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Sarah

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.

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10 Minutes With Jason Burton

Jason Burton LAB tech The LAB Kansas City, Missouri & Portland, Oregon What other coffee jobs have you had? Made the fashion and music graphic design career jump from NYC to The Roasterie in Kansas City. That was late 2004. I had a 3+ year stint there as the Marketing … Read more →

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The Origin of Geisha

One of the most beautiful parts of being in the coffee industry is the magic and mystery that surrounds so much coffee history. And while we will never know if Kaldi’s goats really danced, we might be closer to finding out the truth behind coffee’s other great legend: the origin … Read more →

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The February+March 2014 Issue of Barista Magazine is Here!

Happy February, guys! We are so super stoked to introduce the newest issue of Barista Magazine, our February+March 2014 volume! Who’s that handsome guy in paradise on the cover, you ask? Why, that’s Victor Delpierre, who is the reigning World Coffee In Good Spirits Champion. An accomplished bartender and passionate … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Dale Harris

Dale Harris Director of Wholesale HasBean Coffee United Kingdom What other coffee jobs have you had? Boring, boring—all in the UK. Coffee Trainer then Director of Coffee for United Coffee Company. I previously worked for a chain in a variety of roles. Before that, I worked in fashion retail training—I … Read more →

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Stop Civet Cat Abuse

We all make fun of kopi luwak, or “poop coffee,” which is the coffee that is eaten by the Asian palm civet, then excreted, washed, and sold for exorbitant prices based pretty much on the kitsch factor—I’ve never met a coffee professional who has recommended this coffee. It’s neither good … Read more →

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Get Your Coffee Science On!

The Specialty Coffee Association of America just released a volume of super nerdy and extra awesome coffee science stuff. We love it! The book includes an extensive glossary of coffee and coffee science terms, as well as some cool charts and beautiful illustrations. From the press release: The Coffee Biology … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Holly Perry

Holly Perry Director of Retail Operations Klatch Coffee, Inc. Upland, California What other coffee jobs have you had?  Working in the family business and beginning at such a young age, I essentially worked my way from the bottom up. I started out at the age of 6 sweeping the bean … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Alexander Ruas

Alexander Ruas Coach for Swedish National Barista Team & Creative Coffee Consultant Stockholm, Sweden What other coffee jobs have you had? I’ve always been a freelance/consultant coffee dude but I’ve shared my office with Drop Coffee before Drop even existed. I pulled my fair share of shots and brewed my … Read more →

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