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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.

This could be you! In Iceland!

Oh, those darned Icelanders! Always reminding us how freakin awesome their little country is! Yes, I know you have the coolest horses and the prettiest landscape and the nicest people. Blah blah blah. Thank goodness we have a work-related reason to go visit soon! THE NORDIC BARISTA CUP 2009! The … Read more →

Photos from my Tanzania trip

Barista Magazine’s newly redesigned website includes a cool feature called “Media,” where we are posting extended slideshows from interesting trips that our staff takes. Hopefully it will also include short videos in the future (I’ll be recording some scenes from the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence next week, and hopefully Mac’s … Read more →

iCoffee

Ah, the iPhone… not since the Starbucks to-go cups were introduced to tweens has a better buy-on-demand-status-symbol been introduced. They make you look cool when you’re chillin with your homies at WalMart! And hey, they can be pretty useful, too! Case in point: Back in my days as a cub … Read more →

A Message to Baristas Around the World

We’re super excited about the efforts being made by the Barista Guild of America of late to make the organization stronger, better, more useful, and more effective. The new executive council has pledged its commitment to baristas around the world—hallalujah! And let’s make one thing clear: never mind that “of … Read more →

Need design? Get Pail!

We have been fortunate to work with the talented and delightful Jessica Bernert of Pail Design ever since Barista Magazine’s first year of publication—and now we’re four! She’s been with us a long time, and she and her company have played a major role in shaping the way Barista Magazine … Read more →

2009 WBC Ranking Order

Finals Round 1 Gwilym Davies, UK, 623 2 Sammy Piccolo, Canada, 619.5 3 Michael Phillips, United States, 618.5 4 Colin Harmon, Ireland, 572 5 Lee Jong Hoon, Korea, 542 6 Attila Molnar, Hungary, 535.5 Preliminary Round 1 Michael Phillips, USA, 670.5 2 Sammy Piccolo, Canada, 637.5 3 Gwilym Davies, UK, … Read more →

Another WBC Down…

I’m sitting in my pajamas at home in Portland, Oregon, readjusting to Pacific Daylight Time and enjoying the company of my dog and cat after a week in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 10th World Barista Championship and SCAA Conference. It’s good to be home. Still, I can’t stop thinking of … Read more →

INTRODUCING THE WORLD BARISTA CHAMPION OF 2009…

Congratulations to the Barista Champion of the United Kingdom GWILYM DAVIES!!!!!!! I’m so excited that I didn’t even hear how many points he had. 2nd place: 619.5 points, Canada, Sammy Piccolo 3rd place: 618.5 points, United States of America, Michael Phillips 4th place: 572 points, Ireland, Colin Harmon 5th place: … Read more →

Finalist #6: IRELAND

World Barista Championship FINALIST #6 COLIN HARMON OF IRELAND One year and one day ago, Colin started his first barista job. That is to say, ne year ago, he didn’t know how to turn an espresso machine on. He as a trustee officer for a financial institution, and he realized … Read more →

Finalist #5: United Kingdom

World Barista Championship FINALIST #5 GWILYM DAVIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM Gwilym is a chilled out British dude who lives on a boat in London with his dog. He has two coffee carts, and he’s made friends with the good people at Square Mile Coffee—that would be James and Anette … Read more →

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