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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Current price: $19.99
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Hanover Square Press
Charter Books
On hand, as of Nov 30 3:37am
(Fiction - General)
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Staff Reviews

With time travel, the possibilities seem infinite, unless...they are actually very limited. At a certain cafe, time travel is possible, but only under the restrictions of about a dozen rules. To most, it probably seems hardly worth the trouble, but to some it's worth everything.

— Amy

This was the most interesting and wholesome take on time travel I have ever read. Everything in the world is totally normal, but if you sit in a specific seat in a specific cafe in Tokyo, you can travel back in time. There are some rules in order to time travel, but my favorite one? You can only stay in the past for as long as your coffee is warm. This charming and emotional story of four different women teaches about the importance of making the most with the time you’re given.

Lauren Suidgeest, Schuler Books (Grand Rapids), Grand Rapids, MI
December 2020 Indie Next List





If you could go back in time, who would you want to meet?

In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a caf that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee--the chance to travel back in time.

Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the caf in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn't so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold.

Heartwarming, wistful, mysterious and delightfully quirky, Toshikazu Kawaguchi's internationally bestselling novel explores the age-old question: What would you change if you could travel back in time?

Meet more wonderful characters in the next captivating novel in the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series, Before We Say Goodbye, releasing November 14, 2023

Read the rest of the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series:

  • Tales from the Cafe
  • Before Your Memory Fades