In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe 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 cafe’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 Alzheimer’s, see their sister one last time, and 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 cafe, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .


It’s the second week of February and I have already given my third five-star rating, because I LOVED this little book. It’s a slow, cosy, and warm-hearted book that is solely based around real stories that many of us come up against. The characters are beautiful and well-written, with the intertwining narratives helping to truly bring them to life. It’s the kind of book that reads like a warm knife through butter, with page after page flowing with ease. I truly enjoyed this offering and while I initially had no intention of reading the rest of the series, I’ve already ordered the second. It’s gorgeous and well-worth reading.

Kay Page