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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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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 →

Simeon, winner of the inaugural U.S. Latte Art Championship, hoists his trophy. He'll represent the United States in Melbourne at the World Latte Art Championship next week. From left: Row, Simeon, Kyle, Dean. Photo courtesy of the SCAA

The U.S. Latte Art Championship Experience

We’re still reflecting on how awesome the inaugural U.S. Latte Art Championship—which took place at the SCAA show in Seattle two weeks ago—was. Thanks to the tireless efforts of a small team of believers—led by Skip Finley and Sevan Istanboulian of Dalla Corte North America, and the whole Dalla Corte … Read more →

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Everybody’s Loving On Cuvée Coffee

Our old pal, Mike McKim—owner of Cuvée Coffee in Austin, and also the very first person we profiled in our popular “10 Minutes With…” series—is getting some well-deserved accolades from top foodies in the United States, and we think that’s pretty cool. So we wanted to share to with you … Read more →

Yiannis' family company, Taf, is famous not only for buying and roasting some of the best coffees in the world, but for its champion baristas, who include Stefanos Domatiotis and Chros Loukakis.

10 Minutes With Yiannis Taloumis

Yiannis Taloumis Founder, CEO, Quality Control Manager (research for quality coffee & controlling roasting process) Taf Coffee Athens, Greece What other coffee jobs have you had? I did not have any other jobs, my whole career is focused on coffee. I started the family business and evolved it. What’s your … Read more →

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