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My Coffee Career Progression 7

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

I rejected a trainer position from Origin when I was looking for visa sponsorship. I knew I didn’t want to work in training so I rejected the offer even though Origin would apply a visa for me.

I almost rejected the Head of Coffee position again from@origincoffeeroasters.

The news came during my preparation time for World Cup tasters in Brazil. I felt it was too distracted to make a decision and I was so unqualified for the job.

A year after, I am so grateful that I made the decision.

The Head of coffee position is very diverse. It took me a few months to catch up. It was a slow and frustrating transition. It’s related to management, procurement, strategy planning, social compliance, customer relationships, and so much more.

Since graduating from uni, I have been working in hospitality and managed a few restaurants in Taiwan. I spent a few years in the textile manufacturing industry specifically in social compliance. With my experiences in Caravan and Raw material, plus my passion for sensory. I finally realised this job is something that I have been working toward without knowing the end game.

The team in Origin is great! Everyone is passionate about their work and very professional. I learned to really focus on our own core value, which determines every decision I make at work and in my personal life. How can I make the decision that is more substantial and maintain positive in the longer-term?

I strive to source coffee that breaks people’s preconceptions of terroir, processing, and varieties. Try to remove the label of “how it should be tasting.”

I am also devoted to social projects which will take a longer time to develop and flourish. .

Yap! I love what I am doing and I am grateful that the universe led me to here.

Everything you do right now will be relevant later. It will be useful. No matter is negative or positive experiences. It might be tough or take a while, but eventually, you will get over it and become a better version of yourself. Trust the process and the universe will bring you to the place that you belong. It’s only a matter of time.


Sourcing trip to Brazil.

Visiting Jairo's Buena Vista farm in Colombia.

One of my memorable trip with Finca Hartmann in Panama.

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