As I mentioned, this summer I had the amazing opportunity to teach a series of Coffee Brewing 101 classes at the Indianapolis Public Library. It was just a small part of the amazing free programming from our friends at the library, including the Adult Summer Reading Program!

I worked with our friends at IndyPL to put together a list of coffee-related books for your TBR list, and I wanted to tell you about a few of my favorites.

You can check out the full Coffee Brewing 101 list over on the Indianapolis Public Library website.


Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

When I came across Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, I snatched it up super quickly.

I am typically not a fiction reader, but I was fully entranced by this short novel.

Not to spoil too much, but Before the Coffee Gets Cold transports you to a small back-alley café in Tokyo where local legend says that this shop offers more than just coffee—it also gives you the chance to travel back in time.

I laughed. I was surprised. I mostly just cried. I fully recommend.


Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

So many of you have recommended Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree to me since it was published in 2022. Again, I personally and typically lean toward non-fiction, but too many of you recommended this to me, so I eventually had to pick it up.

This novel is nothing short of cozy. It is a light-hearted and easy read that whisks you away to a whimsical world reminiscent of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign (but without the combat).

If you’re looking for a light read about a fantasy coffee shop, this book is for you.


How to Make the Best Coffee at Home by James Hoffmann

If you’re a super coffee nerd, you already know who James Hoffmann is, and you probably have a strong opinion about him one way or the other. 😂

James Hoffmann has skyrocketed into coffee fame over the last few years, mostly due to his wildly popular YouTube channel about coffee.

I love James and have learned a lot from him over the years. That being said, his audience is typically super technical, so his content isn’t always easy to digest for the regular coffee drinker.

If you’re looking into getting deeper into your coffee nerdiness, How to Make the Best Coffee at Home by James Hoffmann is a great book to dive into.


Craft Coffee by Jessica Easto

Craft Coffee by Jessica Easto is also another opportunity for gaining a deeper knowledge of coffee. It is comprehensive and super accessible, so coffee brewers of all skill levels can learn from Jessica.

Similarly to how I approached the Coffee Brewing 101 classes at the Library, Craft Coffee takes you on a personal coffee journey, starting at the coffee farms. It takes you through many different manually brewing methods and breaks them down in really digestible ways (unlike the wild amount of information on the internet that is often hard to sift through).


Batch, Issues 1 & 2 by the Indianapolis Coffee Guide 😉

I MEAN, I would be doing everyone a disservice by not reminding you that Batch, our magazine, is available to checkout from the Indianapolis Public Library. 🙂

Each issue of Batch is hyper-focused on the amazing local coffee scene here in Indianapolis. We work so hard to tell the stories of local coffee in tandem with approachable knowledge from every side of the counter. Batch is full of so many stories and beautiful photos of our friends and neighbors in the coffee community. I am so proud that it exists. I am so proud that it is available through the Library. (And I obviously have no idea how it showed up on this list. 😇)

Check out Batch 1 and Batch 2 from the Library!

Read later: Batch Magazine is in the Indianapolis Public Library!

So many coffee books at the Library

These are just a few of the coffee books I’ve read that are available at the Indianapolis Public Library, and there are so so so many more for your perusing!

Check out the full curated list of Coffee Brewing 101 book recommendations from our friends at the library. (Hi, Jill!)