Espresso Machine is all warmed up!

After an event on Friday night and an event Tuesday night, it's awesome to say that our new espresso machine has been officially broken in and warmed up.  The drinks are tasting very yummy.  One *bucks employee commented that the drinks are very tasty compared to what he drinks all day at work.  That doesn't surprise us though.  :)

We're ready to make more yummy drinks at Cafe Con Brio on June 5.  We'd love to make you one too.  Are you attending???


Just a quick note to say that I really wish people would pre-register for the June 5 Cafe Con Brio.  Not only would it make my life easier on the planning side of things but it would also expedite check-in at the event.  Make a committment that you're coming and register NOW!

Why June 5 is So Important

As you know, Overflow Coffee Bar's mission is to give South Loop residents, students and workers the opportunity to change the world.  We use direct trade, fair trade and organic products.  We also promote volunteerism, support local artists and build community in the South Loop.  We are getting closer and closer to having a physical location.  Thus, I want to make sure I communicate to as many people as possible why this June 5 event is so important and how you can help make it a success (even if you aren't able to be there).  Here's the behind-the-scenes:

The building at 1550 S State is going to be an awesome hub of nonprofit activity - "Daystar Center."  From teaching teachers to teaching toddlers, from yoga classes to guitar classes, from counseling services to home healthcare for seniors... the Daystar Center will bring educational, cultural and community value to the South Loop, Chicago and the region. 

Overflow longs to be the core of this space and facilitate collaboration among the different nonprofit groups and with South Loop residents, students and workers.  We believe this space is the BEST location for Overflow to give South Loopers the opportunity to change the world one cup at a time.  But we must act quickly to become a nerve center and not just a periphery ligament.

To finish construction, the Daystar Center needs more funds.  Whatever Overflow can come up with to put toward these funds will help us assure we are an integral part of Daystar.  Sounds like a good deal, right?  Yes!  But we don't have much funds ourselves even though we've been working hard to get the funds together.  This is where you come in.  You can help build the Daystar Center, make Overflow an integral part of it and advance the work of all the nonprofits that will be involved in the Center by:

1. Attending the June 5 event.  See for more information and register today!
2. Can't come to the event?  Give $15 toward our Chipin.  You can look just to the right and click "ChipIn!" or visit
3. Buy some coffee or an Overflow thermos.  Visit our online shop at

Our goal is to raise $50,000 by June 5.  Will you help us reach this goal?  We appreciate every kind of support!  Please share with your friends and family too.


I am very pleased to announce that Overflow Coffee Bar has identified a potential location: 1550 S. State. In partnership with the Daystar Center, Overflow and other nonprofit and for profit groups are joining together to make 1550 S. State a South Loop hub of educational, cultural, and community activities. You can help make this hub a reality and support all the groups involved now and in the future by being a part of this one-of-a-kind event.

Cafe Con Brio is a benefit concert "with spirit." Enjoy good music, desserts and espresso drinks while supporting the formation of the Daystar Center at 1550 S. State. Plus, you'll get to taste Overflow espresso!

Families are welcome from 6:30 to 7:30pm. At 7:30, the live music will begin. During the evening, you will get the chance to build community with your neighbors and learn about the Daystar Center and its partners, including Overflow Coffee Bar. Tickets are $15 each. Children under 13 are free.

Construction will begin shortly with your support. Come see the space for yourself!

Go to to RSVP!  Then, invite your friends to come along with you.
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