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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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To Stefanos With Love: Welcome to Our June/July Issue

We’ve been publishing Barista Magazine for more than eight years, so we’ve had the chance to see some great baristas grow from excited kids to passionate coffee professionals: Stefanos Domatiotis of Greece is one of those. The multi-time Barista Champion of Greece is featured on the cover of our June/July … Read more →


Lecture Series by Colombian Coffee Hub Continues

Ever since the World Barista Championship was held in Bogotá in 2011, the Colombian Coffee Federation has doubled, tripled, quadrupled its efforts to provide access to education for everyone along the chain, from producer to barista. The Colombian Coffee Hub—which is like Facebook but better, as it includes education and … Read more →

Colin is everything a champion should be: humble, honest, sincere, funny, and genuine.

WBC Finalist #4: Colin Harmon of Ireland

This is nothing new to Colin Harmond. He has competed—and made it to the WBC finals—four times now. The first was in Atlanta in 2009, where he placed fourth; the second was in London in 2010, where he once again earned fourth. Then he was back in 2012 in Vienna, … Read more →

This man is a role model for the entire country of Italy, whose coffee history is long and storied, but whose recent history has not been positive, coffee wise.

WBC Finalist #3: Francesco Sanapo of Italy

Ohhhhh, Francesco. Francesco is one of the people who makes this industry great. He’s been at this for a long time—15 years!—and he’s been the Barista Champion of Italy three times. But not only is this the first time he’s made it to the finals, it’s the first time he’s … Read more →

Nick is a fantastic guy—so friendly, so humble, and a large part of the growing barista community in New Zealand.

WBC Finalist #2: Nick Clark of New Zealand

Nick begins his performance by telling the judges how in love with his coffee he is — he says the first time he walked into the roastery—Flight Coffee Roasters, which he co-owns–this coffee, French Mission sundried, was singing to him. This coffee was sourced for Flight by Cafe Imports, by … Read more →

Thanasis Nikolis, Barista Champion of Greece, killedit in his semifinals routine.

WBC Semifinal Round

It’s been an exciting day here in Melbourne at the World Barista Championship. The 12 semifinalists have each taken the stage (as I write this, the final competitor of the day—William, Barista Champ of El Salvador—is serving his signature drinks), and these bandstands have completely filled out. There’s seating for … Read more →

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