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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.

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 →

Thanks, Espresso Parts and Voltage Coffee, for throwing this awesome party!

Hi there, Thursday! THE GUIDE

Hooray, hooray, this day is finally here! And by this day, I mean the first day of all the barista- and cafe-owner-centric events at the SCAA show here in Boston! Here are our picks for the things to do to make the most of your day. 9 a.m. to 4:30 … Read more →

From left: Tone Liavaag, Heather Perry, and Sonja Grant. This photo was taken in Japan at the 2007 WBC. Heather gave Tone and Sonja gifts of the first cups she ever used in a barista competition as a thank you for all they had taught her.

The Very First Article About Barista Competitions

I wasn’t going to get emotional about this, but when Barista Magazine Publisher Kenneth Olson and I walked off the plane at Logan Airport in Boston, I was suddenly overcome with memories. He encouraged me to write what follows. These things happened here 10 years ago:• I attended my very … Read more →

Thanks for this cool prize, Prima: A box of Melitta filters and a brand new baby Clever! It's adorable!
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Let’s Win Some Stuff—It’s Humpday!

Happy Humpday everyone! You thought we were going to forget about you guys because we’re at the SCAA show in Boston? Not a chance! The SCAA is fun and all, but only a teensy tiny percentage of the people that Barista Magazine serves are going to SCAA. Most of Barista … Read more →

New Executive BGA Councilmembers Announced!

The votes are in! The new councilmembers for the Barista Guild of America are: Alex Littlejohn, Verve Coffee Roasters Miguel Vicuna, Metropolis Coffee Lohi Laila Ghambari, Caffe Ladro Cole McBride, Visions Espresso Congratulations, guys!

Original art by Greta Anne Romelfanger (appeared in the Feb/March 2011 issue of Barista Magazine)
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U.S. Brewers Cup Schedule, Round 1!

Man oh man, has the Brewers Cup competition grown by leaps and bounds in the mere three years it’s been around or what? In the United States, we’ve enjoyed six exciting Regional Brewers Cup competitions this year, which have done nothing but show me how popular and relevant this coffee … Read more →

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