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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.

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 →

Coffee Safari in Uganda

We all know that the best coffees rarely stay for consumption in the countries that produce them—when they can fetch higher prices from buyers in richer parts of the world like the United States, Europe and Japan, the highest quality coffee beans are almost never kept and savored by the … Read more →

Tragedy in Washington: Four Police Officers Slain at Coffeehouse

I’ve come to know some of the enthusiastic baristas who work at Forza, a local chain of cafes in Washington, through their participation in the Millrock Latte Art Competitions. Theirs are faces I’m always excited to see coming back to the competition—these baristas get better and better every time, and … Read more →

Bikes to Rwanda T-shirts: A Great Holiday Gift!

After a quiet year of administrative organization, Bikes to Rwanda is back and ready to be better and more successful than ever in 2010! I’m part of the steering committee that met on Tuesday to discuss plans to hire a new Executive Director (check back here, on the Stumptown Coffee … Read more →

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