I first trained as a barista in Belfast nearly ten years ago. I’ve since moved to Glasgow to study, have worked in bars, and even worked in finance! Luckily however learning to make great coffee is a lot like learning to ride a bike, you don’t forget it, and I’m incredibly enthusiastic to be back in the profession and to have secured a place for myself here at Ovenbird. I’m particularly interested in coffee origins and how to best complement the flavours of each unique coffee bean by blending and roasting. I think working in the roastery suits me as I’m an active and energetic person who likes getting her hands dirty and being tired at the end of the day. In my free time I love running, reading, and beer.

 My favourite Ovenbird product is the Rwanda Women’s Coffee Alliance, which we roast using beans which are processed mainly by female farmers working in collaboration with IWCA Rwanda, an NGO which aims to engage and empower women in the coffee industry. I think it’s great from an ethical and sustainability perspective and the taste is equally as impressive! 

 At Ovenbird Coffee apart from learning the art of coffee roasting, I deal with wholesale accounts, web orders, production and training. I am also very excited to get the new Giesen W15a. I can’t wait to be able to get my hands dirty on that coffee roaster.