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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.

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This by January Vawter, barista extraordinaire for Blend in PDX, originally posted to Barista Exchange. I’m finishing some editing and then hitting the road! Here’s to hoping it doesn’t take forever in traffic. But of course, it’s sure to be faster than the route Stephen and Alex took: through Eastern … Read more →

Big Changes for Jon Lewis

I love this photo of Jon, which I took when I was in Idaho visiting him and reporting on him for the August/September 2007 cover feature in Barista Magazine. It’s taken at the precarious dock outside of the barn in which he and his friend, Malcolm, roasted coffee for their … Read more →

This is How They Do it in Indy

Specialty coffee in Indianapolis? Yeah, you heard me. Because of people like the awesome BJ Davis, owner of B-Java Coffee & Tea, specialty coffee lovin’ is on the rise in Indy. It’s so popular, in fact, that the Indianapolis Star newspaper has an annual coffee issue, and even had the … Read more →

Barista Bash in Charlotte!

Our friend, Jason Dominy, who is the director of training and knowledge for Dilworth Coffee in Charlotte, N.C., is getting super pumped for his company’s event this weekend, November 7–9! The learnin’ part will be an SCAA Skill Building Workshop led by Ellie Matuszak, and the partyin’ part will be … Read more →

Sweden & El Salvador

Two of our favorite countries have been the focus of the last week and also this week: Five wonderful friends from Sweden came to Portland to spend three days exploring the coffee culture of our fair city last week with yours truly playing tour guide, and this week, Ken is … Read more →

Who's this dude?

If you haven’t ever met him, let me introduce you to Mike White. Mike—of Gimme! Coffee in New York, is the cover boy in the new issue of Barista Magazine, our October/November pub. I’m still catching up on stuff since getting back from a long trip in Colombia. But better … Read more →

Last days in Colombia

Yesterday morning (that is, Monday morning), we checked out of the fancy Decameron resort in Armenia and a small group of us hopped on a bus bound for the farm La Rochela located in the Trujilla Valle, about 3 hours from Armenia. From the moment we got there, we knew … Read more →

Last Official Day of LTC

Today is the last day of the Let’s Talk Coffee event in Colombia — it’s been a heck of a time. Tomorrow—Monday—Chris Baca and I will go visit a farm called La Rochella that’s about 3 hours from here (Armenia). We’ll spend the night on the farm, which should be … Read more →

LTCBC!

That means “Let’s Talk Coffee Barista Championship”—holla! We just wrapped up the 1st annual LTCBC, with 6 sets of barista teams preparing 4 espressos and 4 cappuccinos with latte art for each of 4 sets of 2-person judges. It was so much fun! Here’s the winning team: And here’s the … Read more →

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