Where to find the perfect coffee shop for your Enneagram in Des Moines

We’ve all taken it – the Enneagram personality assessment. If you haven’t, stop what you’re doing right now and take the test here. Now that you’ve found your type (and likely have been thrust into an existential crisis like no other), you can start researching the niche interests and characteristics associated with people with your type. For all my Des Moines Enneagram enthusiasts and lucky visitors, I’ve compiled a list of the best coffee shops in the 515 for your type.

Type 1: Ritual Café

Nicknamed “the Reformer,” Type 1 is defined by a need to be good, to feel balanced, and is defined by their pursuit of integrity. The best coffee shop for the Type 1 has to be just that: ethically sourced, balanced in flavor and aesthetics, and known for its quality. That’s why Ritual Café is the best spot for the Type 1. The drinks are crafted by careful hands and accompanied by an inclusive vegan menu. Ritual Café is cozy, comfortable, and is all about inclusion.

Type 2: Plain Talk Books & Coffee

Type 2 loves to feel loved. Also called “The Helper,” Type 2’s have a heightened sensitivity for others, and always put those close to them first. That’s why Plain Talk Books & Coffee is the spot for them. It’s a cozy little coffee and sandwich shop nestled in the East Village. The intimate setting is perfect for a caffeine boost with a friend. All of their coffee is fair-trade, and you can pick up a book or a piece of merchandise for that one friend who couldn’t make it.

Type 3: DrieBerge Coffee

I firmly identify as a Type 3, so I dug a little deeper to find the perfect coffee space for all of the other 3’s out there. This type is nicknamed “The Achiever.” They seek affirmation from other’s and love to be recognized for their accomplishments. Type 3’s have a strong work ethic and desire to feel valued and worthwhile by those around them. So, next time you’re hung up on a work project and need a space to get all of your work done quickly with a healthy caffeine boost, Type 3 should check out DreiBerge Coffee. Framed with sturdy wooden furniture, plenty of natural light, and ample work space, DreiBerge is the perfect spot for your next meeting or study session.

Type 4: Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure

The thing that Type 4’s want the most in this world is to establish a strong sense of self. For this identity-driven type, I would recommend a trip to Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure. Zanzibar’s is a wonderful roastery on Ingersoll Avenue. It’s small dining area is perfect for sitting alone on your laptop or with a good book. Plus, you get to indulge in some of the best espresso in Des Moines!

Type 5: Java Joes Coffeehouse

Nicknamed “The Investigator,” Type 5 is driven by a need to be capable and competent. They seek knowledge, and love to dive deep into niche topics. They find safety in their minds, and often feel like a bit of an outsider. Fear not, Type 5, if you seek refuge from a world that doesn’t seem to understand you, you can find it in Java Joes Coffeehouse (the big one on 4th Street off Court Avenue). The eclectic decorations and the sheer size of this local coffee shop is the perfect escape for the Type 5. If you want to feel a little less weird, check out what other weirdos have written on the bathroom walls and I guarantee that you’ll feel a little less alone in the world.

Type 6: Mars Café

The Type 6 is extremely loyal. They need to feel secure and supported, so they often confide in those close to them and form strong relationships. For all the Type 6’s that have been around Des Moines long enough should know that the obvious answer here is Mars Café. If you went to Drake University, Mars was probably the first coffee shop you ventured to, and you’ve stuck with it ever since. If you haven’t been to the one situated in the Drake Neighborhood, then you’ve probably indulged at the one nestled next to Raygun Shirts in the East Village. Mars is a cornerstone for Des Moines loyalists, which is why it’s perfect for the Type 6.

Type 7: Scenic Route

Better known as “The Enthusiast,” Type 7 is driven by a desire to feel satisfied and content. These are your thrill seekers, your big personalities, your daring thinkers. Type 7’s are social butterflies that live for the moment. That’s why you’re likely to find them at Scenic Route Bakery. Big tables are perfect for gatherings with friends, and the friendly staff will perk up your day just as well as a latte. They have a huge selection of sugary pastries, a cohesive lunch menu, and a unique selection of specialty drinks. On sunny days, the Type 7 can even venture onto their patio where they can use their “outside voice.”

Type 8: Horizon Line Coffee

This type is known as “The Challenger.” They stay true to their core values and they value control. They often feel a need to protect themselves from the variability and uncertainty in the world, and hold a tight grip on their lives and destinies. This one was a bit trickier to pin down. The Type 8 needs something simple, clean, and consistent. That’s why Horizon Line Coffee is the best spot for them. The quality of each roast always beats expectations, and they don’t mess around with frills.

Type 9: Grounds for Celebration

Last but not least, the Type 9 is known as “The Peacemaker.” They strive for inner stability and peace of mind. Their presence is relaxed and grounded, you may even characterize them as easy-going and steady. They never cry over spilled milk; they are always looking at the big picture. That’s why the perfect coffee shop for the Type 9 is Grounds for Celebration in Beaverdale. It’s cozy and comfortable, the perfect place to pop in for a spontaneous visit and take your time. The fireplace adds a tranquil touch, and they have a large variety of flavors and varieties of coffee (and gelato) to choose from. Carpe Diem!

So far, no other personality assessment has so perfectly captured me, my beliefs, my goals, or my fears as well as the Enneagram. If you read through all of this and still don’t know your type, follow this link to find out which type best describes you! Like what you read? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more!

Take it Outside: Five Downtown Des Moines Patios Perfect for Summer

Cocktails taste better served with fresh air, right? We think so. Try these classic downtown Des Moines patios and give your summer outings an upgrade.

The Rooftop

Tucked beneath viny pergolas, The Rooftop’s laid-back vibe is a perfect escape from the bustle of Historic East Village below. A quick walk down the block gets you to a variety of food options, while the classic menu of cocktails and local craft brews offers options for everyone.

Mullets

A bike trail and hangover cure staple, Mullets cooks up one of the best breakfasts in town. Choose from classic omelettes and eggs, or a cheesy breakfast meatloaf for the more adventurous. The patio is a perfect spot to lounge in your bike shorts, drink Bloody Mary’s and cheer on the Iowa Cubs. If you’re lucky, there might even be fireworks.

Republic on Grand

If you’re on the hunt for happy hour, look no further than Republic on Grand. Deemed by the Des Moines Register as “Des Moines’ sexiest new patio,” the restaurant creates up-scale atmosphere without the price tag. A heated outdoor patio blends seamlessly into the lush tables and booths inside. The drink menu includes craft cocktails named after prominent Des Moines neighborhoods. Small plates, including charcuterie boards, flatbreads and sliders, are perfect for sharing.

“Add [Republic on Grand] to your list for a celebration or a visit from out-of-town guests or a day when you just want to treat yourself. And with summer officially here, there may be no better place to pass an evening than the Republic’s patio.”

–Courtney Crowder, Des Moines Register Staff Writer

El Bait Shop

One of the most popular spots in Des Moines, El Bait Shop is a beer-lovers dream come true. With over 260 craft beers on tap, it boasts the largest selection of American craft brews in the world. Right in the heart of downtown, El Bait Shop attracts cyclists, baseball fans and beer enthusiasts of all ages, shapes and sizes. The large patio has its own bar station, and tables to sit and enjoy the American grub served inside.

The Continental Lounge

For a more intimate setting, The Continental is the perfect place to enjoy a craft cocktail and some jazz. The bartenders here can concoct drinks custom-made for your tastebuds, but the best Pimm’s Cups are on order here, too. Live jazz music floats through the tiny lounge on Saturday nights. The small patio outside is perfect for taking in the night air or dancing with your sweetheart.

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Whether you live in Des Moines or are only passing through, there’s a perfect place for everyone. We want to know yours–what are your favorite spots in Des Moines? Share with us on social media!

The One Street Challenge: Eat your way through Valley Junction

Welcome to our newest series: the One Street Challenge! Each month we challenge ourselves to eat every meal on one street in the Des Moines area. Per official challenge rules (that we wrote ourselves…) we’ll spend one day, eating three meals and after dinner drinks without leaving the area. This month’s destination is so good it almost feels like we’re cheating. Join us as we eat our way down fifth street in Valley Junction.

Breakfast anyone?

Start the day on a healthier note at Big Acai Bowl. This restaurant got its start as a food truck that’s grown into two brick and mortar locations. Jake, the owner, discovered a love for healthy eating after moving to California and lucky for us he brought that knowledge back to Des Moines. Here you’ll find the magic that started it all, the acai bowl (think a fancy smoothie in a bowl with stuff on top). You can also find an assortment of smoothies, coffee, and avocado toasts. We’ll take a classic bowl with mixed berries and a mango picante toast.

Big Acai Bowl
117 5th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Time for lunch!

Next up is The Tavern. It’s a notably less healthy option than breakfast but, as a true Valley Junction staple, it can’t be missed. The Tavern opened during the Great Depression and has only been owned by two families—first the Rileis who then sold it to Chuck Celsi in 1988. They’re known for their thin crust pizza but the true hero here is the onion rings—trust us on this one! We’re digging into The Works and side of onion rings with #noregrets.

The Tavern
205 5th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Dinner’s on!

Whether we’re spending the whole day or just stopping by for dinner, a visit to Cooper’s on 5th is pretty much required in our book. Cooper’s serves classy comfort food and boy are they good at it. We recommend the mac and cheese with kielbasa added (so good!) or the port braised short ribs and you can’t leave without trying one of their signature egg rolls. Erm..Egg rolls? Stick with us here—Cooper’s features a different egg roll each day and with flavors like chicken parmesan and Philly cheesesteak, these aren’t at all what you’re expecting. 

Pro-tip: Take a look across the street as you leave Cooper’s—Mr. Cooper himself is about to open up The Winchester Pub. We asked him about this new venture and he says he’s trying to fill a gap in the Valley Junction area. We have a great sports bar and dive bar but there isn’t a nice place you can go for a drink after work. We wholeheartedly agree and can’t wait to add The Winchester to our list of favorite places.

Cooper’s on 5th
227 5th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Time for a nightcap

We’re rounding out our perfect day of food with a stop at Vino209. Vino209 has an excellent lunch and dinner menu prepared by executive chef Andrew Phelps but we like to stop at the end of the night for dessert and glass of wine. They feature live music every Tuesday and free wine tastings on Wednesdays so plan your trip accordingly!

Pro-tip: Can’t decide which wine to try? We recommend a flight. For $18 you can sample four different wines which they assured me these aren’t your standard grocery store selections. Luckily, if you love you choice, you have the option to buy a bottle to take home!

Vino209
209 5th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Next up—we’re heading to the East Village! Let us know where we should go in the comments.