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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.

Former barista competitor Ryan Willbur judges at the Southwest Regional Barista Competition. He says what he learned as a competitor makes judging especially important to him. Photo by Kenneth R. Olson

Why I Judge: An Essay by Christine Goepfert

Editor’s note: When Christine contacted me with the idea of writing for Barista Magazine about why she finds it not only interesting and fun, but also extremely educational to judge barista competitions, I was excited. From the formal contest that culminates in the World Barista Championship, to every other kind … Read more →

Honduras Cup of Excellence 2013 winner Jorge Lanza and his family.
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Cup of Excellence Auctions Are Upon Us!

Last Thursday marked the first of the Central American Cup of Excellence auctions of the year, with Honduras up to bat. Twenty-two farmers who had entered this year’s competition gathered together at the Instituto Hondureño del Café quality lab in San Pedro Sula to watch the annual online auction, and … Read more →

TMF’s brew bar will feature Aero Press, Chemex, Hario Pour Overs and French Press offerings.
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Taylor Maid Farms Opens New Bay Area Digs!

Happy opening day to our friends at Taylor Maid Farms in Sebastopol, California. For those of you not familiar with that area of Northern California, it’s some of the most beautiful land I’ve ever seen, hitched right alongside the famous Napa Valley. The doors to Taylor Maid Farms’ Organic Coffee … Read more →

Daniel Thompson's photography business is Buttondown Photography.

A Photographer Who Understands Coffee

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to look through the latest issue of Barista Magazine, June+July 2013 (and if you don’t have a subscription, you can read it for free online by clicking HERE.). We’re proud of this issue for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the … Read more →

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Look out, France: Aida’s Coming

As a special treat for attendees to the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe‘s World of Coffee event in Nice, France, June 26–28, Café Imports presents coffee producer Aida Batlle of El Salvador, who will lead a cupping of coffees from farms certified by Aida Batlle Selection (ABS). Café Imports’ Noah … Read more →

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Unofficial French Coffee Month

I hereby deem this the unofficial month of specialty coffee in France. There are a bunch of reasons for this, which I’ll reveal bit by bit in the coming weeks, but to start it all off, we’re excited to see that Paris’ seminal cafe Cafeotheque—considered the first of Paris’ progressive … Read more →

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