Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of coffee, tea, café fare, and gelato at Grounds for Celebration, located in Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights.
Grounds for Celebration's head duo, George and Jan Davis, employ rare certifications as tea and coffee specialists to sate senses with a bevy of beverages, lunch items, and desserts. Coffee drinks, including fresh-roasted brews ($1.74/medium), and specialties such as the Yerba Maté Latte ($3.68/medium) netted Grounds for Celebration the honor of "Best Coffee in Des Moines" by Cityview readers numerous times. Their wide variety of hot teas ($1.84) calm frazzled minds with elegant flavors and aromas, melting away the stress of morning commutes and nightly Bigfoot hunts. Lunch menu items, such as Megan's Supreme grilled cheese ($8.75), add distinct ingredients of mustard and blackberry jam to tantalize taste buds, whereas scratch-made gelato ($2.75–$6.95) entrances tongues with elegantly subtle flavors and fairy tears. Other delectable morsels include pastries ($1.75), baked on-site daily, and cakes ($3.25–$4.25). While sipping and chatting, enjoy Grounds for Celebration's bright, pastoral interior, embellished with greenery and open ceilings.
- it's the details that set this lunch experience apart from other sandwich-and-salad joints. – Cara Hall, Metromix, Windsor Heights location
- A pleasant surprise are the yogurt and granola, and fresh fruit cup choices. – Joanne Boeckman, Des Moines Register, Clive location
Grounds for Celebration
When George Rivera-Davis first tasted coffee from beans grown on his uncle’s farm in Panama, he was amazed—it tasted nothing like the brown liquid he’d been taught to call coffee in Des Moines. Inspired by the delicious brew, he ventured into the coffee business. Now, George and his wife, Jan—herself a certified tea blender—grow their own coffee in Panama with the aid of their family, bringing gourmet brews to Des Moines through their award-winning coffee shop and café, Grounds for Celebration. Grounds for Celebration’s coffee connoisseurs roast beans onsite before brewing fresh cups of java, blending espresso creations, and flavoring lattes with Monin syrup and Ghirardelli chocolate. Thirsty patrons can also opt for yerba mate, chai, and smoothies, or venture into Jan’s area of expertise and gulp tea in varieties that range from gunpowder green to ginger peach.
While sipping from steaming mugs, patrons can also munch croissants and cinnamon rolls baked fresh each day. At midday, they fortify themselves for afternoon paperclip jousts with lunch sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Some take their time to savor natural, from-scratch gelato while sitting amid the café’s local art and connecting devices to free WiFi.