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Book Review: Before the coffee gets cold By Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Before the coffee gets cold

 Translator: Geoffrey Trousselot
Paperback, 213 pages
Published September 19th 2019

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In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-traveling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early-onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .



It is not time that change is something it is your perspective your choices and actions that lead to change


I wanted to read a book on the concept of time and when I saw sumaiyaa’s post I quickly picked ‘before the coffee gets cold’. As I was reading this book I felt like I am watching a Japanese drama only, later on, I found out it is, in fact, a play. This book is quite refreshing for someone who wants a light read as the story is told in an uncomplicated way. Without leaving much on our imagination, it describes every little thing in order to show us an atmosphere of Cafe and character in it.

The characters are not many but they glued me into the story as each one has special aligned space and I feel this story will be incomplete even without one. Something I didn’t like much in this story is that it has described figures and dress out of nowhere.

At moments I felt like there was no need to tell what he or she is wearing or how their figure looks like. It also mentions the handkerchief in a very detailed manner. I haven’t read any Japanese book beforehand; so I have no idea about its culture. So maybe it has to do something with the characters’ personality but I also think a writer could have mentioned it in a way or so.

The book is a collection of four stories and in each story; One character travels in time. There are complicated rules for time-traveling thanks not many try this one of which is you can’t change the timeline you can’t change anything in present and I thought then why would someone want travel. but this story taught me that it is not time that change is something it is your perspective your choices and actions that lead to change

The book touches human emotions in a diverse manner as all the four stories are based on relations with family, friends, or our loved ones. This is the book that I can enjoy with a cup of tea and finish it in one sitting.



“His brow seemed permanently furrowed, but she knew that this was how he looked whenever he was doing something he liked” 🐦

― Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Before the Coffee Gets Cold

“You could say that the coffee picked the customers.”🐦

― Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Before the Coffee Gets Cold

“no matter what difficulties people face, they will always have the strength to overcome them. It just takes heart. And if the chair can change someone’s heart, it clearly has its purpose”🐦

― Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Before the Coffee Gets Cold


Tell me something…

  • Which one is your favorite Time Travel book or movie?
  • Have you tried any e scientific fiction yet simple book?


Hold on, Do you like this? I am a person who go insane if I don’ create stuff. Human needs to stay busy to keep their mind shut. To help me you can support me on ko-fi. Just, give me some tea and I will function just fine.

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