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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.

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 →

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 →

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