Java Joe’s Coffeehouse

Coffee House | Vegan-Friendly | Vegetarian
One of the best

This micro-roaster coffee house will even provide you with a French press plunge pot to make a quart of coffee at your own table. Java Joe’s also is one of Des Moines’ hot spots for listening to live music. The monthly Java Jam schedule we picked up one morning listed programs that ranged from blues to poetry slams and included open mic nights as well as one evening titled “Experimental Noise.” In addition to all that, there’s a walkway directly into the adjoining storefront, which is a chock-full artists’ emporium.

We can’t report on the music or art, but we can tell you that the java is grand. Brewed or espresso, with or without hot milk or any one of dozens of flavored Italian syrups, it is world-class coffee. A choice of beans and types of roast are available every day; and to-go cups range in size from eight to twenty ounces.

All the usual breakfast pastries are on the menu – muffins, croissants, bagels – and you can also get that unique mid-Iowa treat known as a Dutch letter. Common in the bake shops of towns where Holland plays a big part in the genealogy, Dutch letters are large fragile cookies made in alphabet shapes. Java Joe had a good supply of W’s (or maybe they were M’s), their flaky pastry ribboned with a layer of almond paste.

The lunch menu includes cold-cut sandwiches, soups, and a small repertoire of vegetarian/Indian specials (curry, vegan burgers, Jaipur vegetables, and Madras lentils). A special medianoche is a grilled Cuban sandwich of roast pork, ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese dressed with mayo and mustard and stuffed inside a hoagie roll.

What to Eat
Java Joe’s Coffeehouse, Espresso
Utterly delicious espresso
Java Joe’s Coffeehouse, Dutch Letters
Dutch Letters
Dutch letters, veined with almond paste, are an excellent coffee companion. We couldn't figure out if this one was a W or an M. Whichever, it quickly became a U, then vanished.
Java Joe’s Coffeehouse, Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon Roll
Java Joe's serves a fine example of Iowa's unofficial state pastry, the cinnamon roll. (Photo and caption by buffetbuster)
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday9 am - 11 pm
Monday7 am - 11 pm
Tuesday7 am - 11 pm
Wednesday7 am - 11 pm
Thursday7 am - 11 pm
Friday7 am - 12 am
Saturday7 am - 12 am
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Even if you are not in town for the annual Iowa State Fair, which offers days worth of good food, Des Moines is a city of eating opportunities far more colorful than suggested by its old nickname, "Hartford of the West." After coffee and a mighty cinnamon roll at Java Joe's Coffee House, a visit…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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