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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.

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!

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 the Hayes … 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 →

Wild Tamper Story

I love it when people email me with cool, one-of-a-kind stories about something strange and wonderful they did to enhance their experience as a coffee pro. This one’s from Brian Franklin of DoubleShot Coffee Company out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hey Barista Magazine people: Jason (my employee) and I were in … Read more →

Celebrity Sightings in Germany

Forget Cannes—the big celebrities are in Cologne, Germany, this week for the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s Wonderful World of Coffee event, which beings tomorrow and goes through Sunday. If you consider James Hoffmann a bigger star than Michael Cera, or Bjorg Brend a cooler celeb than Angelina, Cologne is … Read more →

Ice It For The Ladies

It’s officially summer, even here in oft-drizzly Portland, Ore., and that means one of my favorite coffee beverages is in heavy rotation again: iced coffee. I just had a slammin’ cup at a new Portland cafe the other day—Red E in North Portland is serving up single origins they feel … Read more →

Coffee Fest Las Vegas—done and done!

Ken and I got back from Las Vegas late last night after a hectic and enjoyable few days in the desert for Coffee Fest Las Vegas and the Millrock Freepour Latte Art Competition, presented by Barista Magazine, Nuova Simonelli, Dillanos, Ghirardelli, and Barista Exchange. There was a lot of fun … Read more →

Pre-party

Because Ken and I never like to be unprepared for any situation, we went to see “The Hangover” yesterday, to make sure we were ready for our trip to Coffee Fest Las Vegas later this week. Man, was this movie a side-splitter. If you have a bawdy, raunchy sense of … Read more →

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