Hoppy Hour

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

We’re hosting a monthly “Hoppy Hour” every third Thursday of the month with free samples of your favorite IPA beers.  Visit us for April’s event featuring Peace Tree Brewing Company’s No Coast IPA.


Hoppy Hour

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.

[click here to read the full article at DMJuice.com]


New Summer 2013 Hours

Monday, May 20th, 2013

This week we’re beginning our summer hours: closing time will be 7pm on Sunday – Thursday.  We’ll still be open late (until 10pm) on Friday and Saturday. Make sure to visit our calendar to check out all the great Sound Rover event’s we’ll have over the summer months!

Host Your Event at Mars!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Interested in hosing an event at Mars? We are perfect for social gatherings, music, art show, wedding reception, birthday, movie premiere, Magic the Gathering tournament, etc.  Public events can be held at no charge, private events will incur a minimum order charge. If interested please email Justin for more information.


Skinny Cosmonaut With Whip, By Buffalo Bonker

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Paintings by Buffalo Bonker, opening show Friday, June 8th, 6-8p.  This series features familiar scenes painted with different levels of distortion and cropping which interacts with the level of recognition. Art will be on display through June.

Solid Ground – The Work of Van Holmgren

Monday, March 5th, 2012

New show of completely awesome work at the best coffee shop in Des Moines. Stencils, sculptures, paintings….enough to blow your mind but leave you wanting more!!! The show will run from the beginning of March until the end of April!

birdshow by curtis poortinga

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Paintings by, Mars Cafe’s own, Curtis Poortinga

Showing from January 1st through February 2012

Opening Reception Friday, January 13th from 7-9 pm

Peace Tree Cornucopia Farmhouse Ale

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

We are now serving Peace Tree Brewery’s Cornucopia Fall beer.  It is an Belgian style farmhouse ale brewed with sweet corn from Dan-D farms, south of Knoxville.  This has a complex earthy flavor with a hint of fruit to round it out. Come out and give it a try!

Dogtown Fest – Sept 24, 2pm-10pm

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

La Tortuga, Honduras

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

From our in season selection, La Tortuga from Honduras is our current single origin offering.

Round and plush, the mouthfeel envelopes sunny notes of tamarind, dried mango and apricot puree. Towards the center, creamy dulce de leche emerges alongside a tropical acidity. The finish is pleasantly long, leaving you with a beautiful aftertaste of praline.