trish rothgeb
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
coffee roaster, industry professional, consultant
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Washington DC
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
any and all
About Me:
I've been in the coffee business for more than 20 years now...began as a barista.
In 1990, I learned how to roast on a L12 Probat shop roaster. The boss just showed me how to turn it on and which beans he wanted roasted French (all coffee was French Roast). I told him to go golfing and leave me to it. That was the best job ever!
I went to Norway in 1998 and learned more than I could have imagined.
I have been a roaster, green buyer, sales rep, product consultant, and trainer in coffee.
I'm very active in with committee work for the SCAA.
To make a living, I teach people things about coffee.
About My Company:
TDR and the String Ball Project is a concept based on the idea that all work that I do in coffee contributes to a larger plan. The plan is to work towards better coffees and better coffee experiences.
Let me know if you want the longer explanation.

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Posted on April 9, 2008 at 8:37am 8 Comments

I wish Don Holly was on bX.

DAILY LIST: 31jan08

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 9:51am 0 Comments

Just flew in from Kona, and jeez are my arms tired!!

Tasted coffee with the Kona Pacific Farmer's Cooperative...and ANDREW HETZEL came to play as well! Can you believe he was actually in Hawaii? He's never in Hawaii!

Mostly we tasted coffees other than Kona. The producers tasted Colombia, Ethiopia (natural), Guatemala, Sulawesi, and Brazil Cerrado. These guys were blown away! Think about it- if you thought your coffee was THE best in the world and then found out all these… Continue


Posted on January 17, 2008 at 2:54pm 0 Comments

Let me start by saying that I'm having a very good hair day today, and I'm just sorry you're not all able to see it.

Made my way down to the old roastery (ZOKA) this morning to make a nuisance of myself and see if I could score a pound of the freshly roasted stuff.

Had a bitchen conversation with some great minds about whether a certain coffee was fermented or fruity. I walked the fence by saying it was "fruity" and that I am not too fond of the fruity coffees. Got myself some nice… Continue

DAILY LIST: (1st installment) 13Jan08

Posted on January 13, 2008 at 12:34pm 2 Comments

Today, I made a double macchiato for Heather Perry and she said it was good! Then Bronwen Serna said, "Yeah, she knows how to do it." and I was over the moon!

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At 5:16pm on January 26, 2010, lindsaytron said…
We're gonna have a barista jam in baltimore!
you should come!
At 8:33am on April 3, 2009, michael Phillips said…
dear god Trish... That is why cameras should have a breathalyzer activation feature on them...
At 12:27pm on March 25, 2009, Wilson Hines said…
Hey Trish, just wanted you to know I found an Oasis of quality coffee with your influence stamped all over it.
I was in Boaz, AL yesterday and there was this great looking little coffee shop right beside of a hospital. It was called JaMoka's Coffee Co. I walked in expecting to find crap coffee, but I was about to embark on an 11 hour drive and I just wanted some coffee to go.
To my suprise, this little joint had two Lineas' running and two Swift (don't care for the that, but...) grinders. I thought to myself, "Awe shucks, give'em a try." So, I ordered a double shot, and a capp and she asked me "Would you like a traditional capp or a larger one? I knew I had probably struck gold!
I asked for the traditional and they pulled out and preheated a ACF brand 8 oz capp cup!
The espresso was sweet, very good. I was shocked! The capp was great and she even poured me an apple for latte art.
When I asked who their roaster was she replied Zoka! The owner used to live in Seattle and she came down and opened up the shop, bringing some Zoka zeal with her!
I ordered an Ethiopian out of the vac pot and it was full of blueberries. I was truly impressed at the quality of all of the coffee.
It was like a water stand in a desert! I really enjoyed the time I spent there and I brought a pound of espresso home roasted on the 18th.
I had been wanting to try Zoka for a couple years and now I see what I have missed.
At 4:44pm on March 12, 2009, michael Phillips said…
I would say your even more amazing lady. Our encounters are few and far between but always a pleasure... see you in the ATL i assume?
At 8:55pm on January 28, 2009, Mike Sala said…
Come on get happy

At 4:30pm on November 18, 2008, Michelle Campbell said…
Hi! Sorry for the delay, I just got your note today. Are you still in town? I'd love to hook-up anytime. I have a dr.'s appointment Wed afternoon, but other than that I'm free. Let me know what works for you. Big Hug!
At 7:13am on November 16, 2008, Steve MacDowall said…
great photos - greetings from Canada - Steve
At 8:11am on September 28, 2008, Andy Newbom said…
Well hello lady..... noticed the address change my friend... serious stuff lady. Guess that means you are officially back off the available bachelorette list! Dang it I was about to work up my fancy pickup line....!
At 12:47am on September 25, 2008, The Barista Formerly Known As JavaJ said…
Thanks Trish! I ran into your mom at Temple randomly one time.

Unfortunately I won't be writing those particular articles anymore, as I have (fortunately) moved back to San Francisco. Hope to open a shop here in the next 6 months or so. Next time you're in SF, let me know ahead of time and I might even bring some chocolate!
At 10:55am on September 17, 2008, said…
Saw a picture of the Trevi Fountain the other day and thought of you. How are things?

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