From the Source: Exploring the World of Sustainable Coffee and Chocolate with Origin


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A day of free talks and presentations

This event takes place at the British Library.

Join Origin, one of the UK’s longest-standing, independent roasteries, and residents at the British Library, for a fascinating series of discussions and presentations.
All sessions take place in the British Library’s summer Piazza Pavilion and are free to attend.

11.30 – 12.15
What Direct Trade means for Origin
Origin are committed to quality and traceability of coffee and their approach is to make things as transparent as possible, basing Direct Trade around to sustainable, open and honest relationships, In the past, this has been based on clear messaging and trust but now independent B Corp certification regularly inspects supply chains and hold all accountable. This is the future of speciality coffee.

In this introductory talk, Origin Director of Coffee, Freda Yuan, delves into the principles of Direct Trade, and explains why strong relationships form the foundations of their business. Freda is a professional coffee taster and buyer; a licensed Q-grader; and a member of the Coffee Roasters Guild leadership council. Her accolades include winner of the SCA UK Cup Tasters in 2017, 2018, and 2020, as well as securing 3rd place in the World Cup Tasters in 2017 and 5th in 2021.

12.45 – 13.30
The Importance of Sustainability as a Coffee Roaster
Relationships. Sourcing. Products. Packaging. Origin seeks to apply sustainability to every aspect of what it does, even going beyond legal and regulatory requirements. Sustainability Officer, Sara Walker take you through Origin’s journey to B certification, the new standard of fair business around the world, and how the company is applying it to ensure that that people, planet, and profit can be balanced fairly, treated with equal respect and purpose. And of course how these underpins great coffee.

14.00 – 14.45
How do Professionals Taste Coffee?
‘Cupping’ or specialist coffee tasting began in the 19th century as an auction method by merchants wanting to check for consistency before making those purchase decisions. It still plays an integral role for producers and green coffee buyers around the world, helping evaluate and score coffee. Origin’s Barista Trainer and UK AeroPress Champion, Ryohji Hope, takes you through the world of comparing and contrasting coffees, helping you understand and identify cup characteristics and flavour profiles. Whether you boast an experienced palette, or you’re new to the world of speciality coffee, this is an event for the curious and keen, where Ryohji will guide you through an array of incredible coffee, helping you hone those sensory skills.

15:00 – 16:15
The Perfect Pairing: The Future of Direct-Trade Chocolate
Origin Coffee has a strong relationship with Rio Nuevo Chocolate, a small, mission-led Cornwall based business that sources gourmet-quality, single-origin chocolate from independent indigenous growers. With a firm belief that business can be used as a vehicle for real, positive change, Rio Nuevo’s luxury chocolate is proof of how Direct Trade business can benefit all. Their single-origin chocolate is sourced from Ecuador’s Chocó Cloud Forest and Amazon Rainforest, where ethics, sustainability, and the welfare of the communities that they’ve partnered with, inform every decision that’s made.

At this session the Rio Nuevo team invite you to join the conversation about bringing the chocolate industry into the 21st century, where traceability, trust, and taste have equal value. Plus a guided through tasting notes and pairing advice.


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Name: From the Source: Exploring the World of Sustainable Coffee and Chocolate with Origin
Where: British Library St Pancras
When: -
Price: Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546