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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.

La Marzocco Out of the Box, NYC

This just happened. We were bummed that we couldn’t be there in person for the New York installment of La Marzocco’s awesome Out of the Box events, but we were there in spirit—well, in sponsor spirit. Yes, Barista Magazine was a sponsor, and this pretty lady was our on-the-ground rep: … Read more →

Iced Coffee Month in New York? Coffee Art in Oslo?

In today’s coffee news…. Jeremy from New York City’s Birch Coffee writes to tell us that, even though there are such decalred national commemorations as Turkey Lover’s Month, Soul Food Month, and even National Catfish Month, he’s not finding any mention of an Iced Coffee Month. And in blistering New … Read more →

Good Times in Minneapolis

I just got back from Coffee Fest Minneapolis, and had a great ol’ time with the fun coffee people out there. Here are some shots from the weekend. And please go to Barista Magazine’s Facebook page for many more photos! Now please go to Barista Magazine’s Facebook page for even … Read more →

My industry has let me down.

Philip Jolley, owner of El Capitan Espresso, San Bruno, Calif., sent me this essay, and I wanted to share it…Thanks for taking the time to put these thoughts into words, Phil. —Sarah MY INDUSTRY HAS LET ME DOWN When I opened my espresso kiosk five years ago, I knew nothing … Read more →

Jam in Metro Detroit

Tom Isaia from Coffee Expresso Co., in Plymouth, Michigan, wrote to me a few weeks ago to tell me about a jam he was putting together in the metro Detroit area, and I asked if he wouldn’t mind getting back to me to let me know how it all went. … Read more →

What’s Up, Ottawa?

Just got this nice email from Laura Perry, a Barista Magazine reader and barista/coffee fanatic, who wanted to tell me about a fun event that she and friends from other coffeehouses had recently. Great photos, too! Hey guys! Wanted to write in and let you guys know what’s been happening … Read more →

Pacific Foods Sets a Great Example

We were excited to hear that our friends (and neighbors, since the company is just a few miles from Portland), Pacific Natural Foods recently earned praise for its deeply rooted commitment to sustainable business practices and shared annual results of its ongoing efforts. Way to go, Pacific Foods! The family-owned … Read more →

Latte Art Bracket!

Coffee Fest will introduce a new bracket-style format at the Coffee Fest Minneapolis event, entitled the New World Latte Art Competition—this is going to be so much fun! Coffee Fest Minneapolis will take place June 3–5. For more details, go HERE. While the roster is full for the Minneapolis competition, … Read more →

Gearing Up for the SCAE & WBC!

I was talking to Jo from Beyond the Bean the other day, and I said, “I’m so looking forward to seeing you in London at the Caffe Culture/SCAE show and the World Barista Championship—in just a little more than a month!” And she had a little panic attack. While we’re … Read more →

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