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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.

A Great Weekend in New York City

Just got back to the Barista Mag offices in Portland, Ore., after a wonderful weekend in New York for Coffee Fest. I have to be honest: I wasn’t as excited as I usually am for Coffee Fest: we’ve just been slammed at work lately, putting the finishing touches on our … Read more →

Café Imports Introduces Process-Specific Cupping Standards

  In response to the overwhelming popularity of alternatively processed coffees in the specialty coffee industry, Café Imports has developed groundbreaking cupping standards for use in evaluating these special coffees. These cupping standards—available for Washed, Natural, Wet-Hulled, Brazil, and Decaf—are the first of their kind in the world. Not only that, Café … Read more →

Marathoning for Coffee Kids

There’ll be a lot going on in Boston in the middle of April — the opening games of the Boston Red Sox, for one thing. But in terms of worldwide events, there are two that particularly stand out in our minds: The Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Conference and Expo, … Read more →

Report from the IWCA in Guatemala

When my friend, Ginger Gerhart of Ghirardelli, told me she was going to Guatemala for the International Women in Coffee Alliance’s (IWCA) annual conference, I asked if she wouldn’t mind sending me some photos and news of the event to share with Barista Magazine‘s faithful blog readers—and she did! Thank … Read more →

Tonight in Seattle: TNT!

If you’re headed to Seattle for the Northwest Regional Barista Competition & Brewers Cup event Friday through Sunday, just get in your car now and come a day early: you don’t want to miss what will be a most epic Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) hosted by La Marzocco! The shizz … Read more →

I’m In Linea-Love with You

When Whitney Cornell of La Marzocco first told me about the Linea Love concept that the company was launching to promote the next generation Linea, which will debut at the SCAA show in Boston on April 12, I got all weepy. (Official blog post from La Marzocco HERE) I’ve had … Read more →

Northwest Regional Barista Comp & Brewers Cup OFFICIAL SCHEDULE

Hey homies! Can you believe the Northwest Regional Barista Competition is this weekend? Holy tamales! We’re so excited. Our intrepid field reporter Michelle Foster has been sending us chronicles from previous regionals, the Southeast and Big Central, and Sarah will be in Seattle for the Northwest Regional, and Ken heads … Read more →

Big Central Barista Comp and Brewers Cup Winners!

Michelle Foster, who is a regular contributor to Barista Magazine, was at the Big Central Regional Barista Competition this weekend in Kansas City. Besides writing about the event for the April/May issue of our magazine, Michelle sent some photos of the finishers along to share. So here I am, sharing. … Read more →

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