Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Toshikazu Kawaguchi author Geoffrey Trousselot translator

Format:Paperback

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Published:19th Sep '19

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A beautiful, moving story about a small Japanese café that offers its visitors the chance to travel back in time, to find an answer to the question: what would you change if you could go back?

A beautiful, moving story about a small Japanese cafe that offers its visitors the chance to travel back in time. For fans of The Guest Cat and If Cats Disappeared from the World.

The million-copy bestselling series about a small Japanese cafe that offers its visitors the chance to travel back in time.

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s moving Before the Coffee Gets Cold, translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot, explores the age-old question: what would you do if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?


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 . . .

Continue the beautiful storytelling with Tales from the Cafe,Before Your Memory Fades, and Before We Say Goodbye.

*Pre-order Book 5, Before We Forget Kindness, now!*

ISBN: 9781529029581

Dimensions: 196mm x 131mm x 15mm

Weight: 166g

224 pages