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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.


Report from Estonia: Roaster Guild of Europe Camp Debuts

First Roaster Guild of Europe Camp is happening in Pärnu, Estonia right now More than 200 coffee professionals from around the world—primarily Europe—are gathered in the coastal hamlet of Pärnu, Estonia, this week for the inaugural Roaster Guild of Europe Camp. The event began on Thursday, October 6, and concludes … Read more →


2016 WBC Finalist #6: Berg Wu, Taiwan

Berg Wu studied electrical engineering in university, which might give the impression that he’s intense and nerdy. Well, he is intense and nerdy when it comes to coffee, but he is such a warm, friendly person. There’s a happy, kind softness to him. Berg is back to the WBC for … Read more →


2016 WBC Finalist #4: Lem Butler, USA

Lem Butler is among the most beloved and respected coffee professionals in the United States. We are beyond thrilled that the international coffee community is now getting a chance to see his special brand of coffee magic, as well as his charming, authentic, kind demeanor. Lem is one of the … Read more →


2016 WBC Finalist #2: Yoshikazu Iwase, Japan

We’re thrilled to see Yoshikazu Iwase back on the WBC stage this year. The two-time Japanese Barista Champion placed seventh at the 2015 World Barista Championship in Seattle, which was frankly devastating for him. He was so upset, in fact, that it almost stopped him from competing again. But rather … Read more →


2016 WBC Finalist #1: Charlotte Malaval, France

What to say about the lovely Charlotte Malaval, Barista Champion of France? I first met her in 2014 at the French Barista Championship in Paris, where she came out of nowhere to take first place in a country that was quickly distinguishing itself as a powerhouse in coffee competitions (Victor … Read more →


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 →

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