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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.

They Don't Call it Iceland for Nothing

It’s not like you have to ride polar bears to work in the morning (though that would be freakin awesome), but Iceland is pretty darn cold. When I went to the Nordic Barista Cup in Iceland in 2004, I was actually kind of surprised that it wasn’t colder, but that’s … Read more →

The Coffee Enhancement Lounge

Sarah Dooley and the crew at Visions Espresso in Seattle have done a spectacular job with the Coffee Enhancement Lounge, which I finally got to see in person last weekend when I went to Seattle for a Jam that Sarah had organized in the space. It’s small but super efficient, … Read more →

Coffee Videos Rule!

James Hoffmann’s video diaries have inspired a lot of other coffee videos lately, I think, or perhaps they’ve just inspired me to go looking for other videos. So when you’ve watched all of James’ vids, here are a couple more I really like, and I think you will, too! 2008 … Read more →

Gearing Up for Northwest Jam!

My pal Sarah Dooley — who works with Visions and just completed the amazing Coffee Enhancement Lounge in Seattle — teamed up with some awesome coffee folks like Cam Kellett and Phuong Tran of Lava Java to plan what I’m predicting will be the biggest, baddest barista jam to take … Read more →

Rockin’ the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

Rockin' the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

Off to the Roasters Retreat

Today, I’m headed up to the Skamania Lodge in Washington for the Roasters Guild Retreat, which begins tonight and goes through Sunday. I went to the Roasters Retreat back in 2002, when I was the editor of some other coffee magazine, and it was a lot of fun. It’ll be … Read more →

My latest Guardian article

I sometimes freelance for The Guardian about coffee related issues, and my latest rant, this time on laptop use and free Wi-Fi in cafes, is up HERE. Interestingly, in writing this, I contacted James and Anette at Square Mile to ask about whether this issue is active in London (considering … Read more →

Twin Cities Barista Jam!

I’m so heartened to see more specialty coffee importers getting on the pro barista bandwagon. It’s great to see folks all along the coffee chain appreciating and understanding that professional baristas are playing an enormous role in the present and future of our industry. I’ve said it so many times, … Read more →

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