Author Archives: 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.


WBC Countdown: Barista Champion of Spain, Jordi Mestre

JORDI MESTRE BARISTA CHAMPION OF SPAIN @nomadcoffeeuk Barista Magazine: Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school? Jordi: I studied Product Design Engineering and a (earned a) BSC in Furniture Restoration and Conservation, I worked in both fields and decided there had … Read more →


WBC Countdown: Barista Champion of Singapore Ryan Tan

RYAN TAN BARISTA CHAMPION OF SINGAPORE @Ryankierantan     Barista Magazine: Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school? Ryan: I obtained my undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance at The University of Melbourne. BMag: How did you get started in coffee? Ryan: About … Read more →

Ronny of Belgium—who placed third in the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship—makes me one of his internationally celebrated drinks.

When Baristas Party In Italy

We who work in the coffee industry—as baristas, roasters, cuppers, cafe owners, and even the few like me who get to write about them for a living—have it pretty good, for a lot of reasons. But one of the best reasons is the way we celebrate together. Perhaps one of … Read more →

Charlie took sixth place at what was perhaps the most competitive USBC ever—congratulations, Charlie!

From the Mind of USBC Finalist Charlie Habegger

When the ranking for the 2013 United States Barista Championship had been announced, the finalists looked just exhausted, so we wanted to give them some space to be with their friends and family, and decompress. Since then, I’ve been able to chat with all six of them about what was … Read more →

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