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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.

Charles at the beginning of his performance, greeting the judges.

USBC Finalist #1: Charles Babinski, G&B, Los Angeles

Does this guy look familiar? He should; he won second place at the USBC last year. Charles traveled to the World Barista Championship in Vienna last June to cheer on not only his friend, US Champ Katie Carguilo, but his other international barista champion friends. Indeed, Charles has been a … Read more →

Schedule for USBC Finals, Sunday at High Noon

1. Charles Babinski, G&B, Los Angeles–12:15 pm 2. Pete Licata, Parisi, Kansas City–12:45 pm 3. Trevor Corlett, MadCap, Washington, D.C.–1:15 pm 4. Charlie Habegger, Intelligentsia, Chicago–1:45 pm 5. Sam Lewontin, Everyman Espresso, 2:15 pm 6. Nick Purvis, The French Press, Santa Barbara, California–2:45 pm   6 different roasters 3 regional … Read more →

The Activities Hall hosts the USBC, US Brewers Cup, US Cup Tasters Challenge, the Latte Art Exhibition, and the BGA Café.

Give it up for Saturday! THE GUIDE

Can you believe it’s Saturday already? We sure can’t. This SCAA show is going fast! But there’s still tons to see and do! And a lot of competition excitement to be a part of! Here’s what we think would be some fun stuff to do today! 8 a.m. to 5 … Read more →

USBC Semifinals Round Schedule, Saturday

1. Charles Babinski, G&B, Los Angeles—10:17 a.m. 2. Lem Butler, CountCulture Coffee, Raleigh, N.C.—10:36 p.m. 3. Josh Taves, Dogwood Coffee, Minneapolis—10:55 a.m. 4. Michael Harwood, Independent, Carrboro, N.C.—11:14 a.m. 5. Charlie Habegger, Intelligentsia, Chicago—11:33 a.m. 6. Travis Beckett, Peregrine, Washington, D.C.—11:52 a.m. 7. Katie Carguilo, Counter Culture, Brooklyn—12:11 p.m. 8. … Read more →

US Brewers Cup FINALS Schedule, Saturday

Here is the official schedule for the U.S. Brewers Cup Finals tomorrow! 1. Phillip Ma, Ma’Velous, San Francisco—12 p.m. 2. Erin McCarthy, Counter Culture Coffee, Brooklyn—12:30 p.m. 3. Dean Kallivrousis, Parisi Coffee, Kansas City—1 p.m. 4. Zach Neuman, Cafe Helios, Raleigh, N.C.—1:30 p.m. 5. Brandon Paul Weaver, Slate Coffee, Seattle—2 … Read more →

VST Standard Coffee Bundle (value $599)

VST Giveaway at BMag Booth this weekend!

Our pal Vince Fedele of VST and MoJo To Go is being awfully generous this weekend. He’s given us some amazing coffee tools to give away to you as prizes for an impromptu contest here at SCAA! If you stop by the Barista Magazine booth  #797 today or Saturday at … Read more →

DChap with his Sunshine Dairy Milk backstage in the competitors' area.

Thursday at SCAA: The Photos

What an amazing day Thursday was here in Boston at the SCAA show, with the start of myriad barista competitions, exhibitors building their booths, and general merriment as coffee friends from all over the world were reunited. Here are photos from some of our favorite moments of the day.

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What’s the Haps, Friday? THE GUIDE

Happy Friday, everyone! Hmm. It feels weird saying that, because usually ‘happy Friday’ refers to that OMG-it’s-almost-the-weekend feeling. But here at the SCAA show in Boston, every day of the four-day event makes us feel giddy! There’s so much to do! Competitions to watch! Exhibitors to visit! Parties to crash! … Read more →

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