TEDxDesMoines 6/26/11

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, thinkers, and doers from central Iowa will gather on Sunday, June 26th, 2011 to share what they are most passionate about – positive ideas for the world from Des Moines.

We’ll be sharing what we are most passionate about. Visit our espresso and pourover station at TEDxDesMoines.

Mullets To Mars Benefit Ride Extravaganza!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Mullets To Mars!

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend?  We were, too…so we joined forces with Mullets, The Royal Mile, and Gusto Pizza Co. to bring you an end of winter bicycling event to coax you from the warmth of your winter cubby holes, and to benefit the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Yes, grab your bike (maybe dust it off/air up the tires) and meet us at Mullet’s (1301 SE 1st
Des Moines, IA 515-244-1443) this coming Sunday, March 13th at 10 a.m. for a short ride from lovely downtown Des Moines, through the Sherman Hill district and on to Dogtown!  Along the route we will be stopping for libations at the Royal Mile on beautiful 4th Street, some more refreshments and pizza at Gusto Pizza Co, then some sort of musical entertainment and more celebrating at Mars Cafe.

There is a $25 registration fee which can be paid at Mullets (registration will be open from 10 to 11) the morning of the ride.  Wait? Registration fee?  Yes, and all proceeds from the registration are going directly to the ICADV to raise awareness of and help put a stop to Domestic Violence.  You don’t walk away empty handed, though…

Your registration fee nets you a drink ticket for Mullet’s to help get the party started, another drink ticket for Mars Cafe to keep the party rockin, one raffle ticket, and a ride t-shirt designed by Dan Koenig of Yankee Doodle Tattoo/Ichi Bike and printed by our friends over at 8/7 Central.  The Shirt looks amazingly just like this picture.

And what is this about a raffle?  There will be a raffle drawing at Mars Cafe with prizes provided by Back Country, BikeIowa.com, Rasmussen Bike Shop, and more.  You receive one ticket with your registration, and have the option to buy more raffle tickets along the way, with one hundred percent of the ticket dollars going directly to ICADV.

Four easy miles, four great stops, fun, prizes, and one great cause.  Dust off your bikes, grab a friend, and get in on the first year of this soon to be legendary annual event!

*Again, all proceeds from registration, raffle tickets, and private donations will go to benefit the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Please help us reach our 2011 goal of raising $1000 to help this great cause.

Menu Redesign

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Hold tight, it’s time we revisit our menu and focus on what we really do best. Stay tuned for updates and our new menu, coming very soon.

Vote Mars!

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


It’s that time of year: Cityview’s annual Best Of Des Moines survey!

Please take a moment to show your support of your favorite local coffee shop. Vote Mars Cafe for Best Coffee, Best Coffeehouse and for any other categories you feel applicable.

Here’s the link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bestofdsm2011

Or find it on: dmcityview.com

Thanks for your ever-loyal support and love,


Cranksgiving 2010!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

cranksgiving2010It’s coming…

We’re doing it again! And thank GAWD! We have had so much fun at the previous Des Moines Cranksgiving events that we had to bring it back.

You bring a fun attitude and your bike (road, cross, hybrid, or mountain) and we’ll provide you with a map of local stores and a list of 12 items to buy around the Des Moines area (one item per store).

All products purchased for the event will be donated to DMARC and The Pet Project. There will be top prizes, such as a gift certificate to Yankee Doodle Tattoo, as well as a raffle for a new bike! If you have any questions, please email Sara Broek at blondie2950@gmail.com.

We hope to see your happy holiday faces!

November 21, 2010
1 p.m.
Mars Cafe
Be there or be square


YPC Happy Hour

Friday, November 5th, 2010


Join YPC for its monthly get together where there will be social networking and complimentary appetizers.

We’ll be visiting a great Drake neighborhood location: Mars Cafe. Appetizers will be provided from nearby Jethro’s BBQ!

Featured organizations: Drake Connect and a food drive! (more details to come)

For more information, please click here.

Last Days of Summer

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The last days of summer 2010 are upon us. And although the tomatoes and fresh produce from the spring and summer have been fantastic, we are gearing up for the hearty foods and earthy produce (onion, squash, etc) of the late summer and fall. We’re also enjoying the last stock of summery beers – so stop in after work and grab one before they’re gone.


Stop in to grab the last stock of New Belgium’s Skinny Dip summer ale or Summit Brewery’s Hefe-Weizen for $3 any time of day.

Share Your Love

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

If you love Mars, share your thoughts with the Des Moines Register for their upcoming “Insider’s Guide to Des Moines.”

Simply visit www.DesMoinesRegister.com/insidersguide to submit your “insider” tip online.

Breaking The Ice(d Coffee)…

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Hello All,

My name is Sam and I will be your narrator and guide for a little coffee education and cycling discussion here on the Mars Cafe site. I work in a local kitchen and do a little food blog and a cycling blog, but sometimes I really want to branch out and do something different so last week I threw a tweet out on um…Twitter asking if anyone would like me to guest post on their blogs and LJ heeded the call.  We met for lunch along with the Matt S and hammered out this idea:

You see, I am by trade a chef/cook type worker and I have accumulated a pretty large knowledge base in the food-ular and wine-ular areas, but my coffee knowledge is right up there with many line cooks.  In the kitchen, coffee is what gets the day started and keeps you firing on at least most cylinders as the work piles up and orders roll in.  In this arena just about any coffee will do, and I have even seen some of my more out of control co-homies mix their coffee with ENERGY DRINKS in the SAME CUP.  And somehow they are still alive…

So it was decided that I will be learning about the finer points and intricacies of Coffee and Coffee Culture then conveying my experience to you, the tens of readers out there.  Oh, and the biking… the biking…

Mars has some rather rabid cyclists/cycling fans in their employ and coffee customer crowd.  Mars has also hosted Cranksgiving, an “alleycat” race to fight hunger, for three years and recently Jameson um…I mean Graham (so sorry guys, I always seem to mix you up, even in the enchanted land of the Inderwebs) of Mars Cafe organized another benefit Caffeine Crawl.  These guys have some fun and interesting bike stuff coming up and I look forward to bringing you said cycling news.

I might even try to make it funny or entertaining.  hmmm…..


Turncoat Puppeteering: Art by JPLAYY + RAGZ

Thursday, July 1st, 2010


Turncoat Puppeteering. A collection of works by JPLAYY (Jonathan Pearson) and Ragz (Rachel Vorm).

These two locally grown artists will be showing a collection of their works July 1 through August 31.

Come check out their opening show on July 24th at 7pm.