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José Cárdenas: IN SOUNDS OF CULTURA "S-O-C",TRES LECHES CAFE IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER COFFEE BAR IN THE VALLEY, FEATURING HORCHATA AND OTHER TRADITIONAL MEXICAN TREATS. PRODUCER IMANI STEPHENS AND PHOTOGRAPHER ROB MCJANNET TAKE US TO THIS SWEET SPOT.

Reporter: THE SOUNDS ARE FAMILIAR BUT THE TASTE IS SOMETHING ELSE.

ET Rivera: I KNOW HOW TO PLAY WITH FLAVOR.

Person: WHAT CAN I GET YOU?

Reporter: ET RIVERA STARTING MAKING OFF COFFEE AS A HOBBY.

ET Rivera: I WAS TRYING TO CREATE A NEW CONCEPT FOR THE VALLEY THAT DIDN'T EXIST. EVERYBODY WAS GIVING OUTSTANDING REVIEWS A HOME AND HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAYING TRY THE ICE CREAM. I FEEL LIKE THEY WERE OVERLY EXCITED ABOUT THE COFFEE.

Person: HORCHATA. ENJOY.

Reporter: THAT LED TO THE CREATION OF TRES LECHE CAFE.

ET Rivera: THE CAFE HORCHATA WAS THE HARDEST DRINK TO WORK ON.

REPORTER: THIS SPOT ON ROOSEVELT STREET OPENED IN OCTOBER OF 2016. WHILE THERE IS NOT A LOT OF STREET TRAFFIC, PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER THE VALLEY FOR A UNIQUE TASTE.

ET Rivera: IT IS IMPORTANT TO OFFER DIFFERENT PRODUCTS AND BEING ORIGINAL.

Reporter: BEING ORIGINAL IS WHAT RIVERIA KNEW WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO. THE MEXICAN INFLUENCES ARE OBVIOUS FROM THE NAME OF THE CAFE TO THE DRINKS LISTED ON THE MENU. THERE IS CAFE HORCHATA.

ET Rivera: I WASN'T INTENDING ON CREATING A MEXICAN, LIKE, MENU FOR THE SHOP BUT IT WAS JUST THE FLAVORS I STARTED PLAYING WITH. IT ISN'T LIKE A STOREBOUGHT OR MIX. IT IS REALLY GOOD, TRADITIONAL MEXICAN HORCHATA.

Reporter: EVERY COFFEE HAS A TRES LETCHE CREAM. A UNIQUE SIGNATURE AND SOMETHING HE HOPES INSPIRES PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS TO BE ENTREPRENEURS.

ET Rivera: THERE IS A LOT OF STUFF THAT IS UNTOUCHED AS FAR AS INCORPORATING OUR CULTURE IN BUSINESSES.

Reporter: RIVERIA TRY DO IS DO MORE THAN SERVE COFFEE. HE WANTS TO HELP OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH BUYING FROM LOCAL SUPPLIERS AND EVEN ROASTING HIS MEANS IN ARIZONA. THE MENU IS ALWAYS CHANGING AND HE HAS PLANS FOR NEW FLAVORS.

ET Rivera: I WANT TO FOCUS ON SERVING, UNIQUE COFFEE THAT IS FAT-FREE AND DAIRY-FREE AND STILL HAS THE TOUCH OF THE CAFE.

Reporter: WHATEVER THE NEXT DRINK IS, YOU CAN BE SURE IT WILL NOT BE OUR AVERAGE CUP OF JOE.

ET Rivera: MY GOAL IS WHEN I AM CREATING DRINKS IS TO CREATE THE VERY BEST COFFEE YOU HAVE EVER TASTED.

Person: HOPE YOU ENJOY.

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