By Nora Vasconcelos
Coffee and I always have been a great relationship.
The smell coming from the beverage, the sweet taste, the warm feeling in my hands while holding the cup. It’s so great, that allows me to take my mind away for a few seconds.
Having a delicous cup of coffee, is one of the most simple and comforting things in life, no matter in what presentation it comes.
This is the reason why it made me really curious to see what sort of novels related to coffee I could find.
This is what I came up with:
About 1930, the Agatha Christie presented a play called Black Coffee, in which one of her famous characters, the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot tries to unvail an international plot on the verge of the Second World War. Breakfast takes an important role in the play that was published later on as a novel.
Another book taking the same title was written in 2002 by Tracy Price-Thomson. The story is a military drama mixed with romantic situations between the main characters, Sanderella Coffee and Romulus Caesar.
Some years later, David Liss presented a book The Coffee Trader. A story placed in the 17th Century, when the main character, Miguel Lienzo, works in Amsterdam on the coffee business, a new product in Europe by that time.
The novels Coffee will make you black by April Sinclair (1995), and Let it rain coffee by Angie Cruz (2005) are social dramas in which the main characters struggle to find some comfort and piece of mind while dealing with difficult environments.
In 2008, Anthony Capella presented The Various Flavors of Coffee, a novel placed in the 19th Century when the characters Samuel Pinker and Robert Wallis attempt to set an international guide of the coffee beans commerce. While doing this, they face the social problems that are happening by that time in the places they visit.
The last two titles are not novels, but they’re certainly funny and interesting for coffee lovers: The Garfield’s Guide to Coffee Mornings by Jim Davis, full of cartoons and the sharp comments of the famous orange cat; and the Quiz deck All About Coffee by Evelin Sinclair, a series of cards that will keep you reading till the end and then will make you look as an expert on coffee among your friends.
And now, after sharing my findings, the only thing that is left to say is… It’s coffee time!