Author Archives: 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.


Water Avenue Coffee Grows Into Stylish New Roasting Digs

One of Portland’s most beloved specialty-coffee roasters, Water Avenue Coffee, expands into new roasting space Barista Magazine has always enjoyed a great relationship with Bruce and Matt Milletto, dating back to when Ken and I first got enmeshed in the Pacific Northwest’s coffee scene in 2002. We’ve loved seeing their … Read more →


SCAA Cancels Regional Barista Competitions

Why we’re gravely disappointed in the SCAA’s decision to eliminate regional barista competitions—and the method by which they made the announcement BY SARAH ALLEN, EDITOR BARISTA MAGAZINE The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) announced today that regional barista competitions will cease to exist beginning with the 2016 competition year. … Read more →

He's so nice! He's so smart!

2015 WBC Finalist #6: Ben Put, Canada

We may be in the United States, but we’re pretty far north—almost to Canada, you might say. But given the size and level of enthusiasm of the crowd gathered here in Seattle to cheer for Ben Put of Monogram Coffee, the Barista Champion of Canada, I can safely assume that … Read more →


2015 WBC Finalist #5: Chan Kwun Ho, Hong Kong

If Chan’s performance seems a little familiar, you’re not alone: he works for Kapo, the owner of the Cupping Room in Hong Kong. Kapo was the second-place finisher at the WBC in 2014. He’s using Cerro Azul Geisha, which Kapo used last year, which was roasted by Andy Sprenger of … Read more →


2015 WBC Finalist #4: Sasa Sestic, Australia

True confession: I was unfamiliar with Sasa Sestic until he won the Australian Barista Championship four weeks ago. But thanks to my pal Shanny Sena, a barista and cafe owner in Melbourne, I got up to speed quickly. Here are some things you have to know about Sasa: 1) He … Read more →


2015 WBC Finalist #2: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, United Kingdom

Swoon: I love Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (I think I even told him that after a couple of beers at a party the other night). He’s the consummate professional, he’s a walking definition of the quintessential charming Brit, he’s terribly droll, he’s exceptionally nice. He’s just one of those really good people. … Read more →

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