Wrecking Ball Coffee’s upcoming Berkeley cafe will be about much more than just coffee
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Wrecking Ball Coffee’s upcoming Berkeley cafe will be about much more than just coffee

A mural in Wrecking Ball Coffee in Berkeley. It was created by Christian Chanyang Shim, a Korean artist based in Los Angeles. Nothing may more succinctly embody the ethos of Wrecking Ball Coffee’s pending Berkeley outpost than a sprawling mural covering its back wall. It depicts a young black woman dressed in traditional Korean formal attire. A cherry blossom tree, painted with charcoal-colored branches and red flowers, blooms behind her. Accessibility is a foundational component of the new Wrecking Ball space, said Nick Cho, who runs the company alongside wife and co-owner Trish Rothgeb, who also own a roastery on Folsom Street and a cafe in Cow Hollow, both in San Francisco. Cho has said the Berkeley cafe could represent the “fourth wave” coffee movement, which revolves around inclusion. In an ideal scenario, he said the cafe will introduce a more welcoming form of craft coffee culture to a swath of the region’s minority and marginalized populace, who might feel excluded from the $48 billion coffee industry. Cho is no stranger to being outspoken about social issues . In 2018, he turned down a $40,000 contract to serve drinks at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual user conference. Cho, at the time, […]

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