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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.

Farm visit in Indonesia

10 Minutes With Tony Tan

Tony Tan Owner Tony Coffee Workshop Singapore & Roasting and barista trainer in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, & Singapore.   What other coffee jobs have you had? Roaster at Highlander Coffee Singapore, Head Barista for the Les Amis Group of 12 restaurants, cafes, patisseries. What’s your favorite part about working in … Read more →

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Training for Barista Trainers TODAY

When Ben Jones of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee in Olympia, Wash., suggested the idea of putting together a training event for barista trainers and educators, I was so excited to have Barista Magazine participate. So were the leaders in the Northwest coffee community to whom Ben reached out: Laila Ghambari … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Terika Raak

Terika Raak Manager Caffe Ladro, Capitol Hill location Seattle, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? I first started in coffee about 10 years ago as a barista at the Nordstrom Espresso Bar in the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Washington. I worked there during summer and holiday breaks while … Read more →

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Support the Coffee Documentary, “Drip”!

There are just a few more days in the #30DaysOfEspresso campaign that the filmmakers behind “Drip” have going on Kickstarter! The campaign officially ends on April 2. With a goal of $50,000, they’re just over $10,000 short. This film is totally worth supporting, guys! Described as “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” … Read more →

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University Catering Organization Hosts On-Campus Barista Competition

How cool is this? The University Caterers Organisation—or, TUCO—in the UK holds its own barista competiton to keep baristas in university coffee jobs excited—that’s so awesome! The second annual Barista Skills Challenge found competitors preparing four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four signature drinks for judges—sound familiar? Sure, it’s the same … Read more →

In the coffee lab

10 Minutes With Yannis Apostolopoulos

Yannis Apostolopoulos Business and Sales Development Director W.S. Karoulias S.A. Athens, Greece & Member of the Board Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) Chelmsford UK   What other coffee jobs have you had? Surprisingly enough, this is my first coffee job. What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? Coffee … Read more →

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Ben Helfen’s Legacy: ATL TNT Turns 6!

Even though it might seem to some younger baristas that Thursday Night Throwdowns have been around forever, they’re relatively young. In fact, they only began six years ago! It was Ben Helfen and M’lissa Muckerman who started the Thursday Night Throwdown concept at Octane Coffee, where they both worked at … Read more →

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