Daniel Bosman Explains How to Make the Perfect Chemex Pour Over

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Originally posted on 9/30/13 by Laura Billingsley on DMJuice.com

Pour-over coffee might seem like a new trend, but it’s actually an old brewing method. Before electric coffee machines became common, the pour-over method was a simple system for making coffee with minimal equipment.

The search for pour-over coffee in Des Moines invariably leads to Mars Cafe in the Drake neighborhood and head barista Daniel Bosman. It’s a safe bet you don’t put as much time into thinking about your coffee as Bosman does. He knows a lot about coffee and about why most people are probably doing it wrong.

Do you freeze your coffee grounds?

“Please don’t do that,” he said.

Do you grind up a whole week’s worth of coffee and put it in a canister? According to Bosman (and most coffee experts) it’s best to grind beans just before brewing them.

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Chemex/V60 Pour Over Coffee

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Pour over coffee is a great way to experience the many subtleties from one roast to the next. Stop in and share a Chemex for two, or enjoy the slightly bolder flavor of brewing a cup of coffee with the Hario V60.

I Dreamt I Was A Postcard

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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It’s November already! For the next two months we are excited to have I Dreamt I Was A Postcard display their art on our walls. IDIWAP is a Des Moines-based photography collaborative aiming to bring back the postcard for communication and as an artform.

Bombs Away!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

New art by Robert Schulte Jr. on display now through October 2011.

STRANGER DANGER: CLOSING ART RECEPTION

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

THE ART OF JOLYNN ANDERSON

Closing art reception is Friday, August 19th at 7pm.  All framed prints will be 30% off.

Work by local artist Jolynn Anderson will be exhibited at Mars Café in Des Moines for the months of July and August 2011. The show will feature prints on paper as well as mixed media pieces.

Anderson is a young artist living and working in Des Moines whose primary media are screen and relief printing. Her work deals largely with humor and satire. Anderson is a student at Grand View University in Des Moines, and will graduate next spring. To see some of her work, visit www.moonmanprint.com.

http://www.marscafe.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/THINKING-THING-300x411.jpgDes Moines, IA June 6th 2011— Work by local artist Jolynn Anderson will be exhibited at Mars Café in Des Moines for the months of July and August 2011. The show will feature prints on paper as well as mixed media pieces. The opening reception will be held Friday, July 1st 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Anderson is a young artist living and working in Des Moines whose primary media are screen and relief printing. Her work deals largely with humor and satire. Anderson is a student at Grand View University in Des Moines, and will graduate next spring. To see some of her work, visit www.moonmanprint.com.

The opening reception will also feature music by Scot Jon Schwestka and Richard Webb. This Postmodern Ensemble presents an eclectically pleasing blend of Jazz, Classical music and contemporary pop music in a style all their own.

Weekend Brunch

Monday, January 17th, 2011

It’s the weekend. You don’t need to eat cereal. And you certainly don’t need to wake up early.

Mars Cafe serves delicious variations on french toast along with other breakfast favorites every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1pm 10am to 2pm. Pair it with delicately balanced and skillfully made pour-over coffee (Chemex) to share and you’ll make a wonderful start to your weekend.

Find our brunch menu listed under the “Menu” navigation heading.

*update: our brunch hours have shifted. brunch starts at 9am and ends at 1pm.

Help Stop Hunger.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

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Help STOP Hunger.

Mars Cafe encourages you to share this holiday season by bringing in a non-perishable donation for DMARC’s Red Barrel program here at the cafe. All donations go to the Emergency Food Pantry.

Visit DMARC’s website for more information.

We are also offering a gift card sale when you bring in donations:

$20 Mars Card for $18

$50 Mars Card for $45

$100 Mars Card for $85

Pour-over Coffee

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

June 22, 1960, Chemex

A lot of people keep asking the obvious question when the Chemex brewers (or other pour-over coffee brewers) get brought up:

What is so great that makes pour-over coffee better?

Taste.

Bottom-line, the coffee just tastes better. There are a lot of variables we could talk about, but I’ll save those for a more in-depth Coffee Tasting. Most pour-over brewers give the user more control of all the variables that go into making a good cup of coffee after the roasting stage. That means that you can make a quality cup of coffee at home just the same as Mars Cafe or some other place. Granted, greater control of all the variables also means your end result will be just as consistent as you are with your process.

PS. They make a fantastic gift. Ask about our Chemex Pack (includes filters + 1/2lb coffee).

If you want to learn more, stop in for a Coffee Tasting. We host them every Saturday at 9am.

New Gift Packs!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

GiftBoxOrderFormWe just launched our new gift packs – check it out. We may have additional goodies in-store, but for all you people browsing our interwebspace, look below.

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Download the PDF version here: GiftBoxOrderForm.pdf

Music Saves

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Music Saves

DMMC Presents Music Saves – Tuesday, October 19

Join DMMC members, musicians, industry professionals, volunteers, and music fans to learn more about how the DMMC is inspiring a music revival and join the movement. DMMC members and non-members welcome.

We’ll have FREE appetizers, drink specials, a performance by Flatform and the launch of the DMMC’s official member benefits program.

If you’d like to renew your membership or become a new member to help keep Des Moines’ music scene healthy and vibrant, bring $25 to sign up! Invite a friend who values the healing powers of music as well.

Music Saves
Tues., Oct. 19th
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Mars Café
2318 University Ave., Des Moines
Performance by Flatform
FREE appetizers
Drink specials (happy hour prices select beer $2, select wine $5)

Volunteer-managed, the Des Moines Music Coalition is a 503 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to help elevate Central Iowa’s music economy through education, events and festivals and advocacy.

Membership donations received go directly to helping build a bigger and better 80/35 Music Festival as well as help to sustain our event throughout the year like Music University, Little Big Fest (set for Nov. 20th) and Gross Domestic Product.

Can’t make it, but want to donate? You can sign up for membership online here. Can’t recall when your membership is up? Email nickelle@desmoinesmc.com.