Head of Coffee
Origin Coffee Roasters
Freda Yuan’s incredible talent and accolades are evident in her winning the SCA UK Cup Tasters in 2017 & 2018, as well as gaining 3rd place in the World Cup Tasters 2017. Alongside this, she is a licensed Q-grader, authorised SCA trainer and a SCA UK Sensory Judge.
Throughout Freda’s six-year coffee career she’s worked on both sides of the supply chain, from barista through to green coffee buyer, with other roles including roasting and QC’ing. Her role as Origin’s Head of Coffee involves developing their direct trade coffee program and travelling the world in pursuit of exceptional crops.
YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 6
PREVIOUS SIGNIFICANT ROLES: Barista, Quality control.
MOTIVATION or INTEREST THAT GOT YOU INTO COFFEE: Sensory analysis and people.
BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR CAREER SO FAR: There are many small events that inspired me along the way. The biggest one that kept me going was when I successfully dialled in espresso in my early barista career. I then realised that I can taste various flavours on my palate which gave me more confidence to explore more.
FAVOURITE CUP: Sweet and clean.