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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.

Barista Mag on Facebook!

When I started my own Facebook page seemingly ages ago, I thought it would be Sarah Allen’s Facebook page, as opposed to Barista Magazine’s Facebook page. But every day, some wonderful barista from some exotic place in the world adds me as their friend, and while I’m thrilled to know … Read more →

Coffee Producers Invade Portland!

How lucky am I? I just spent the whole day tagging along with 11 awesome coffee producers from Costa Rica, Colombia, Kenya, and El Salvador visiting Portland cafes, thanks to an invitation from my pals at Stumptown Coffee. These producers are here in Portland today and tonight for Stumptown’s Producers … Read more →

Good morning, Grand Rapids, Michigan!

If you’re in the Grand Rapids area today or tomorrow, head over to MadCap Coffee for the super slamming barista gathering going on! Trevor from MadCap wrote to tell me about all the awesome people they have lined up for the weekend, including Edwin Martinez of Finca Vista Hermosa, Scott … Read more →

Coffee Fest Seattle: Done and done!

What a weekend in Seattle, Washington, for the 2009 Coffee Fest! The weather was almost too beautiful: us exhibitors wondered if potential attendees would be lured to the lovely outdoors in and around Seattle, rather than the windowless trade show floor. But I guess the array of awesome products on … Read more →

Final Results of the Nordic Roaster

For the second year in a row, Tim Wendelboe took first-place honors at the Nordic Roaster. Here are the rest of the results for the total 10 roasting companies involved in the event. 1st place: Tim Wendelboe, Tekangu, 27 votes 2nd place: Solberg & Hansen, Finca Kilimanjaro, 16 votes 3rd … Read more →

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 →

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