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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.

Great Latte Art Competition Video!

So everyone in the coffee industry is pretty used to mainstream media over simplifying the coffee story—so I was pretty stoked to see this video from Evening Magazine today. David from Coffee Fest forwarded it to me. It’s great! Well, once you get past the chipper opening… Alex Negranza, Andrew … Read more →

Hey Berkeley!

What’s up, Berkeley (and larger Bay Area) coffee peeps? Got plans for this Friday night? Well, now you do! One of my favorite newish cafes in the Bay Area is Local 123. I went for a visit with my dad last time I was down in Berkeley visiting my parents, … Read more →

TriestEspresso!

While we were at Coffee Fest Seattle, one of Italy’s most famous coffee shows—TriestEspresso—was taking place on the other side of the world, in Trieste, Italy, to be exact. I was lucky enough to visit Trieste back in 2004 for the World Barista Championship, so I can testify that it’s … Read more →

Coffee Fest Seattle!

We’re still reeling from a wonderful show in Seattle this past weekend, in the form of the always busy and fun Coffee Fest Seattle. This year’s installment was even busier than ever—seriously, when I talked to fellow exhibitors, everyone agreed that the traffic was much better than in years past—and … Read more →

What Inspires Us

A NOTE FROM RHODE ISLAND… I had an email in my inbox from a woman, Holley Badger, whom I met in Rhode Island a few weeks ago when I was attending the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast (MANE) Artisan Coffee Conference. Holley works at Blue State Coffee, right on the campus of Brown University … Read more →

Camp Pull-A-Shot Video…

Jason Dominy, incoming Prez of the Barista Guild of America Executive Council, created this lovely and fun video that recaps the Camp Pull-A-Shot experience pretty awesomely. Thanks, Jason! Camp Pull-A-Shot 2010. What Did You Like Best About Camp? from Jason Dominy on Vimeo.

Barista Camp: A Huge Success!

I just got back to Portland from the first annual Barista Guild of America Camp Pull-A-Shot—and what an amazing experience it was! I do apologize for not being able to blog throughout the event. Maybe lack of internet was annoying, but if that’s the only problem we really encountered during … Read more →

Baristas Working and Playing in Peru

Sustainable Harvest’s annual event, Let’s Talk Coffee—which brings together roasters, producers and baristas in a coffee growing country—kicks off in just a few days! But some hard-working coffee professionals are already in this year’s focus country—Peru—working, and playing, hard. Here are the details… What: Ten world-champion baristas travel to the … Read more →

Sanford Bledsoe, You’re Going to Camp!

That’s right, folks, the winner is Sanford (Sandy) Bledsoe of Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a whopping 324 votes! 1,149 votes total were submitted for our Camp Pull-A-Shot video contest, in which 11 baristas from all over the United States submitted videos to be considered by you, the coffee public and … Read more →

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