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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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How to be a Cup of Excellence Judge

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) is offering a spectacular opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to cup like a pro: The ACE Training in Honduras will take place February 3–7, and you’re invited. This is an incredible opportunity to thoroughly learn sensory analysis according to the Cup of … Read more →

The New Yorker's Matt Bucchanan cited G&B Coffee in L.A.'s practice of using high-quality ingredients to reimagine what were previously considered frou-frou drinks (peppermint mochas) as exceptional coffee drinks. G&B's owners are Kyle Glanville (left) and Charles Babinski, pictured here when they delivered the keynote speech at this year's Barista Nation Los Angeles event.

New Year’s Predictions for Coffee

It’s scary to make predictions! But it’s fun, too, because it really challenges us to think about what we know and reflect on potential changes. My main one isn’t going to start and end in the course of a year, but I predict an age of baristas who are ready … Read more →

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Refresher: Preventative Maintenance

As many of your are off work this week, we thought we’d take the opportunity to give you some reading material—save it for later if you want. No matter how experienced you are, or how much of a newbie you may be, every coffee professional needs to stay fresh on … Read more →

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Backflushing Refresher Course!

I got an email from a barista last night who was having trouble some issues with backflushing: I have a 5 group head La Marzocco and I daily backflush with water and detergent. I now know there is a huge debate on backflushing with/without the screen. That ISN’T my question. … Read more →

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