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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.

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 →

Livin’ the Dream

I write to you today from sunny, beautiful Salvador in Brazil… ah, paradise… our hosts on this magical origin trip—Cafe Imports—have set us up nicely: we’re staying at a beachside resort, newlywed style. Yeah, this’ll do… After a nerve-wracking layover in Miami, when Sam Purvis (NW Regional Barista Champ, Coava … Read more →

A Study in Celebrating!

Case Study cafe is a cozy and delightful coffeehouse really close to Barista Magazine’s offices. That means that we’d go there anyway for good coffee, even if the atmosphere sucked. But it doesn’t! It’s a really nice place to be, and has served as a backdrop to many an art … Read more →

Fireworks are Stupid!

Ken and I thought we had it bad last night on the 4th of July when the constant barrage of fireworks put us on edge for hours, worrying that Barista Magazine Staff Pets would be OK with the hub-bub. But our friend Billy Wilson, who owns two cafes by the … Read more →

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