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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
Live Music Venue
Cafe Paradiso is Internationally renowned as an intimate live music venue with national acts playing weekly for an enthusiastic and appreciative listening room audience.
Award Winning Coffee
Our coffee won this award and that award and just about every award in between. Try it… you’ll probably give it an award!
Happy Hour Specials
$1 off all beer and wine from 4-6 every Wednesday through Saturday. Enjoy our selection of carefully chosen wine and craft beers on tap.
Iowa Source Cover Story Features Cafe Paradiso!
One 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 was cemented in Berkeley with his inseparable friends, artists Bill Teeple and Lyn Durham. Over time, the three migrated from Southern California to […]
The Smithsonian Awards High Honors to Fairfield!
Smithsonian 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 culture and entertainment and strong appreciation of our history.”