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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.

Hey Ladies…

We’ve got three amazing women on the cover of the new issue of Barista Magazine, and I want to tell you why we did it. I spent a lot of time talking to Anna, Sarah and Laila about issues facing women in the coffee industry—the conclusions they came to were … Read more →

Big Competition Weekend!

We’re really excited about all the action scheduled to take place this coming weekend, beginning Thursday, Feb. 23. It’s barista competition buzz at its finest! First up: The 2012 Salvadoran Barista Championship, being held in San Salvador. This competition is especially noteworthy because El Salvador is the country from which … Read more →

Dispatches from Chile

A longtime professional and personal friend of Ken’s, mine and Barista Magazine’s, Jose Cleofas Arreola emailed today with some news from the recent Barista Championship of Chile! Jose wrote to tell us that this first ever Barista Championship in Chile was two years in the making, and organized by Davorin … Read more →

What’s up, Southeast?

From everything we can tell about the buzz surrounding the Southeast Regional Barista Competition—which kicks off tomorrow in Atlanta—is this mutha’s gonna be epic! There are 30–count ‘em–30 competitors signed up for this weekend’s Southeast Regional Barista Competition, and they include such heavy hitters as reigning SE Regional Champ, my … Read more →

What’s up, 2012?

Hey hi ho! Welcome to 2012, which we at Barista Magazine can promise is going to be chock full of awesomeness of the coffee variety! One of the big reasons I’m confident in saying that is that I’ve been in a zillion conversations already about how we can make sure … Read more →

Ken, Greece and Out of the Box

Barista Magazine Publisher Ken Olson is headed for Athens, Greece, next week for La Marzocco‘s Out of the Box Athens event! He’s excited. He’s less excited for the 3 layovers he’ll have on the way there and back, but the actual being-in-Greece-checking-out-the-cafe-culture part—that, he’s excited about. This is the first … Read more →

PT’s Coffee Brings Beer & Food Into the Mix

Congratulations are in order for Jeff Taylor and Fred Polzin, founders of PT’s Coffee in Kansas. The duo opens Flying Monkey Handcrafted Brews in Topeka today. The location—at 1500 SW 17th St., just steps away from Washburn University and the inevitable crowd of college coffee and beer lovers—couldn’t be more … Read more →

12 Months of Champions

It’s not like James and Anette are very busy running one of the best specialty coffee companies in the world or anything… I’m sure they were just hemming and hawing about what to do with the loads of free time they had on their hands, and that’s why they embarked … Read more →

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