For the Love of Coffee

By Skokie Staff Advisory Services

Pour yourself a cup and get cozy with these coffee-inspired reads.

  • The Monk of Mokha

    2018 by Eggers, Dave

    A departure from Eggers’ usual fiction writing, this biography is an amazing journey rich with coffee, adventure, and history. The protagonist, at times--maybe most of the time--overly confident, is endearing. You’ll finish this book feeling properly inspired and maybe wanting to pick up a bag of his coffee at a local Blue Bottle. Recommended by Leslie.

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  • Fresh Brewed Murder

    2021 by Duncan, Emmeline

    Set in Portland, Oregon, this new series centers on Sage Caplin and her just-opened coffee truck business. For cozy fans who also appreciate their cappuccinos and macchiatos. Recommended by Sharon.

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  • Moonstruck

    2018 by Ellis, Grace

    A charming paranormal LGBTQIA graphic novel series that features a Latinx werewolf barista named Julie who works at the Black Cat Cafe alongside her BFF Chet, a centaur. It gets my vote for the best fictional coffee shop ever! Recommended by Sharon.

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  • The Café by the Sea: A Novel

    2016 by Colgan, Jenny

    A lovely, relaxing read with lovely descriptions of Scotland, and I liked Flora, who is on the journey of reconnecting with her family. Pick this up if you are looking for a book filled with family, food, and culture, and you don't mind a light romance. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey

    2018 by Jacobs, A. J.

    An author resolves to personally thank everyone involved in providing his morning cup of coffee in this meditation on the things we take for granted and what we owe to the people who make them possible. While some of the recipients of Jacobs' gratitude are obvious (his barista, the Colombian farmers who grew the beans) others are surprising (the Food and Drug Administration, for ensuring that his drink is safe and what it purports to be). Recommended by Andrew.

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  • A Putumayo Blend: Music from the Coffee Lands


    The ideal musical companion for sipping your favorite coffee drinks and perhaps succumbing to a bit of armchair travel via these thoughtfully selected tunes. When you’ve finished listening, be sure to check out Music from the Coffee Lands II, also from Putumayo. Recommended by Sharon.

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  • Grounds for Murder: A Coffee Lover's Mystery

    2020 by Lush, Tara

    Everything goes down easy with this offbeat, coffee-themed cozy mystery. It's the first installment in the Coffee Lover’s Mysteries series featuring Lana Lewis, a former reporter turned manager of her family’s cafe, Perkatory. There are fun, quirky characters and, for dog lovers, a very cute Shih Tzu puppy named Stanley. Followed by Cold Brew Corpse. Recommended by Sharon.

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  • The Coffee Trader: A Novel

    2003 by Liss, David

    Amsterdam, 1659: Miguel Lienzo gets a lead on a new commodity that is about to take Europe by storm--the coffee "berry." His attempts to take advantage of the opportunity make him enemies both within and without the city's tight-knit Jewish community. Author of the Benjamin Weaver mysteries, Liss is a master at turning economic history into compelling human drama. Recommended by Andrew.

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  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold: A Novel

    2020 by Kawaguchi, Toshikazu

    The magic of this heartwarming novel is in its cozy intimacy and whimsical imaginings. The four stories interweave into a beautiful tapestry that teaches us about love, belonging, and fate. And what better place for community and connection than a coffee shop? Recommended by Leslie.

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  • On What Grounds

    2003 by Coyle, Cleo

    Take a break with Clare Cosi, manager of the Village Blend and local sleuth. Rich in coffee details and lore, this is the first book in the long-running Coffeehouse Mystery Series. Recommended by Sharon

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