7 Book and Coffee Pairings to Celebrate International Coffee Day

Celebrate International Coffee Day with the ultimate match made in heaven: books and coffee. Here are some invigorating book and coffee pairings for book lovers and coffee addicts alike!

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Even though International Coffee day was this past Tuesday, who says we still can’t celebrate the ever electrifying beverage? Celebrate with the ultimate match made in heaven: books and coffee. Here are some invigorating book and coffee pairings for book lovers and coffee addicts alike!



1. Mocha / How Hard Can it Be? By Alission Pearson

Only a witty novel with a lot of heart can match the sweet decadence of a classic mocha, and How Hard Can it Be does just that. The novel follows Kate Reddy, who is counting down the days until her fiftieth birthday, though not in a good way. Alone and on the brink of a mid-life crisis, Kate feels as if she has no one to talk to, leaving her in the middle of a weird hormone-infused breakdown, juggling monstrous teenagers, an oblivious husband, and a demanding new job. This hilarious and touching novel will pair perfectly with a cozy, sweet, chocolatey mocha.


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2. Latte / Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A classic latte pairs perfectly with an uber classic novel, such as Pride and Prejudice. Just a little espresso and steamed milk is all you need while reading this classic tale of spunky Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters as they deal with societal pressures in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century in England.


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3. Cappuccino / Call me By Your Name by André Aciman

Is this pairing cliche? Maybe. But every time I drink a delicious, little cappuccino, I can’t help but fantasize about frolicking through the Italian countryside. Bonus points if you have a lover to frolic with. There is no more perfect pairing than a sweet, but sophisticated cappuccino and the heart-breakingly romantic love story of Oliver and Elio.


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4. Flat White / The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 

The no-nonsense sibling of a cappuccino, the flat white pairs perfectly with the personal, heartbreaking tale of literary icon, Joan Didion. Joan shares the ups and downs, personal tragedy, and the experience of grieving in this moving account of one of the hardest years of her life. A straightforward flat white will keep you present and won’t be a distraction when you walk alongside Joan as she tells her devastatingly poignant story.


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5. Iced Coffee / The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This electrifying, iced cup of joe needs a book pairing that is equally as thrilling. The dazzling tale of Jay Gatsby and his extraordinary parties thrown in the hopes of rekindling a lost love is the perfect match for a chilling and stimulating iced coffee. Lavish parties and grand romantic gestures meet their match with this invigorating but cold beverage.


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6. Black Coffee / The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

There’s nothing more classic than a plain old cup of joe. Pair it with a classic novel, like The Catcher in the Rye for the perfect book and coffee pairing. Following sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield as he deals with feelings of angst and alienation, the novel takes us as he hides out in New York City following his last days at a fashionable prep school after flunking out. A no-nonsense type of guy who hates “phoniness”, Holden Caulfield would certainly be reaching for a black coffee over a frilly frappuccino.


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7. Affogato / Normal People by Sally Rooney

Just like the bitter and sweet affogato, Normal People is an exceptionally bittersweet story about the harsh realities of love and relationships over the years. Marianne and Connell’s complex relationship begins in their teenage years and follows the pair as they weave in and out of each others’ lives into adulthood. Beautifully honest, endearing, and heartbreaking all in one, this novel is certainly bittersweet. Pair it with a delicious affogato made with a mouthwatering scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with bitter espresso.


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