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Chino Valley overflowing in coffee
Overflow Coffee offers warm, friendly environment

Leslie Enriquez making a mocha Frappuccino. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Leslie Enriquez making a mocha Frappuccino. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

For six years, Overflow Coffee has been providing Chino Valley with a cup of coffee and a warm environment.

Opened by Word of Life Assembly of God church, it started out as a place for young teens to come and hang out and put in volunteer hours, said manager Leslie Enriquez.


Overflow Coffee baristas Leslie Enriquez and Desirea Payne. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

“Our idea was the proceeds would go back into our youth group for youth conventions and stuff like that,” Enriquez said. “Just to try to help keep the teens in the area out of trouble and doing things that they weren’t supposed to be doing. Just an outreach to the community. Our church is really involved in our community in a lot of ways.”

It has been a lot of fun over the years, she said. In the summertime, the kids come hang out and events such as a karaoke night are held, Enriquez said. This year, Overflow is going to try and partner with the pregnancy center next door for a drive-in movie-type of event, she said.

Additionally, with the kids being able to volunteer, it gets them acquainted with the working world so that when they have a real job they are not completely blindsided, Enriquez said.

A lot of regular customers come in as well, she said. Mentioning how much she loves customer service, Enriquez said she really likes seeing those regulars who have been coming in for a long time. She knows them by name and enjoys hearing about what has been going on in their lives, she said. A lot of customers are college students who come in and work on their homework while getting a bite to eat or something to drink as well, Enriquez said.

“It’s just a warm, cozy place to just hang out and spend an hour or two meeting with a friend,” she said. “I enjoy it … I’m here when I’m not working all the time.”

Overflow Coffee also has been offering Thrifty ice cream for about four years, she said. An old-time drugstore ice cream, it’s been a big hit especially with those in the community for whom it brings back good memories, Enriquez said.

Looking to the future, Enriquez said there are hopes to see Overflow Coffee grow within the community. Some thoughts have been a drive-thru and breakfast sandwiches to go along with the pastries, she said. Right now, they are looking into getting to-go boxes of coffee, with creamers and cups provided, for when businesses have representatives over or events going on, Enriquez said.

“It’s just more of an outreach, more to the community businesswise,” she said. “We’re always up for the challenge and trying to give the community what they’re looking for.”

Open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays, Overflow Coffee is located at 448 N. Highway 89 Suite C.


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