Java Joes Coffee House

Coffee Shop$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
  • Ranked #6 for coffee shops in Des Moines
  • Eric K.
    "Wish their espresso was better."(11 Tips)
    Teslen S.
    "Get the dirty chai it is great!"(2 Tips)
    Jack M.
    "Strong wifi and great, leather chairs to chill in"(3 Tips)
    Eve F.
    "Loved their warm apple cider during the cold winter"(3 Tips)
76 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • tea
  • lattes
  • casual
  • ice cream
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  • Natalie S.
    Natalie SwaimAugust 6, 2016
    Chai has always been good. Great, casual place to grab some coffee, a table and catch up with friends.
  • Zake
    ZakeMarch 14, 2016
    Great chill spot. 32 ounce ICED Latte was on point.
  • Lucas H.
    Lucas HoughtonMarch 5, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the B.L.T., it comes with chips and pickle. Great for lunch.
  • Eve F.
    Eve FanFebruary 16, 2016
    Loved their warm apple cider during the cold winter
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie SwaimJanuary 2, 2016
    Chai or any lattes
  • Riley
    RileySeptember 13, 2015
    Come for the coffee, stay for the games. Java joes is a wonderful place for a date, to study, or hang out with friends.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RasmussenSeptember 5, 2015
    Iced latte!
  • Tiffany V.
    Tiffany Van GorpJuly 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    They are the only place to get 32oz lattes!! They're delicious! Support local!!
  • Ashlynn C.
    Ashlynn CakericeJune 1, 2015
    Frappes, galore! If it's not on the menu. They will probably make it for you anyway.
  • Crew
    CrewMay 21, 2015
    Plugs along all walls, by most couches and tables. Free Wi-Fi, ask for password at the counter. Read more
  • Beth W.
    Beth W.May 9, 2015
    Decent coffee but a little pricy
  • Jack M.
    Jack McLaughlinFebruary 1, 2015
    Strong wifi and great, leather chairs to chill in
  • Robby N.
    Robby NapoliAugust 22, 2014
    Good vibe and a great spot to grab a cup of coffee during the week. Usually have some pretty good coffee specials!
  • Jordan N.
    Jordan NoringAugust 9, 2014
    Great lattes and very friendly
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockAugust 9, 2014
    Iced hazelnut latte here
  • Addi O.
    Addi O'ConnerApril 22, 2014
    Came here to work on papers, but WiFi isn't working and there are very few outlets.
  • Dennis S.
    Dennis ShawFebruary 3, 2014
    Thank you Chamber for a good legislative forum at Java Joes
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McCueJanuary 26, 2014
    One of the staff leaves signs on everything. Read them!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McCueJanuary 26, 2014
    One of the staff leaves instructions on everything. Read them!
  • Leah R.
    Leah RoseDecember 11, 2013
    Try an egg nog latte!
  • Mark 🍻 L.
    Mark 🍻 LynesOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The cinnamon rolls are amazing! But get them early! They get them Saturday and are usually gone by Tuesday!
  • Mike S.
    Mike St. ClairOctober 10, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Pick your bean & get it brewed by the cup. AWESOME.
  • Amy H.
    Amy Hollenback BrehmOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Court Avenue District has great food and drinks! Stop into Java Joes before a show or for great breakfast :)'
  • TrishaTrixie H.
    TrishaTrixie Hunter-MerrillAugust 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't boycott Java Joes. Amy tge owner lady is very straightforward and that xan put people off but she us super nice and its a great place
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SonnenburgAugust 8, 2013
    Best place to meet up with the gang downtown Des Moines, plenty of room, great staff, free wifi and super atmosphere, even kids playroom!
  • Suzette S.
    I really miss the original owners, Joe & Cindy & of course the old JJ staff!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SonnenburgJuly 23, 2013
    Plenty of room for groups and get-together and staff is super friendly and quick!
  • Heaven S.
    Heaven SlyeJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Almond milk lattes are A+!
  • TrishaTrixie H.
    TrishaTrixie Hunter-MerrillMay 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Their food here is amazing.
  • George J.
    George JurgensApril 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Open Mic night, known as 'Open Circus'. Every Thursday night at 9pm
  • Emily H.
    Emily HoenerMarch 14, 2013
    I always love the positive energy here, great vibes. Check listings for local music and open mic nights.
  • Archie P.
    Archie PowellFebruary 17, 2013
    They have Area 51, which obviously is pretty rad.
  • Sandy T.
    Sandy T.February 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The coffee, ice cream and snacks are always great. I steer away from their meals, particularly the Indian dishes, as they are made from the ready made packages you can buy at Target for $2
  • Francisco P.
    Francisco PalacioDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tuna Salad? Tops! Media Noche? Grillisimo!
  • Francisco P.
    Francisco PalacioDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    And yeah, yesterday's Hot Apple Cider at The Farmer's Market? #Perfetto! (Next one beginning of May, I heard?)
  • Francisco P.
    Francisco PalacioDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Next time we seek food after a Civic Center event? We know where to go!... Coffee, Tea, Beers, u-name-it!
  • Stoy H.
    Stoy HallNovember 12, 2012
  • Mel S.
    Mel SemOctober 27, 2012
    The games they provide made for some fun memories! :)
  • Taylor S.
    Taylor SpartzOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I liked the old owners better but this place is still ok. I miss the local art on the walls but enjoy the music they play
  • Codak S.
    Codak SimpsonAugust 18, 2012
    Worst coffee shop experience ever! Decent coffee... wrong change given and when talked to manager she was extremely rude, argued and threatened to have my sister-in-law arrested for speaking her mind.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KinmanJune 18, 2012
    Good spot. Wish their espresso was better.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaplerMay 9, 2012
    Play scrabble. But only if you know the rules
  • Jim B.
    Jim BoydApril 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Not as great a place as it once was, but the coffee is still good. Great for an occasional visit.
  • Blaire M.
    Blaire McKenzieJanuary 31, 2012
    Java Joes is a great place to enjoy not only a delicious cup of coffee, but also a wide selection of food and drinks, and even ice creamThey also provide entertainment on weekends. Reasonable prices.
  • Hilary H.
    Hilary HenakJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    In addition to coffee, Java Joes also has a breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream, smoothies, beer, wine, tea, hot chocolate, and more. They offer vegetarian options and host local entertainment.
  • Zachary K.
    Zachary KernJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Dirty Chai really hits the spot on a cold winters day.
  • Newt Gingrich
    Newt GingrichDecember 30, 2011
    Next stop on the Jobs and Growth bus tour, Cafe Moms! With Callista, Lindsay Ferrier and Frank Luntz.
  • Lance B.
    Lance BlasDecember 30, 2011
    Monster cookie is mega awesome!
  • Kelsey J.
    Kelsey JonesDecember 26, 2011
    Cool atmosphere and great place to hang out if you're not feeling the bar scene on a Friday or Saturday night. Grab a drink, and listen to some live music while you're there!
  • Mark 🍻 L.
    Mark 🍻 LynesNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cinnamon rolls are excellent!
  • Angela R.
    Angela ReisOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great carmel latte's
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineOctober 25, 2011
    Best coffee spot for people watching: It draws an eclectic crowd, and it’s probably the only shop with an Irish jam session and a poetry slam in one week. Read more
  • Jaclyn K.
    Jaclyn KleinOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the bathrooms- graffiti'ed and a little jenk, but the messages are all solid.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineSeptember 28, 2011
    Good vibe, but the food may disappoint. The review: Read more
  • Kyairb
    KyairbSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Classic Club. Amazing. Also, great oatmeal raisin cookies.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrancheauSeptember 17, 2011
    Use a bathroom elsewhere.
  • Keely B.
    Keely BrokkeSeptember 2, 2011
    great place to study and grab a latte.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 21, 2011
    Forget the mainstream coffee houses, this is where it's at! Java Joes has a great coffeehouse feel to it, and the coffee is stellar! Credit cards are accepted, but minimum $3.00 purchase is required.
  • Sarah
    SarahJune 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the flavored iced coffee if they have it! Delicious and not too sweet.
  • Chelcee C.
    Chelcee CheersMay 12, 2011
    Love this place! Great to study, hangout, or see a show!
  • Cat R.
    Cat RocketshipApril 13, 2011
    Love their rainbow sherbet and ginger curry pita.
  • Tai B.
    Tai BApril 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The cinnamon orange iced tea is amazing!
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary Bales-HenryMarch 27, 2011
    I remember this place from childhood so it will always be a place I keep coming back too.
  • Guy D.
    Guy DavisMarch 6, 2011
    Come for the amazing swing dancing!
  • Teslen S.
    Teslen SadowskiDecember 30, 2010
    Apple bomb is the best!
  • Teslen S.
    Teslen SadowskiDecember 29, 2010
    Get the dirty chai it is great!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LimburgOctober 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a little-known breakfast spot, but I highly recommend the biscuits & gravy. Also, the Tibetan raspberry tea is delightful.
  • TONY H.
    TONY HANSENAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Good breakfast burritos for Farmers Market
  • Sean W.
    Sean WalshJuly 17, 2010
    Peach-flavored lemonade is delicious and a refreshing treat at the Farmers Market
  • Kensie S.
    Kensie SmithMay 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Great stop during the Saturday Farmers Market- fresh baked goods- inside and outside the store. Read more
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MoritzMay 4, 2010
    Be sure to take your kids to 'its a small world' in the north wall of the coffee house. There's a tiny kid sized world in there with toys to play with while you unwind!
  • Romelle S.
    Romelle SlaughterMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the various list of tea, or do the ice cream!
  • Bridgette B.
    Bridgette BeeMarch 9, 2010
    Chai tea. Mmmmm
  • Dean S.
    Dean StokkaFebruary 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best fresh roasted beans!
  • Dan O.
    Dan OlsonFebruary 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot apple cider!
  • Angela H.
    Angela HoganJanuary 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the tiramisu ice cream!
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