Off to Nicaragua

I’m taking the red eye to Managua tonight… actually, make that Houston, where I’ll be stuck for 3 hours between flights. (But that’s OK — I downloaded a whole season of Lost to watch while I wait.) From Managua, I’ll head north to Esteli, where the Cup of Excellence will take place.
Photo: Central Park in Esteli

I’m totally stoked to attend my first Cup of Excellence. I’ll be an observer. This is a super special CoE because it’s the 50th one! Because of this, the jury includes a lot of all-stars. I think it’s going to be a really special week.

I’m mainly going to work on a big article about CoE we’ll have coming out soon, but I’ll still blog and post photos from the event here on Pasteboard, so be sure to check back often!

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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.


  1. wow what and honour to be there Sarah, I look forward to reading all about it!

  2. Have a safe trip Sarah! And enjoy the outstanding coffees that will surely be there. Make sure to take lots of pictures of the All Stars Cuppers just as they are slurping – it’d look great on the cover of a magazine 😉

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