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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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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 →

These pitchers have a nice heft to them because of the weight of the powder coating. Cole says this helps him with his pours.

These Pitchers are All Class

A big thanks to our friends at Visions Espresso for throwing some awesome Humpday swag our way. Cole McBride, a fierce latte art and barista competitor, as well as a Visions staffer, contacted me about these fly pitchers that Visions started carrying and asked if we wanted to give some … Read more →

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Moscow Calling!

Annnnddd I’m back! For the third year, I’m lucky enough to be joining in one of the industry’s most unique, not to mention successful, promotional coffee events: the Specialty Coffee Show in Red Square, produced by Russian coffee company Soyuz Coffee Roasting. Soyuz’s visionaries Drago Lakic and Regina Vasilyeva had … Read more →

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Baller Coffee at the Ball Game?

Take me out to the ball game Take me out to the fair Buy me some peanuts and a pour-over… OK, so my quick rewrite of the song doesn’t work too well… But you get the idea, right? This is pretty impressive: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters not only has a … Read more →

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