Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Press Release: Seventh Tea Bar by Portola Coffee Lab to open January 2, 2013!

Portola Coffee Lab Owners Jeff + Christa Duggan’s latest concept in Orange County redefines the Tea House
Costa Mesa, CA (December 2012) – Expanding its modest selection of teas, Portola Coffee Lab is introducing a craft tea house, Seventh Tea Bar, which opens to the public on January 2, 2013 at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa (3313 Hyland Avenue). The concept’s name is derived from the traditional Chinese belief that tea is the seventh of the seven necessities.

With more than 30 unblended single-estate teas brewed with various methods, Seventh Tea Bar
 will deliver an experience as rich as its sister coffee concepts, Portola Coffee Lab and Theorem slow bar. Owners Jeff and Christa Duggan will focus on a unique and thoughtful selection of unblended teas spanning the globe, but offerings will also include iced teas on tap, and fruit and herb-infused custom creations. Seventh will offer various traditional tea services for individuals or groups, complete with Chef-inspired tea sandwiches, scones and pastries. These will be available throughout the day to fulfill the most commonly followed tea times from around the world.

The design for Seventh Tea Bar
 can best be described as Victorian Modern, where old-school tea has a modern edge. The space features multiple seating options from table seating to oversized chairs. A patio is perfect for larger groups and special events.
“This is definitely not your grandmother’s tea house – after water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and we intend to present the best quality and most interesting unblended single-estate tea selections with various brew methods,” explained Jeff Duggan, who, along with his wife, Christa, opened a barista-driven craft coffee bar, Theorem, less than two months ago. “We’ve spent most of our time focusing on delivering a unique craft coffee experience, and this next step in our story takes us into the vast world of tea, which is full of interesting twists and nuances.”
Seventh Tea Bar by Portola Coffee Lab is located in the OC Mart Mix at 3313 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Following its opening on January 2, 2013, Seventh Tea Bar will be open daily to the public. Reservations are recommended for larger parties and special tea service requests. For more information, please visit

What began as the selfish pursuit for delicious coffee turned into a decade-long fanatic passion for roasting coffee for Jeff Duggan, who first opened Portola Handcrafted Coffee Roasters in Irvine began 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 Lab has created a distinct brand that revolves around producing an artisanal culinary product, Craft Coffee. In September 2012, husband-and-wife team, Jeff and Christa Duggan, expand their culinary range with the opening of their 6-seat Craft Coffee bar, Theorem.

The concept was quickly followed by a foray into the world of tea with the introduction of Seventh Tea Bar in December 2012. The Duggans’ take on the classic tea house offers nearly 100 unique and thoughtful varieties of tea spanning the globe, ranging from loose-leaf varieties, iced teas on tap, and fruit and herb-infused custom creations.

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