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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.

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 →

Nordic Barista Cup Begins! And More Coffee Events to Come!

One of our favorite events of the year is the 3-day no-holds-barred Scandinavian throwdown called the Nordic Barista Cup, which kicked off this morning in Copenhagen, Denmark. The event finds five Nordic teams of baristas—hailing from Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland—battling it out in a series of intense, intellectual, … Read more →

Barista Nation—That Means YOU!

If you haven’t yet registered for the incredibly cool, highly educational and super community building event that is Barista Nation British Columbia, do it now! Held on September 13 in Richmond, B.C. (just outside of gorgeous Vancouver, B.C.), Barista Nation is a completely free, one-day event for baristas, cafe owners … Read more →

Summer Jam

Back when I was a music critic for The Oakland Tribune in the San Francisco Bay Area, there was an annual concert in August at the Concord Pavilion that I would inevitably have to review called Summer Jam, and I dreaded it. Though it actually has a tempting kitch feel … Read more →

Le Papier.

So we just got our office copies of the new issue of Barista Magazine (August/September issue, featuring the handsome Alejandro Mendez on the cover), and we’re pretty excited. Of course, that’s much in part due to the content of the issue, which we think is pretty fly — educational articles … Read more →

Cupping in Brazil

Today was the first official day of our origin adventure with Cafe Imports in Salvador, Brazil. We met early to make coffee by the pool, then piled onto what we have dubbed the party bus to head to BBC Cafe Gourmet, Silvio’s roasting company. It was a cool operation! A … Read more →

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