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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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Oak Barrel Aged Coffee From River City Roasters

Our friend Cortney Kern—who runs Barista Maniac—wrote to tell us about some guys in Illinois who are doing some really cool stuff: Erich and Tyler, who own River City Roaster in Yorkville, Illinois, are like any other specialty coffee roasters insofar as they’re smart and inquisitive, and they’re always looking … Read more →

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FEAST PDX! Chefs Treated to Special Stumptown Gesha Cupping

In the last 10 years, Portland has grown from a great place for foodies to a destination restaurant city. Maybe it’s the cheap rents, maybe the liberal populace, but definitely the adventurous appetites of Portlanders—who jump at the chance to try experimental wines, craft beers, and microroasted coffees—that helped make … Read more →

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Former USBC Champ Puts Her Popular Café Up for Sale

Coffee folks in the Pacific Northwest drive their cars from Portland to Olympia to Seattle on a fairly regular basis; ours is one of the most colorful, quality-focused coffee regions around, and we like to stay in touch with all of it. I’ve made a habit of stopping at Lava … Read more →

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NYC: Sparkling Guatemalan Coffees Coming Your Way

The Guatemalan road trip continues in New York next week with two cuppings of the spectacular microlot coffees on offer from  Tostaduría Guatemalteca Lab (TG-LAB) and Mayaland Coffee. You may recall our write-up about the event when it took place in Portland, Ore., at the American Barista & Coffee School in August: Dan … Read more →

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Hurry up and register for Barista Nation L.A. before Monday!

Barista Nation is one of our absolute favorite events for coffee professionals—as it hops from city to city, country to country, Barista Nation brings together the local coffee community to share in the expertise of visiting professionals from around the world, play on the latest, coolest new equipment, discuss industry … Read more →

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Pre-Order: Stumptown’s Gesha Road Trip Is a Total Trip

I clearly remember hearing about Stumptown owner Duane Sorenson’s epic trip to Honduras and Guatemala years back, when he smuggled Gesha beans onto the farms of some great friends: Arturo Aguirre in Guatemala (Finca El Injerto) and Marysabel Caballero in Honduras (Finca El Puente). Duane had gotten the beans from … Read more →

Stefanos, Alejandro, and some fun-lovin' soldiers during tonight's coffee service.

Intro to Origin by Alejandro Mendez

Imagine you’re a barista in Russia. Most of you can’t, can you? It’s an enormous yet isolated land, and the chances of most Russian baristas visiting a coffee-producing country are extremely slim. In fact, the chances of them even meeting another barista who has been to origin are small. So … Read more →

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