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13 Fall-Themed Coffee and Tea Drinks in Downtown DSM

Fall Coffee and Tea

Sipping on a fall-inspired coffee or tea in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a total vibe! We’ve curated a list of 13 must-try, seasonally delicious beverages from local businesses so you can make it one epic autumn in Downtown DSM.


These coffee drinks bring the best of the season’s flavors to your taste buds: honey, almond, cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpkin and more. And the best part is these are all local coffee shops and cafés, right here in Downtown DSM!

Antony & Cleopatra
This full-bodied drink is sure to leave your palate satisfied this fall! Sip on this hot cappuccino flavored with almond and cinnamon.
Find it at Plain Talk Books & Coffee

Sip on this: Espresso, milk, Earl Grey and housemade blackberry vanilla simple syrup all warmly cocooned in a ceramic mug.
Find it at Horizon Line Coffee

Mayan Mocha
Yum, chocolatey goodness! This drink is a mix of espresso, Mexican chocolate and steamed milk.
Find it at Ritual Café

Pistachio Latte
This seasonal flavor is as simple as espresso, steamed milk and pistachio flavoring! Almond, oat and coconut non-dairy milk options are also available.
Find it at Common Ground Coffee Shop

Pumpkin Chai Latte
All the things you love about the famed PSL, but with a little Chai flavoring added along with pumpkin, steamed milk and espresso! So tasty.
Find it at Ritual CaféCoffee

Sputnik Latte
This Mars drink is a favorite of students in the Drake neighborhood — and now you can enjoy it as a fall treat in Downtown DSM, too! Sip on this latte complete with honey, almond and cinnamon flavors.
Find it at Mars Café Skywalk

Sweet Georgia Brown Latte
If you’re looking for something to warm you up on a cool autumn day, try this: espresso, brown sugar, honey and steamed milk.
Find it at Smokey Row Coffee

Wuthering Heights
Here’s a local twist on the classic pumpkin spice latte! This one features vanilla and pumpkin flavors, topped with whipped cream.
Find it at Plain Talk Books & Coffee


If coffee isn’t your thing, try a warm cup of tea from a local Downtown DSM shop or vendor. Look for spiced flavors like cinnamon and ginger or hints of apple or cardamom to bring seasonal fall flavors to your mug.

Allergy Relief Tea
Yep, sometimes fall brings along seasonal allergies too! This tea from Red Dragon Herbs & Teas can provide relief to those who get the sniffles and sneezes as the seasons change.
Find it at NOSH Café and Eatery or the Downtown Farmers’ Market

Apple Mint Tea
This tea from Red Dragon Herbs & Teas brews up a subtle and aromatic green tea blend with apples, cinnamon and peppermint. It’s like apple pie you can sip!
Find it at NOSH Café and Eatery or the Downtown Farmers’ Market

With a slightly smoky, strong flavor and a characteristic gunpowder-gray color to the leaf, this tea is one coffee drinkers often find to be an enjoyable alternative to their java fix.
Find it at Gong Fu Tea

Spicy Chai
You can’t go wrong with a simple chai tea during the fall. This one is 12 ounces of deliciousness from Sanctuary Chai, available hot or cold.
Find it at Horizon Line Coffee

Symphonic Splendor
This organic herbal tea features flavors of organic lemongrass, peppermint, ginger, licorice and cardamom with a peppery bite.
Find it at Gong Fu Tea

Looking for even more fall-inspired coffee and tea drinks? Check out Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market vendors including Bearded Brothers Coffee, BLK + BOLD, Marissa Kay Apothecary and several more.

Like what you see? This is part of a two-part series highlighting autumn beverages you must try in Downtown DSM.

Make it one epic autumn in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) by exploring, experiencing and enjoying what Downtown DSM has to offer. Plan your visit to Downtown DSM with these tips for parking and navigation and discover additional restaurants and nightlife, too!

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