FAIRFIELD, NJ - After much anticipation, certified barista Maria Sesko celebrated the official grand opening of her new café, Barista Espresso, in Fairfield with a celebratory ribbon-cutting on Tuesday.

Sesko welcomed Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini, members of the Fairfield Police Department, including Chief of Police Anthony Manna, family members and friends with free fresh-brewed coffee and samples from her menu. Samples included homemade empanadas, sandwiches and a variety of desserts. Among the popular desserts was a well-known Peruvian cookie called Alfajores which were also homemade by a close friend of Sesko. 

Gasparini wished Sesko the best and said that Barista Espresso fills a nice little niche in town for fresh-brewed coffee.

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"The place is beautiful and the coffee is very good and we wish them all the best," he said. 

Fairfield residents Stephanie Freda, Janete Teixeira-Parente, Lucrezia Freda and Kathy Mostafa were among the friends who stopped in to celebrate the grand opening and wish Sesko well. They tasted complementary samples of the homemade Peruvian Empanadas and desserts, including the baby cupcakes and keylime pie, and all agreed that Barista Espresso is their new favorite place for coffee and other goodies.

Evelyn and Rosa from Clifton, who are close family friends of Sesko's, said that she always dreamed of opening her own place. 

In sharing the story of how her dream became a reality, Sesko said that one day she received a postcard about available rental property at 27 Horseneck Road, and she came to look at it and said it was just her "cup of tea." Renovations began in November of last year and she said that she is very excited to finally be opening Barista Espresso.

Barista Espresso is located at 27 Horseneck Road in Fairfield and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sesko added that she plans to eventually open earlier in order to ensure that customers can grab a coffee and breakfast on their way to work. 

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