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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.

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 →

Aussies Online

Hey State-siders: did your date for Saturday night cancel? No problem! You’ve got better things to do with your time anyway! Like watch the Finals of the Australian Barista Champonship live online! The winner gets a free koala bear! Just kidding. . So anyway, you get to not just watch … Read more →

Cheers to Greg Lefcourt, new Mountain Regional Champ!

From the looks of things on the awesome Mountain Regional Barista Competition (MRBC) blog, the latest regional to take place, held in Thornton, Colorado, and graciously hosted by Allegro Coffee, was a hit! Big congratulations to Greg Lefcourt, of Ozo Coffee Co., in Boulder, who won top honors. The photo … Read more →

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