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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.

NBC Welcome Party!

After a long, wonderful and super educational day at the Nordic Roaster, the event wrapped simultaneously with the beginning of the Nordic Barista Cup, in a fun party with beer, hotdogs and spectacular views of Oslo. It was a blast! After everyone had hotdogs—with a Norwegian twist: they were wrapped … Read more →

George Howell lecture: correction

Obviously, George’s lecture today was a little (lot) over my head. He wanted to make sure I made the following point bout silver skin clear: George closed the lecture by discussing the very specific idea of completely removing beans entirely covered in silver skin to replace my original line: George … Read more →

A Busy Afternoon!

By Sarah Allen (Before I begin this post, I’d like to add a clarification from George Howell about my write up on his lecture this morning: My point about the silver skin is that if beans with 90+% silver skin are sorted out, the cup will be far cleaner and … Read more →

George Howell is the Man

I feel very smart right now, thanks to George Howell. I think we all do—his lecture on processing methods this morning was just fascinating. Check out the video Zachary will post soon to watch the lecture in its entirety. I promise you it’s worth it. George knew he was talking … Read more →

Welcome to the Nordic Roaster in Oslo!

Yes, welcome! Oslo, Norway, couldn’t be more beautiful—plenty of sunshne, and leafy trees all turning colors as fall approaches. But as lovely as it is, we’re not here to look at the scenery—we’re here to learn about coffee! Today, Wednesday, September 15, is the first day of what is a … Read more →

Camp Pull-A-Shot… for FREE??

We’ve been talking a lot about Camp Pull-A-Shot, the Barista Guild of America’s first annual retreat, which will take place October 18–21 at the beautiful El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, California. This event—which will feature incredible educational opportunities for baristas of all skill levels, as well as the kind … Read more →

Barista Comp Stuff

Just heard from Marcus Boni about a few things concerning the 2011 Regional Barista Competitions schedule and new costs. Most important thing to note is that NO regionals will take place until 2011 — there’s been a rumor that the Northwest Regional Barista Competition will be taking place at Coffee … Read more →

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