I can’t believe it’s almost time for me to head back to Portland, Ore. — my flight leaves on Thursday morning, and by air travel magic, I return to Portland a few hours later on Thursday evening. I have been here in Moscow only 4 days. but it feels like it’s been one crazy year ”in the best possible way.
Look for an in-depth article about all that the national barista champions representing: Greece, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Slovakia accomplished while here in Moscow as guests of Soyuz Coffee Roasting at the annual Spasskaya Tower festival on Red Square. We’re the ones under the giant cappuccino cup, in the shadow of Saint Basil’s Cathedral. It’s been an amazing thing to see how such a unique event, both last year and this year, not just contributed but drove the massive development of specialty coffee culture in Moscow, population 13 million.
My article will appear in the October/November 2012 issue, but until then, I’ll leave you with these incredible, emotional and special photos from the last few days…
The Kazakhstan Military Orchestra visited the coffee tent this afternoon to play especially for the barista champions! They were awesome!
Sarah Allen (she/her) 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.