Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café

Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café

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...

From the author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold comes a story of four new customers each of whom is hoping to take advantage of Cafe Funiculi Funicula's time-travelling offer.

Among some faces that will be familiar to readers of Kawaguchi's previous novel, we will be introduced to:

The man who goes back to see his best friend who died 22 years ago
The son who was unable to attend his own mother’s funeral
The man who travelled to see the girl who he could not marry
The old detective who never gave his wife that gift...


This beautiful, simple tale tells the story of people who must face up to their past, in order to move on with their lives. Kawaguchi once again invites the reader to ask themselves: what would you change if you could travel back in time?

Title:Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781529050868
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    Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café Reviews

  • Sara

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review.Tales from the Cafe is the second lot of short tales from Kawaguchi's 'Before the Coffee Gets Cold' series, which follows people on a journey into the pas...

  • JimZ

    I was disappointed by this collection of short interconnected stories. 1.5 stars so it will be 2 stars. Perhaps if I read the collection which preceded this, 'Before the Coffee Gets Cold', I would hav...

  • Jan-Maat

    This is your typical time travel in a Japanese coffee shop novel (view spoiler)[ this is not a spoiler, (view spoiler)[ the kind of novel in which this was a spoiler would be a bit more fun I think (...

  • Abi Robins

    This book is just as beautiful and heart-wrenching as the first. I'm sobbing. It's so beautiful!I was so incredibly excited when I heard that the other books in the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series ...

  • miilkytae

    I was very happy to find out that there is a "sequel" to the first book and loved all of the stories in this continuation of "before the coffee gets cold" so so much! It definitely did not disappoint ...

  • Kate

    3/5starsread for my patreon book club which can be found here: https://www.patreon.com/katepfeilI did individual reviews for each story so check it out.but overall, fell flat for me, definitely seems ...

  • Teenu Vijayan

    Enjoyed this more than the first book and that says a lot . We are back to cafe Funiculi Funicula, where you get to time travel while sipping your coffee. This premise was explored in the first book a...

  • Abbie | ab_reads

    Thank you @picadorbooks for gifting me a copy of Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Cafe! This was a surprise review copy, and I haven't even read Before the Coffee Gets Cold yet... but I cou...

  •  tatiana ?

    just as lovely as the first book! same bittersweet endings, same cozy setting, same quirky characters. i'm surprised it's not getting any attention, considering how popular Before the Coffee Gets Cold...

  • Lauren

    Another solid instalment which actually reduced me to tears! RTC...