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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.

Blogging the WBC

At the 2009 World Barista Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, next week (April 16–19), Barista Magazine will once again be blogging in detail about the event. For the past two years — in Tokyo in 2007, and in Copenhagen in 2008 — Barista Magazine has provided up-to-the-minute coverage of each and … Read more →

Africa Project by Elle Bernert

Meet Elle Bernert, the 13-year-old daughter of Barista Magazine’s art director, Jessica. We’ve known Ellie ever since we hired Jessica’s design firm, Pail Design, to art direct Barista Magazine beginning in 2005, and Ellie has grown into a mature and poised girl during those years. She’s just a cool kid. … Read more →

Meet Gwilym!

For the third year in a row, Square Mile Coffee Roasters will be represented at the World Barista Championship as the coffee of choice of the UK Barista Champion—good news for all of us friends of owners James and Anette, as it means they will be in Atlanta for the … Read more →

Win a Pass to SCAA!

Our friend, Luis Rodriguez, of Cafe de El Salvador, is offering up a bunch of free passes to the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s conference next month, where the 10th Annual World Barista Championship (WBC) will be held! The conference and WBC are in Atlanta April 16–20. All you have … Read more →

Mike Phillips is hella cooler than Jimmy Fallon

I thought it would be the best episode of Oprah ever since not only would Mike Phillips, newly crowned 2009 USBC champ, be featured, but so would the two dudes who saved Christian the Lion! But it seems Mike was bumped from today’s show… for Jimmy Fallon? Yeah, he was … Read more →

Rwanda Barista Championship

I was so stoked to get to travel to Kigali, Rwanda, last month to attend the East African Fine Coffee Association conference and also lend a hand to Sanders and Shane in the production of the first ever Rwanda Barista Championship. I’ll have an article with photos about it in … Read more →

Some USBC scene shots…

You can tune in to watch the live feed from the United States Barista Championship here, but here are some photos from around the room… Here’s the table you see when ypu first come in, where you can pick up a free USBC program. . Trophies by Reg. This is … Read more →

USBC is here!

Ken and I just got back to the office from the Oregon Convention Center, where we dropped off the official USBC programs that Barista Magazine made, as the media sponsor of the United States Barista Championship. You can read it online by clicking the cover at Barista Magazine’s homepage, or … Read more →

Busy Days

Wow, these have been some busy recent weeks for all of us, including the crew here at Barista Magazine. I just returned from a two-week trip in Africa where I attended the first-ever Rwanda Barista Championship and visited the farm, Songwa, in Tanzania that is being operated by La Marzocco, … Read more →

Official USBC Website is UP!

Check it out here. And get your poking stick ready because open registration begins on February 4! In what looks to be some of the busiest days in U.S. barista competition history, we still have four regional competitions to go before the United States Barista Championship kicks off March 5 … Read more →

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