Book Buzz: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Heartwarming, quirky, and wistful. ―Huffpost



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

In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café 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 café in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn’t so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most importantly, 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?

An affecting, deeply immersive journey into the desire to hold onto the past. This wondrous tale will move readers.
―Publishers Weekly

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

272 Pages

ISBN 9781335430991


Toshikazu Kawaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971. He has produced, directed, and written for the theatrical group Sonic Snail. As a playwright, his works include COUPLE, Sunset Song, and family time. His play Before the Coffee Gets Cold won the grand prize at the Suginami Drama Festival. This is his debut as an author. Before the Coffee Gets Cold has become an international bestseller and has been adapted for the screen in Japan.