Book Review: Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

A magical book about life, love and regrets!

Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
227 Pages
Out Now

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which 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-travelling 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 . . .

4 / 5

This book may feature a time travel element but I assure you, it is so much more than that.

You go on a journey with four different visitors to the cafe, where you learn about their life and why they are looking to go back to the past.

It’s a simple book, no fast paced action and all set in this one cafe and that’s all you need. The running theme throughout the book is about life, love and regrets that you might have and the chance to go back. But one of the rules is that you can’t change the present, so would you still want to go back?

It really is a beautiful and moving book that will make you think about your own life and ask the question…would you go back if you could?

My favourite story from the book was Mother and Child, this was just heartbreaking but beautifully written.

Overall this is such a unique and thought provoking book, with a fun time travel element bringing it all together. It’s a short read, but one I would highly recommend!



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