severson will most likely be behind the bar brewing, steaming, pouring and even whipping up ice cream made to order with liquid nitrogen for a spin on a traditional Italian Affogato. Much like a wine bar, you'll be able to explore the notes, nuances and flavor profiles of each coffee, and you'll leave with a deeper understanding of Portola's mission to further introduce Orange County to a passion for artisanal hand-crafted coffees. Reservations are available online at http://www.portolacoffeelab.com/theorem.

Theorem by Portola Coffee Lab is in the OC Mart Mix at 3313 Hyland Ave. in Costa Mesa.

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Katsuya offering locals night

Laguna Beach residents can now enjoy Katsuya By Starck's Monday Local's Night and take 50% off every menu item each Monday including cocktails and sake. The award-winning Katsuya menu created by Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi offers unique rolls and tempting sushi and sashimi platters, as well as signature dishes like crispy rice with spicy tuna, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and miso-marinated black cod. The debut of Monday's Local's Night is Katsuya's way to thank Laguna Beach for their support and for making the restaurant a popular dining spot.

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