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My Coffee Career Progression 1

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Ok, I’ve decided to share my career path in coffee on Instagram.

It’s not just because I am a bit bored in this lockdown period, but also I would like to share my insights on choosing different paths.

You might not know, but I have worked in many sectors in the coffee: baristas, roastery assistant, green importer assistant and sales, quality control manager, Head of coffee. I also have volunteered quite a lot of events in different countries.

From a fresh-off-boat immigrant to three-time UK cup tasters champions, my journey hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s rather bumpy. I am going to split the post into different sections.

I hope through my experiences, I could help you to identify your own career progress in the coffee industry.


Originally from Taiwan, 7 years ago, I came to UK to fulfill my thirst for gaining overseas working experiences.

I had a clear clue that I wanted to become a barista after working for Mr. Tulk cafe in Melbourne. The goal is to master making coffee then return Taiwan to open a cafe of my own.

As you might notice, I am still have not returned to my motherland and my current job clearly is not the one that I aimed for.

My first job was working for the legendary Taylor St Baristas as the front of the house staff. Through their unbeatable barista training, I slowly found my ground in London and mastered barista work during my UK working holiday period.

After Taylor st Baristas, I worked a little bit for Alchemy coffee and started freelance barista work (this is before freelance is a thing in London) since my visa is running out.


Featured by London Coffee Festival when I was working for Taylor St. Barista.

Great time working at Taylor St. Barista Bank site.

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