Coffee addiction, coffee obsession, and coffee zealotry are reaching a peak. You may buy your beans at Whole Foods, but a new Travel Channel show depicts the length coffee-hunter Todd Carmichael will go for a cup of mud and a new film called Honduras Coffee Project explores a Central American coffee farm buoyed by Downtown's Handsome Coffee Roasters. To satisfy for your own cravings, you won't need a passport, but you will need to head out to Costa Mesa, where Food GPS spots a new height in twee coffee connoisseurship called Theorum at Portola Coffee Lab at Orange County's O.C. Mix.
This new six-seat concept takes an intensely-researched, scientific approach towards coffee, going big on hardcore equipment to present a personalized experience that offers a daily changing menu of seasonal brews at a walk-up bar.
Then there's also the reservation-only "craft service experience," a personal, hour-long coffee tasting priced at $20 that includes weekly-changing menus featuring themes like "barrel aged coffee," curios like a "liquid nitrogen affogato," and a breakdown of international coffee variations like Vietnamese ca phe sua da and Ciuban cortados, complete with accompanying lessons on the history and chemistry of making a great cup of coffee.