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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.

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 →

Screening: Colombia, in Portland

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which is based here in Portland, Ore., is known for the stunning films it’s had created of source trips through Africa, Central and South America. Trevor Fife, who—along with Autumn Campbell—has created these films, which I consider some of the best and brightest ever to be made … Read more →

Barista Nation NW Raises Money for CARE

There are so many reasons why I love Barista Nation, the traveling one-day coffee conference and workshop session organized by Anastasia Chovan of Unic. Barista Nation has been held to great success in Minneapolis, Vancouver, B.C., and is set—with a capacity crowd—to make coffee history on November 10 in Woodinville, … Read more →

Out of the Box Milano!

I am happily in Milan, Italy, to attend and participate in La Marzocco’s Out of the Box event in Milan, which is being held in conjunction with that big mammoth of a trade show, HOST. They have been busy times today and yesterday in Milano, with the biggest foodservice trade … Read more →

The Artist in You

I love that the coffee community is full of artists and musicians and writers. And I love the fact that you are not only celebrated for your diversity, but often called upon to lend your artist bent to a cause… here are two we’re excited about. 1. One of our … Read more →

Help Emily Knit Her Way To Camp!

Emily Jackson is a barista and trainer for Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters in Olympia, Wash., and Emily really, really wants to go to Camp. We’re talking about Camp Pull-A-Shot, the Barista Guild of America’s annual retreat where coffee professionals come together to further their bar skills, build community, share … Read more →

Stumptown Photo Contest!

Our friends at Stumptown Coffee are hosting a cool contest right now on Facebook that you should totally check out and enter! Deadline is October 16, so get on it NOW! Here are the details: Welcome to the Stumptown Facebook photo contest. We invite you to submit your unique perspective … Read more →

A Great Barista, Lost

Brian Fairbrother—one of the longest-time barista fixtures in Seattle—died on Thursday after sustaining head injuries in a bike accident that occurred on August 30. A barista with Vivace since 1989, Brian was beloved by many, from both the industry and consuming side of specialty coffee, and will be sorely missed. … Read more →

In Moscow!

For the third year in a row, residents of Moscow, as well as Russians from far and wide, are gathering in Red Square for the Spasskaya Tower Festival, which kicks off today and continus through September 4. For the first time coffee is playing a big role in this end-of-summer … Read more →

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