Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters is a coffee roasting company in the San Francisco Bay Area. We're working on quickly becoming the area's most recognized purveyor of sustainably sourced, expertly roasted specialty coffee, presented with unparalleled service.



Trish Rothgeb


Trish is the owner, green coffee buyer, and roastmaster.


Her experience in the industry spans over 20 years as a coffee roaster, green coffee buyer, and teacher of all things coffee. An avid traveler in coffee growing regions worldwide, she teaches “cupping” to coffee producers and coffee professionals around the world. She is also credited with coining the term "third wave coffee" and identifying the relevant concepts.

Trish is a licensed Q-Grader and credentialed Q Trainer by the Coffee Quality Institute. She has served on the SCAA’s Roasters Guild Executive Council, was a charter member of the World Barista Championship Board of Directors and a founding member of the Barista Guild of America.

Starting in early 2013, Trish began work on staff with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) as the Director of Programs: Q and Educational Services.

Trish on Twitter: @trishrothgeb



Nicholas Cho


Nick is the brewing, barista training, and retailing specialist.


Nick founded murky coffee in 2002, which developed to be the city’s premier coffeebar, winning barista competitions and recognition around the specialty coffee industry.

Over the past few years, Nicholas served as a director on the Barista Guild of America’s Executive Council, on the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Board of Directors, on the World Barista Championship Board of Directors, and as the chairman of the United States Barista Championship. He was also the 2006 South East Regional Barista Champion.

Currently, Nick is a member of the SCAA Standards Committee, and works closely with World Coffee Events in development of competitions and event direction.

Nick on Twitter: @nickcho





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