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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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So You Wanna Host A Barista Jam?

I’m always excited at this time of year, because it’s when Nathan Howes of Billings, Montana, contacts me about the annual Montana Barista Jam he coordinates. I remember the first time Nathan emailed me—it was few years ago, when he was putting together the second Montana Barista Jam. But let’s … Read more →

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Remembering Emelyne Smith

My heart broke clear in half when I learned that bright, sweet Emelyne Smith had taken her own life last Wednesday in New York City. She was only 31 years old. I got to know Emelyne—or Emmy as her friends called her—through email and over the phone. An aspiring journalist, … Read more →

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Big Growth Spurt In Portland Cafe Scene

While the Barista Mag crew was at BARISTA on Alberta in Portland for a photo shoot yesterday, I chatted with owner Billy Wilson about the progress of his fourth cafe, due to open in October “if everything goes totally perfectly,” Billy said with a wry smile. Then we all talked … Read more →

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Rest In Peace Christina Furr

The way we come into contact with people through the specialty coffee industry is wild and wonderful: you can reach out to almost anyone armed with only your passion for coffee, and a certain trust is immediate. That’s the way I felt when Christina Furr emailed me for the first … Read more →

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We Heart New Cafés: Meet Bluestone Lane in NYC

Barista Magazine loves cafes—it’s kind of what we’re all about. So when we hear about a new cafe opening, we’re stoked! We want to help that new cafe owner tell the world about their specialty coffee adventure! And Barista Magazine’s blog is the perfect place to do it: we have … Read more →

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