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.

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?


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.

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,


Olde Main Sodbuster Stout Hoedown!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Stout_WebOlde Main’s Sodbuster Stout is now available in bottles! We reckon this calls for a hoedown complete with straw hats, overalls, and of course a beer or two.
Join us at Mars Cafe starting at 6pm for a bottle release celebration! Arrive early for a free bottle of Sodbuster Stout (one per person, while supplies last). Then grab a bottle of Sodbuster for $2 or any Olde Main brew for $3.

Talk with our brewers and enjoy a free piece of Sodbuster Chocolate Cake and pair it with a Coffee Stout (rich cold-brewed coffee infused with Sodbuster Stout) for $2.
Come in your best hoedown apparel for a chance to win some prizes!

Drinks, food, and good ole’ fun.

About the Sodbuster:
Hearty ale with color and flavors derived from roast, chocolate, and caramel malts. This ale has a complex taste with a rich creamy
mouthfeel. The pronounced hop presence balances the deep malt flavors.

Alcohol by Volume – 6%
International Bitterness Units – 29.6
Hops – Chinook, East Kent Goldings
Grain – 2 Row, Crystal 40, Chocolate Special B, Roast

– Food: hearty dishes, steak, meat pies, stews
– Cheese: Dubliner cheddar, brie
– Dessert: anything with chocolate, apple pie, ice cream, cheesecake
Facebook event: here

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


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.


Download the PDF version here: GiftBoxOrderForm.pdf