Voted “Best Coffee” Seven Years in a Row
– The Iowa Source

“There is no other coffee house like Cafe Paradiso. Featuring friendly service, a casual atmosphere, support for the arts and music, it really can’t be beat. You won’t find a cafe like this in Iowa City or Des Moines. And, the coffee is outstanding. I have tried cafe’s all over the country, and haven’t had as nice of a cup as I have had in Fairfield!”
— Brenda Knox, Donnellson, IA

Iowa Source Cover Story Features Cafe Paradiso!

2014_08_cafep-coffeeOne Man’s Passion Pays Off at Popular Fairfield Coffeehouse
by Mo Ellis, August 2014

I’m sitting outside Café Paradiso (a.k.a. CafeP) soaking up the sun and drinking my morning cappuccino with owner Steve Giacomini, while he describes his first experience of coffee. “My mother opened a can of Yuban and the aroma was amazing, but after brewing—yuk! Even under cream and sugar.” That disappointment may have set Steve up to devote a good portion of his life to perfecting coffee that tastes as good as it smells.

Steve’s “all in” when he likes something. An astrologer once described Steve as a creative free spirit with the “chart of a crazy person.” Precisely what it takes to get an authentic coffeehouse off the ground in rural Iowa.

Steve’s passion for exceptional coffee […]

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The Smithsonian Awards High Honors to Fairfield!

Best-Small-Towns-Fairfield-IA-praying-large.jpg__800x0_q85_cropSmithsonian Magazine sent a writer to Fairfield for the weekend of Jan. 26-27. Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce director Nancy Morrissey gave the writer, Susan Spano, a tour of the town when she came to visit.

Spano visited numerous businesses and attractions while she was here. She went to the ICON Gallery, Maasdam Barns, Maharishi University of Management’s Sustainable Living Center, Sky Factory, Creative Edge Mastershop, Café Paradiso and many other places.

“Having spent a full day and a half with Susan Spano, I was convinced that we were going to be chosen as one of the top 10 small towns to visit in 2013,” Morrissey said. “Susan was charmed with the warmth and intimacy of Fairfield, fascinated with Fairfield’s sustainability lifestyle and entranced by our diversity, infusion of […]

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“Best coffee in the state. Delicious local milk makes for a perfect cappuccino. Also love the Sunday brunch: rosemary potatoes and apple pancakes, yum!”
Adrian D. – Ames, IA


“5 stars on the coffee! Always a Barista that knows how to pull a good shot. Very friendly, often busy atmosphere. I will be back!”