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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 Nik Virrey

Nik Virrey Owner, Co-Lead Liquid Consultant Matte&Gloss LLC & Director of Education Slate Coffee Roasters & Lead Bartender Liberty Bar All in Seattle, Washington  What other coffee jobs have you had? Barista from 2005–09 Starbucks Temecula, California & Seattle, Washington Director of Education from 2009–11 Zoka Coffee Roasters Seattle, Washington What’s … Read more →

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Fundraising for a Fellow Barista

Our hearts go out to Rhett Harkins of Bloc Coffee Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio: on a hiking trip in the Red Roiver Gorge recently, Rhett slid on 15 feet of hidden ice. He tumbled over a cliff more than 60 feet, and has sustained some pretty severe injuries. It took … Read more →

Barista Mag in the house! Free copies for everybody!

Day 2 at the Big Eastern Barista Competition!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s report from the Big Eastern, we are so sad we can’t be there! Ken is at the Italian Coffee Championships in Rimini, Italy, while I am essentially chained to my desk all weekend finishing up the February+March issue of Barista Magazine. Lucky for us, our … Read more →

If there's one thing David Heilbrunn of Coffee Fest loves as much as coffee people, it's fishing people!

10 Minutes With David Heilbrunn

David Heilbrunn President & CEO: Lifestyle Events, Inc. President: Coffee Fest Trade Shows Issaquah, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? No other coffee jobs. Twenty-two years producing Coffee Fest has proven quite the education. Previously I rose through the ranks in retail with Tandy Corporation and Radio Shack. … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Casper Engel Rasmussen

Casper Engel Rasmussen Roastery and Quality Manager The Coffee Collective Copenhagen, Denmark. What other coffee jobs have you had? I’ve been in the coffee business for 12 years now. My first job in coffee was in a cafe back in my hometown, Silkeborg, called Cafe Evald. It’s kind of funny … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Ryan Willbur

Ryan Willbur Marketing, Education, & Coffee Coordinator La Marzocco USA Seattle, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? My first job in coffee was as a barista for Lava Java in Ridgefield, Wash., and it’s kind of crazy how many life-long coffee professionals have come from that little cafe … Read more →

This is the Cotton Room. What a totally dope location for a barista event!

More Photos from Durham & The Big Eastern!

Thanks to our on-the-ground reporter, Lem Butler, we have more exciting photos to share with you as the Big Eastern event gets put together and ready for its debut tomorrow in Durham, North Carolina! The Big Eastern will host the SE Regional and the NE Regional Barista Competitions, and the … Read more →

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