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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.

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 →

Stumptown Makes History (Again)

The great folks at Stumptown have supported our efforts with Barista Magazine since day one—I remember way back in 2004 when I first told Stumptown owner Duane Sorenson about wanting to start a magazine for baristas, and he assured me it was a great idea. His confidence in our idea—which … Read more →

Big Season Ahead for Barista Nation

It’s hard to believe that the industry’s most progressive coffee event—Barista Nation—is only in its second year. The non profit organization, which is the brainchild of industry vet Anastasia Chovan, has enjoyed successful workshops and community building events in Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., Tokyo, and more already, … Read more →

Barista Champs To Take Over Red Square!

      For the second year in a row, Soyuz Coffee Roasting (SCR) will host National Barista Champions during the annual Spasskaya Tower international military music festival in a feature area called the Specialty Coffee Show Starring Barista Champions. Appearing September 1–4: • Raul Rodas, Guatemala, 2012 World Barista … Read more →

Barista Champion of Korea: Youn Joo Yu

Everyone makes mistakes, but we were dismayed to see a big one we made in the new issue of Barista Magazine: we ran the wrong photo in the World Barista Championship ‘yearbook’ spread in the August/September issue for the Barista Champion of Korea. All 50 of the baristas representing their … Read more →

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