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Spring Barista Challenge has two young winners

By Staff | May 5, 2011
Two of the youngest barristas in the challenge won bragging rights with their winning creations. Kyle Zurbriggen, 14, won people’s choice with his Springtime Jazz creation, while Tara Kane, 15, took first place in the challenge with her Strawberry Mochaccino drink. There were seven talented baristas in this year’s challenge.
Evette Zurbriggen and husband Rick, along with Jodi and Craig Lucker and Mickie Modgeski, make a toast during the Barista Challenge. They were enjoying the Blended Hazel Chai created by Micah Foshee.

Two of the youngest baristas were winners of the third annual Spring Barista Challenge held Sunday at The Coffee Bar @ Baileys. There were seven talented baristas showcasing each of their creations for the spring menu. Guests enjoyed a sample of each drink and later voted for their favorite.

The people’s choice award went to 14-year-old Kyle Zubriggen for his Springtime Jazz, a hot latte with caramel, chocolate and vanilla flavors. Earning first place in the challenge was Tara Kane, 15, with her Strawberry Mochaccino, a strawberry smoothie with chocolate and vanilla blended.

For the competition, drinks could range from an espresso-based, tea-based or smoothie-based beverage. Any ingredients within the coffee bar were eligible for use in the challenge. Last year, the baristas were commissioned to create a new drink, which was based on creativity and taste – same as this year. The winner of the fall challenge in October 2010 was Maddy Maloy with her Irish Cream Mocha Bianca.

This year’s judges consisted of Sanibel locals and some who entered the Coffee Bar @ Bailiey’s “Be the Judge” contest held throughout April. Each judge was considered to be a knowledgeable coffee enthusiast.

The Coffee Bar serves smoothies, lattes, and of course, coffee. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.