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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.

The Place to Be at SCAA—Roasted & Toasted Party!

Barista Magazine is super excited to be one of the four sponsors of what is sure to be THE party going down in history during this year’s SCAA show in Houston! Mike and Rachelle McKim of Cuvee Coffee—which is the amazing host of this incredible gala—have thought of absolutely everything: … Read more →

Counter Culture Opens in Chi-Town

Counter Culture Coffee just opened a new regional training center in Chicago! This is pretty awesome. As anyone seasoned in the coffee industry knows, there’s a ton of growth in the Great Lakes region of the United States, and the addition of CCC just makes the opportunity for further development … Read more →

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Barista Nation!

Recently, our dear friend, and longtime coffee industry veteran, Anastasia Chovan—who heads up marketing for Unic—was excited to tell me about a new event for coffee professionals that Unic was helping to get off the ground: Barista Nation. Just from the name, I loved it already. Inspired by the coffee … Read more →

NERBC—Last Regional before the USBC!

Tomorrow will be a momentous day—the start of the final Regional Barista Competition (RBC) of 2011, leading up to the United States Barista Championship (USBC) in Houston April 28–May 1! I won’t say we saved the best for last with the Northeast Regional Barista Competition (NERBC)—set to kick off tomorrow, … Read more →

South Central Regional in Full Effect!

It’s the second-to-last Regional Barista Competition of 2011—that means we’re really close to the United States Barista Championship! And the states represented in the South Central Regional are home to some of the best baristas in the country, so this weekend’s competition—which kicked off today in St. Louis, Missouri—are very … Read more →

Japanese Latte Art Championship

I’m happy to share some good news from Japan. This competition took place before the incredibly tragic earthquake and tsunami last week, of course. Mr. Ueno from Japan emailed Richard from Espresso Supply these photos, and I’m happy to be able to share them here with our readers. Cheers to … Read more →

Bravo, AnneStine, and More Competitions!

I was excited to read that our friends at The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark, had coffee used by not one, not two, but all three of the top three finishers in the Danish Barista Championship this past weekend in Århus. The winner was AnneStine Bae, who came in second … Read more →

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