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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.

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 →

US Barista Championship Final Standings

(Want a visual? Check out the 150+ photos from the USBC and SCAA Anaheim show that I just uploaded to Barista Mag’s Facebook Fan Page!) FINALS ROUND 1 Michael Phillips, Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, Illinois. SCORE: 701.5 2 Chris Baca, Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, California. SCORE: 671.5 3 Devin Pedde, … Read more →

La Marzocco iPhone App

Check it—La Marzocco’s new iPhone app is FUN! This 100% free app offers info about La Marzocco’s distributors around the world, La Marzocco equipment, news, new technology, and of course, gives access to the La Marzocco blog. This is how you get it: 1) Search for “La Marzocco App” on … Read more →

Your 2010 USBC Finalists…

Man, that was intense! This was by far the most crazy good group of semifinalists that the United States Barista Championship has ever seen! So you can be sure these six finalists — who won their elite spots from a pool of 25 semifinalists — are gonna bring it tomorrow … Read more →

Lots of Fun in Anaheim

Things are rockin and rollin here in Anaheim, where a few thousand of the most awesome coffee people in the world are gathered to reconnect, do business and drink some seriously great brews. But let’s recap last night, cause it was a doozy. Ken attended Arianna Huffington’s keynote speech (I … Read more →

USBC and SCAA begin!

It’s hard to believe that the SCAA show here in Anaheim hasn’t even started yet, given how busy the past few days have already been down here in Anaheim. No, we didn’t get distracted by Disneyland (though the nightly fireworks outside of our hotel room — some of which are … Read more →

Off we go to Anaheim!

Ken and I are busy busy busy getting ready for the myriad events surrounding the Specialty Coffee Association of America show this week in Anaheim, California. Most exciting, of course, will be the United States Barista Championship (USBC), which will find so many elite baristas in one ring, we can … Read more →

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