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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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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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Happy Holiday TNTs in the NW, SE, and NE!

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, it kind of means, whether you’re working or not, that it’s a whole holiday week—this year, falling between December 23 and December 27. And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you likely enjoy this more relaxed pace, when lots of people are off … Read more →

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Wanna go to Shanghai?

We do! The HOTELEX Shanghai and EXPO Finefood events are going to be amazing! It takes place March 31 to April 3, and will include, like, the events of the country’s coffee industry. These include: • The China Barista Championship • The China Latte Art Championship • The China Master Bartending … Read more →

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Barista Nation… Montreal!

We’re thrilled to spread the word that Barista Nation’s next locale is Montreal! We can’t wait to pop up north to this famous and beautiful city for what is one of our most beloved coffee education events. Interestingly, Montreal’s specialty coffee scene has been slow to take off, but we … Read more →

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We Heart San Diego

I’m totally crushing on San Diego right now. Could it be because it’s around 18 degrees F in Portland right now? That has a lot to do with it. But besides beautiful sunshine and stunning vistas, San Diego has something else going for it that we think is pretty awesome: … Read more →

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More then Half a Million for Brazilian Farmers

Great news from the Alliance for Coffee Excellence and the Brazil Specialty Coffee Association: this year’s Cup of Excellence (COE) Early Harvest live auction raised more than $516,000 for the country’s COE-winning farmers—that’s an above 30% increase from last year. The top lot, which scored a 92.09, hailed from Sitio São … Read more →

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Berlin’s Coffee Scene: The Next Big Thing Is Here

*Note: This article has been edited and includes several corrections. A few friends in the specialty-coffee industry have been buzzing to me for a while now about how the scene is growing, and growing fast, in Berlin, Germany. The trajectory reminds me of what’s happened in recent years in Paris, … Read more →

Robben Island from the edge of Cape Town. Photo by Kenneth R. Olson, Barista Magazine

Losing Nelson Mandela

Though he was never directly associated with the coffee industry on his home continent of Africa, Nelson Mandela—who died today at age 95—and his life’s work as an anti-apartheid icon, social visionary, and one of the most important humanitarians in history, is in fact connected not only to the coffee … Read more →

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