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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.

Best Pizza and Monkey Watching in Town

So I’m back from Costa Rica, catching my breath after what was one of the most jam-packed source trips I’ve ever been on. As I said in earlier posts, this trip was the grand prize to the Nordic Barista Cup winning team, which hailed from Denmark. Along with the four … Read more →

Nordic Barista Cup Hits Costa Rica

Here we all are, in beautiful Costa Rica… After the entire group had assembled in San Jose, Costa Rica, hailing from Denmark, Estonia and the United States on Saturday, we all relaxed for an afternoon at the pool before heading out in our trusty bus for Nacientes Palmichal, a spectacular … Read more →

Crawling forth in 2010…

Well, we’re off to a slow start in coffee news in 2010, which makes sense when you consider how cold most of us are (except you, Australia and New Zealand. Stop rubbing our freezing noses in it). But there are a few things happening of note in the world of … Read more →

Top Cup Challenge: Win Money!

Pacific Natural Foods debuted the Top Cup Challenge at Coffee Fest Seattle last fall, and it was a huge hit! If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the Challenge, however, never fear: it’s taking place at Coffee Fest New Jersey, March 5 and 6, and yes, you can … Read more →

A Truly Remarkable Barista

I happened to cruise by La Marzocco USA‘s blog today, and I’m so glad I did! Gina Palandri of Espresso Partners wrote the most wonderful story about her encounter with a barista named Em. Gina tells the story of an extraordinary woman, who was born with a defect, but through … Read more →

Give a Green Gift to Kenyan Farmers

In an email I received from Diana Roach of ACDI/VOCA,I was thrilled to learn that the organization’s “The Greenest Gift” program has raised $6,000 so far! But there is still a ways to go—the goal is to hit $11,000 in donations by the end of the year. Here’s what it’s … Read more →

Sprudge’s Holiday Gift Guide

I was cruising around Zachary and Jordan’s HI-larious coffee news site, sprudge.com, and I just had to repost something I found there: it is what very well may be the dumbest invention I’ve ever heard of. Seriously? Don’t you run the risk of pouring hot coffee down the back of … Read more →

Sprudge's Holiday Gift Guide

I was cruising around Zachary and Jordan’s HI-larious coffee news site, sprudge.com, and I just had to repost something I found there: it is what very well may be the dumbest invention I’ve ever heard of. Seriously? Don’t you run the risk of pouring hot coffee down the back of … Read more →

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