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Serving as a Naval Officer, Eric Johnson started brewing his own cold brew coffee during his final tour of duty in Iraq. Eric used his downtime to immerse himself in the coffee culture and started experimenting with recipes. He soon became so proficient that he was being praised for his product. Eric then found himself at an impasse upon his return; his time in service was coming to an end, and he knew he wanted to go into business for himself - to create something that would be remembered. He did not want to build a business solely for profit, he wanted to create a brand that would inspire people to "craft their own legacy."


While serving overseas, Eric noticed that coffee and tea act as a bridge between cultural differences. All of the chaos of conflict would pause between him and the village elders for a brief moment while enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea together. Two cultures born a world apart were communicating on so many

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              levels without saying a word- that was it! Eric had found h is calling and thus set out to create Trident Coffee Roasters, a coffee company built to fuel an active lifestyle and unrelenting spirit that would help drive positive impact between all walks of life.


Here at Trident Coffee, we are storytellers. All of our cold brews remind our customers that they are part of something bigger than themselves. We create connections through symbology and storytelling that engage with our customers on an emotional level distinguishing us from other coffee brands. We directly source our coffee to create a life cycle accountability that is transparent, organic, and empowers our coffee partners to be with us for the long haul. We take a scientific approach to brewing that captures different tasting notes and experiences with each cold brew to showcase that coffee is truly a craft beverage.




Our Mission

Connecting people and ideas in order to live out our potential.




Our Team


Eric Johnson – Founder (CEO)



Born and raised in San Diego, CA – Eric graduated from the Naval Academy and embarked on an 8 year stint serving as a “Seabee” Officer all around the world. His love for coffee ignited in him when he saw first-hand the connection it makes with people that did not even share the same language as him. Eric is on a mission to create a company that promotes Connection, Community, and Character through healthy products that will help fuel the spirit inside us all. 


Matt Johnson – Founder (Products)



Matt, the older brother of Eric, is no stranger to knowing what it takes to make products taste damn good. After his chapter in life competing in Water Polo came to an end, he became an Executive Chef in some of San Diego’s finest restaurants. His competitive nature, knowledge, and meticulous craft, is easily noticed when tasting our products.


Marcel Wright – (Operations)



Marcel is the guy behind the scenes making sure that Trident operates as smooth as our coffee tastes.  He met Eric while preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan and have been best friends since.  Marcel is a current student at USC Marshall, after medically retiring from the Army after 13 years of service. Marcel loves to split his time between Southern California and the Pacific Northwest with his family and their dogs, Rick and Groot (We REALLY love dogs here people.) 


Joshua Moffie – (Business Development)



Josh, a fellow Veteran (Air Force guy) met Eric while in graduate school at USC Marshall. Their personalities could not be more polar opposite, but somehow it works. Josh’s background in Management Consulting lends itself to all that is “Business” with Trident Coffee Roasters.










Our Tribe


TBD- Josh & Tanna

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