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On May 25, 2020 George Floyd was killed in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A heartbreaking video of his death scattered the Internet where he is seen laying on the ground with a police officer’s knee on his neck. Floyd can be seen telling the officer that he cannot breathe and some of his final words include “They’re going to kill me.” This viral video outraged individuals across the globe and sparked the reoccurring conversation of racial inequality.
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
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
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
[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
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
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!