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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.

A Crazy Night in Reykjavik, NBC Style…

It’s impossible to put into words what a Gala Dinner and after party at a Nordic Barista Cup event is like… you just have to experience one yourself (which is a big hint that you should prepare yourself to attend the 2010 NBC in Oslo, Norway, in September of next … Read more →

Nordic Barista Cup by the Numbers

You may wonder how the five teams in the Nordic Barista Cup are scored? Well, they are evaluated on team spirit and enthusiasm, coffee knowledge and abilities and finally, the amount of money each team raised at the Public Day for the charity project, Manos Abiertas, which is a nonprofit … Read more →

NBC Auction a Huge Success!

There are countless extraordinary items for auction here, from original artwork by Reykjavik artists, to dates with members of the smokin hot Swedish Barista Team, to a six-foot high pyramid of coffee cups, to the famous—or infamous?—goat trophy that Klaus won in 2006 at the World Barista Championship in Bern, … Read more →

Into the Iceland Wild

This place is SO lovely, so deep in the woods, but we are hardly roughing it: the cabins we’re staying in today for our second night are absolutely beautiful, with hot tubs and a bar, of course! Here are some images from this morning, walking around our area…

Nordic Barista Cup of Excellence

It’s a special treat to have Susie Spindler of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) and the Cup of Excellence (CoE) here in Iceland. While the members of the five Nordic barista teams are an accomplished and educated group—many are barista champions and skilled cuppers—some may not have previous experience … Read more →

Good Morning NBC!

After some much needed sleep last night, everyone is raring to go this morning, as day number one of the 2009 Nordic Barista Cup (NBC) begins! You would hardly believe it’s just 8 in the morning, as spirits are high and latte art is being poured. Here’s the scoop: while … Read more →

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