Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.350

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 1648 Pacific Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Van Ness Ave. & Polk St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Phone: N/A
Hours: M-F 7am-2pm; Sa-Su 8am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Inker
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 11/23/2012
First Reviewed: 11/23/2012
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Trish Rothgeb and Nick Cho are coffee notables from the Northwest and D.C. area respectively, and they've combined forces in recent years as the roasting/brewing partnership behind Wrecking Ball. While their roasting operations are near Redwood City, they have a lone retail café in SF in the Firehouse 8 event space. A former firehouse (there's even a brass fire pole towards the back), it's a vast, airy space that's frequently inhabited by pop-ups that sell jewelry & clothing or weekend waffles. There are occasional display cases to show off some of these wares (giving it a slight museum feel), plus brick masonry at the entrance, stone floors, tall ceilings, and a row of simple café tables lined up at the entrance. Wrecking Ball is something of a permanent fixture here, however, opening in Nov. '12. In a rear corner they sport Kalita Japanese brewers (Nick has long been a fanboy) and scales for measuring coffee grounds precisely. They also sport a two-group Strada and a La Marzocco Vulcano grinder. For their espresso they use their 1UP blend ($2.25 for a doppio) and pull shots with a dark, even, textured crema. There's a strong herbacity to it, but fortunately it tastes more like coffee and less like blueberries and flower petals like many new roasters seem to profile. Solid. [CLOSED: As of May 2013, left this "pop up".]