Plain Talk Books & Coffee

Plain Talk Books & Coffee opened in 2009 as a neighborhood coffee shop and used bookstore and has become an East Village fixture.

Our classic deli and vegan sandwiches, served on fresh baked bagels and breads from River to River Bakery, highlight our menu. Our vegan sandwiches feature select meat and cheese alternatives from the Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis.

Our combination of coffee bar and old fashioned soda fountain offers unique specialty coffee drinks and ice cream sodas, floats and shakes.

We roast our coffee beans at Raccoon Forks Foods in Ames in small batches for the week ahead to bring you the freshest coffees possible. Bauder's supplies us with their famous handmade ice cream!

Over the years we have carefully curated our selection of used books. These are books we would recommend to our friends.

Last, but not at all least, as a Raccoon Forks microbusiness, we provide job opportunities to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Employees at Plain Talk receive one-on-one job coaching and the support they need to build skills and be successful on the job.