Coffee Novels

Coffee Novels

Coffee for reading.

As the book fair takes place in Leipzig until tomorrow and there are such beautiful stories about coffee, today I will introduce you to a few books.

Der Kaffeedieb

A historical adventure novel that takes place in 1683. Coffee houses are booming in Europe. The monopoly on coffee, however, have the Turks. Who wants to smuggle it out of the Yemeni mocha, will be punished with death. Obediah Chalon, speculator, trader and trickster should still dare. With financial support from the United East India Company, he assembles a troupe of international specialists. Will he succeed?

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Ich will nich’ Kaffee trinken, ich will Geschäfte machen: Eine Satire über Wien, die Deutschen in Wien und den Kaffee

With 21 cartoons for all Germans who finally want to understand Vienna – and all Viennese who are the same with the Germans. This first volume of the series WIENER MELANGE is about the coffee and the associated intercultural traps that Vienna has for Germans.

Max Havelaar: oder Die Kaffee-Versteigerungen der Niederländischen Handels-Gesellschaft

The book is about an Amsterdam merchant named Droogstoppel who lives on the coffee market. A former, now destitute acquaintance, asks him for the aid to publish a manuscript. This manuscript, largely autobiographical, deals with the career of the colonial official Max Havelaar on Java in the Dutch East Indies. It ends when he reveals serious transgressions of his superiors and ultimately questions the entire colonial system. In 2002 the Dutch Max Planck Society declared the book “Max Havelaar” the most important work written in Dutch.

Die Kaffeemeisterin

Frankfurt 1729: After the death of her husband, Johanna, with the help of the Jewish musician Gabriel, manages to make the family’s coffee house the best in the city. Until a nasty intrigue drives them out of Frankfurt. Via Venice she flees to Constantinople, where she ascends to the coffee master of the sultan. But Johanna can never forget her homeland – nor her secret love for Gabriel

Der Duft von Kaffee und Kardamom

Badreya El-Beshr, born in Saudi Arabia in the early 1960s, tells the story of Hind, a young woman in her novel “The Fragrance of Coffee and Cardamom,” which is likely to be quite similar to the author’s. It is the story of the liberation from a tradition that can only appear to be of very limited appeal to those born as girls in Saudi Arabia.

CAMBUTA: Frost auf den Kaffeeblüten

The young tropical planter Carl breaks in 1931 in a new life. At the tender age of only 21, he dares to step from the German colonial school in Werratal to the central highlands of Angola, where the cultures of the German and Portuguese immigrants and the long-established Umbundo clash. He builds his own coffee plantation despite all adversities. It tells of the beauty of nature, the peculiarities of people and the dramatic events of terrorism and civil war from the 1960s – and, of course, love.


Daniel fills an old dream and opens a cafe. Even the way to the opening is paved with good advice and disasters. But the worst is yet to come: guests! A restless poodle grandma, a down-to-earth hipster, a football coach with an alcohol problem, a supposed prodigy named Jonas Hortensius, and Daniel’s parents and his wife Aylin’s Turkish family. With all the absurd situations and wonderful characters, in the end you just want to be a regular at this café.

Ein Coffee to go in Togo

One day, business consultant Markus Weber throws his perfect world over the edge and rushes headlong into an adventure. He sits down on his bike and drives off – through 26 countries, to Togo. His journey takes him through deserted Eastern European villages and over grueling sandy tracks in West Africa. He hitchhikes through the Sahara, cycles through the undeveloped Guinean rainforest and smugglers across closed border crossings in Liberia. Everything to answer two questions: Who am I? And: is there actually coffee to go in Togo?

Der Duft des Kaffees

Ethiopian highland or Colombian bad weather harvest? Hans Brionis is the owner of a small coffee roasting company. Just before Christmas, a story changes Brioni’s life. The cause is poisoned beans. Is it an extortion or the act of a madman? In search of the wire-pullers, an inexperienced reporter dives into Brioni’s world and discovers the magic of a drink. The hunt for the perpetrators leads across central Europe, from Berlin to Vienna, to the city of coffee houses.

Schwarzer Tod: Köstliche Krimis um heiße Getränke

These twenty-four short stories are all about murderously inspiring hot drinks. Toxic mocha droplets, lingering night shift policemen and caffeine-addicted private snoopers offer a highly entertaining mix of tart and mild, from mild to vigorous, from sinister tragedy to serene crime comedy.

Kaffee oder Das Aroma der Liebe

1895: Der Londoner Dichter Dandy Robert Wallis hat Schulden. Er will aber keinen Handschlag tun, um seinen Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen. Da erhält er den Auftrag: „Erfinde eine universell verständliche Sprache für das Aroma von Kaffee!“ von Samuel Pinker, einem schwerreichen Kaffeehändler und einer der ersten Big Player der globalisierten Geschäftswelt Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts. Der Beginn einer furiosen Liebesgeschichte, die nach Afrika, Südamerika und in den Tod führen wird – und darüber hinaus.

Der erste Kaffee am Morgen

Nichts ist besser als der erste Kaffee am Morgen. Keiner schmeckt besser, keiner duftet intensiver. Das weiß auch Massimo Tiberi, Besitzer einer kleinen Bar in Trastevere im Herzen von Rom. Als sich eines Tages eine junge Frau ins Tiberi verirrt, ist es um den Barista geschehen. Doch leider spricht die junge Unbekannte kein Italienisch. Und – was fast noch schlimmer ist! – sie trinkt keinen Kaffee …

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