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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.

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 →

Get Your Geek On

Last week, I went to the American Barista & Coffee School here in Portland, Ore., to see a presentation done by Vince Fedele of the George Howell Coffee Company (GHCC), about ExtractMoJo, a brewing control solution software that won Best New Product at this year’s SCAA conference. Mr. Fedele, who … Read more →

Coffee t-shirts… literally.

One thing those of us in the specialty coffee industry both love and are never in short supply of are coffee t-shirts. I attribute this to the fact that coffee folks tend to be creative and stylish, and they like seeing their friends wear their designs. Plus, it can seem … Read more →

Blue Bottle Stars in VendrTV Segment!

[bliptv guwVgY%2BoeJOYWg%2Em4v] One of the hottest and most delicious topics du jour is food carts, and VendrTV makes a practice out of traveling the country to showcase some of the very best ones. This week, the guys at VendrTV found their way to Blue Bottle Coffee’s original kiosk location in … Read more →

A Letter from Honduras

Our friend, Ana Lucía Lardizabal de Hawit, 2008 Barista Champion of Honduras, wrote me an email today regarding Ken’s post about the coup in Honduras from a few days ago. Here is what she has to say about the situation from an on-the-ground perspective… Hello Sarah. I hope you are … Read more →

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