Fatigue has been blamed for more auto accidents than driving while wearing foam fingers on both hands and running red lights to make it to poetry readings. Beat fatigue into a pool of fatigue juice with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of coffee and café eats at Portfolio Coffeehouse in Long Beach. This Groupon is valid at both Portfolio Coffeehouse and Portfolio Annex, its newest location on East 4th at Cherry.
A charming neighborhood coffee shop, Portfolio Coffeehouse provides freshly brewed Illy coffee, café fare, and diverse diversions. The menu offers sandwiches, salads, and treats to cover every meal. Start your day with a hearty breakfast vegetarian panini (egg, tomato, munster cheese, and arugula on a grilled english muffin; $3.95) or postpone pabulum until lunch and feast on caprese panini layered with fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, pesto, tomatoes, and balsamic glaze on a grilled ciabatta roll ($7.95). Authentic Italian gelato appeases a sweet tooth that has long threatened to create its own sugars. Portfolio's focus is coffee, so power up with a triple red eye ($3) or indulge in a Mexican chocolate mocha ($3.55 for a single). Green tea lattes, Italian iced soda, and a kids' orange delight ($2.35–3.20 for a 12 oz.) provide alternative refreshment.
Tucked among the many vintage and antique shops along 4th Street Retro Row, Portfolio Coffeehouse offers all the Old World allure of a Viennese cafe. The venue includes umbrella-ed outdoor tables, and recherché sofas and armchairs to sink into like a goat into a bog. Sprawl out with a paper, surf the free WiFi-powered net, or examine an exhibition from a local artist. Free knitting classes and open mic nights provide a welcome diversion from watching reruns of preseason baseball games. If big spaces make you nervous, redeem your Groupon across the street at the diminutive Portfolio Annex, adjacent to the newly renovated Art Theatre. Any balance unused after your first visit will be transferred to a gift card that you may use across subsequent visits.
The Los Angeles Times and OC Weekly recommend Portfolio Coffeehouse, and About.com calls it "Long Beach's favorite coffeehouse." Yelpers give it an average of four stars, and six Insider Pagers give it five. The coffee shop has more than 500 Facebook fans:
- This java joint is brewin' when it comes to taking your caffeine buzz to higher grounds. The friendly staff members at Portfolio Cafe jolt their espresso with more than 30 tasty flavors. – Kim Lachance, Los Angeles Times
- … this stylish and quaint coffeehouse is a perfect little spot for those looking to relax, make use of the computers available or get some work done on their own laptop. – OC Weekly