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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.

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 →

The Colin Harmon Interview Uncut

As we put the finishing touches on the February/March 2013 issue of Barista Magazine, I find I’m not ready to say goodbye to December/January 2013 issue cover-boy Colin Harmon just yet. We received quite a few letters from our readers that were laden with thanks for giving this Irish barista … Read more →

Barista Nation San Francisco, next month!

Doesn’t that sound nice? It certainly does to anyone trapped in the snow or cold rain of other parts of the country, as the San Francisco Bay Area is famous for its temperate winter weather. But for the coffee crowd, San Francisco shines for a whole host of reasons. Not … Read more →

Good Food Awards Coffee Finalists Announced!

Drumroll please! The finalists in the category of coffee of the annual Good Food Awards have been announced! The 100 winners (in all categories, including coffee) will be announced in a 400-person black tie Ceremony at the San Francisco Ferry Building ($95) on January 18, 2013, followed by a 15,000-person … Read more →

Upcoming Regional Barista Competitions!

We’re still waiting to hear what the plan is for our barista friends in the Northeast region, who had their regional postponed due to the terrible Hurricane Sandy event in early November. But the Specialty Coffee Association of America is working hard to secure a new date and location. Meanwhile, … Read more →

Barista Nation Texas, y’all! November 5

On the heels of Barista Nation’s super successful European debut in Paris a few weeks ago, comes Barista Nation Texas—yeehaw! Barista Nation founder and head-hot-mama Anastasia Chovan says that registration was buzzing as soon as the announcement of the event was made, but there is still room for baristas far … Read more →

Memories of Moscow

I can’t believe it’s almost time for me to head back to Portland, Ore. — my flight leaves on Thursday morning, and by air travel magic, I return to Portland a few hours later on Thursday evening. I have been here in Moscow only 4 days. but it feels like … Read more →

Coffee Mania Moscow!

Day two (for me anyway—I’m here in Moscow for the last half of team one’s adventure, and the beginning half of team two’s), anyway, so day two began with sunshine! These Latin baristas—Raul, Daniel,, Alejandro, I’m talking to you—as well as the Italian—were having some trouble with the cold yesterday. … Read more →

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