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Sarah

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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All Your Start-Up Questions Answered: Barista Nation Denver

Here’s a promise: Barista Nation Denver is going to be absolutely epic.  If you guys know Barista Magazine then you know how much we love and support the amazing organization, Barista Nation, which travels the world hosting educational events for coffee professionals that bring together industry leaders in intimate settings … Read more →

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Handsome Goes Blue Bottle: How It’s All Shaking Down

In one of the biggest pieces of coffee industry news this year, Blue Bottle Coffee acquired Handsome Coffee Roasters as well as Tonx on April 7. All companies involved are beloved in the specialty-coffee community, and we know a lot of people have been eager to know how the changes are … Read more →

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My Coffee Box: A Personalized Coffee Subscription Service

In case you don’t know him, Chad Bledsoe is one of the brightest and most determined young baristas in Portland, Oregon. I see him at all the local barista events and Thursday Night Throwdowns, and he’s almost always ranking pretty high up there, if not winning the whole thing.: he … Read more →

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Introducing La Marzocco’s Academia Project

One of the coolest things I saw at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo in Australia last week was the design for La Marzocco’s Academia Project. Tom Beaumont, who is the general manager of La Marzocco Australia, was excited to show it to me when I stopped by the booth. As … Read more →

Latte Art Battle for Clean Water

Portland, Ore.’s trendy Pearl District will play host to a very special Thursday Night Throwdown tomorrow, at Christopher David, a design and style mecca—complete with a café inside—in Northwest Portland. The event, which begins at 7 p.m. and is open to any and everyone, is called the Battle for Clean … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Justin DeWaard

Justin DeWaard General Manager/Director of Coffee Rowster Coffee Grand Rapids, Michigan What other coffee jobs have you had? I started working in 2005 at JP’s Coffee & Espresso in Holland, Mich., as a barista—though Sherry, the manager, will tell you she gave me a job just so she wouldn’t have … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Matt Vassau

Matt Vassau Founder and CEO Driven Coffee Minneapolis, Minnesota What other coffee jobs have you had? My first coffee job was VP of field operations for Espresso Partners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We serviced and sold coffee and espresso equipment, and I managed the tech force. I later moved into the … Read more →

Patrick says that the Paramount building is the perfect place for his new coffeehouse: "The huge windows allow sunlight to stream in and reflect of the original terrazzo floors. Fourteen-foot ceilings make the space open and inviting, not to mention the 50 plus seats waiting to be filled."

Palace Coffee Aims to Expand Via Kickstarter

We’re big fans of Patrick Burns and his Canyon, Texas, outfit Palace Coffee. Patrick is a total go-getter. He organized and developed a latte art throw down series for his local coffee community, and worked with Dalla Corte’s Skip Finley and Sevan Istanboulian to get the inaugural U.S. Latte Art … Read more →

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