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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.

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 →

2013 World Barista Champion Pete Licata used a Mahlkönig K30 Vario TWIN grinder to win the international title.

Mahlkönig Redefines the Traditional Advent Calendar

World Barista Championship grinder sponsor Mahlkönig has come up with a unique way to celebrate the holiday month of December: with an Advent calendar. Those of us who celebrate Christmas may be familiar with the Advent calendar, which comes in many forms including the most popular paper and sweets. My … Read more →

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Holiday Gift Idea: Cafe Maps!

We’re just days away from the release of the December+January issue of Barista Magazine, which includes our annual gift guide called Best Bar Tools, in which working baristas and coffee professionals recommend the tools they love most! But we’ll be dropping some ideas for gift giving here on the blog … Read more →

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Weird & Awesome: The Barista Grand Prix in Seoul is Both

Among the many competitions taking place here in Seoul during the Cafe Show is the Angels in Us Barista World Grand Prix, a strange and fascinating contest that puts international baristas as well as some talented Korean baristas on the stage. The Angels in Us competition has actually existed in … Read more →

Is it any wonder there was a nonstop throng of people at the Kalita booth?

Cafe Show & World Coffee Leaders Forum in Seoul

I really like Seoul so far, even though I haven’t seen all that much of it yet. The people are friendly and so excited to have visitors, and the innovations I’ve seen on the floor of the Cafe Show—one of the biggest coffee shows in the world with 100,000 attendees—have … Read more →

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First Look at the New BARISTA by Billy Wilson

We sure have known Billy Wilson for a long time… I first met Billy at his very first barista competition back in 2002 at NASCORE. Eleven years later, he’s all grown up and has made his dreams come through with the success of his business, BARISTA: three beautiful Portland, Ore., … Read more →

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