What’s Brewing for International Coffee Day?

Today is International Coffee Day, and to help celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of some coffee-themed items you can reserve for Curbside Pickup or check out online in digital format through Overdrive/the Libby app or hoopla. You’ll find fun fiction titles set in coffee shops, caffeinated cozy mysteries, and even some books on the history of coffee and how to make your own at home! So sit back and relax with some coffeehouse or coffee-themed music from hoopla as you make and enjoy your cup o’ joe. 

When it comes to making your own craft coffee at home, it can be overwhelming just to figure out what equipment you need. Craft Coffee: A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home (which you can reserve in print format for Curbside Pickup or read as an ebook with no wait on hoopla) can help you figure that out, as well as what coffee to get and how to make it the way you want it every day. Treat yourself to a specialty coffee from one of the recipes in Coffee: The Ultimate Guide for The Coffee Lover. Or learn the science behind the bean in Lani Kingston’s How To Make Coffee. And if having tasty coffee isn’t enough, you can even make coffee-flavored treats to go with your morning brew. Pudding cups, waffles, coffee-braised ribs – these are just a few of the recipes in Cooking with Coffee by Brandi Evans. 

If you’re curious about coffee, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood’s The Coffee Dictionary: An A-Z of Coffee, From Growing & Roasting To Brewing & Tasting has everything in the alphabet you need to know about coffee! Learn about the techniques and equipment you can use to make it, and the beans and roasts to use. You can also learn about coffee from different places. Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour will reveal coffee experiences from espresso bars, plantation tours, urban roasteries, and cafes from 37 different countries around the world. Stop in New York with Erin Meister in New York City Coffee or Louisiana with Suzanne Stone for New Orleans Coffee. And if all of these titles make you want more, peruse the rest of the Coffee & Tea items on hoopla.

Would you like some murder with your coffee? Enjoy a nice cozy mystery as you drink your caffeinated or decaf delight. Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries begins with On What Grounds, in which coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi goes to work to find the assistant manager’s body in the back of the store. You can find many of the titles in regular print  or large print format to reserve for Curbside Pickup, or listen to the e-audiobooks right away on hoopla. 

If you’re not into murder mysteries, try the following fiction stories, which take place in coffee houses or relate to coffee in some way. In The Coffee Trader by David Liss, Miguel Lienzo partners with Geertruid Damhouder to introduce coffee to seventeenth-century Amsterdam. Sunny runs a coffee shop in Kabul in A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez. Chelsea works at a run-down old-fashioned coffee shop after separating from her NFL superstar husband in Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café by Max Lucado, with Eric Newman and Candace Lee. Katherine Reay’s character purchases and remodels the local coffee shop in Of Literature and Lattes, available in ebook and e-audiobook format on hoopla.

Whether you take your coffee with sugar or literature, there are many ways you can celebrate this popular morning beverage!

Cozy Mystery Reading

Check out these gentle reads with some mystery and mayhem!

The prolific writer Alexander McCall Smith is on his 20th volume of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which started in 1998. The latest title is To the Land of Long Lost Friends. Set in Botswana, Southern Africa, this series features Mma Precious Ramotswe, a private detective. With wisdom and humor, she deftly is able to solve cases. The gentle pace and likable characters make this a gem of a series. 

Brewed Awakening is Cleo Coyle’s 18th book in the extensive Coffeehouse Mystery Series, set in Greenwich Village, New York City. Clare Cosi, proprietor of the Village Blend coffee shop, and engaged to NYPD detective Mike Quinn, wakes up in Washington Square with no memory and a suspect in a kidnapping. For fans of mysteries and a good cup of coffee. Check out the audiobooks on hoopla.

Hannah Reed’s too-short trilogy, The Scottish Highlands Mysteries, is completely enjoyable. Beginning with Off Kilter, writer Eden Elliott decides to travel to Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands to work on her book. Her friend Ami Peterson urges her to go to recover from the death of her mother and her recent divorce. But when she arrives, there is a murder, and Eden finds herself helping the Police Inspector find the murderer.

The Body in the Wake is 25th in the Faith Fairchild mystery series by Katherine Hall Page. Faith is the wife of a minister in Aleford, Massachusetts. She is also a mother, caterer (recipes included), and amateur detective. Faith gets ready to attend the wedding of her friend’s daughter at their summer Penobscot Bay Maine cottage with familiar and likable characters from the previous series. Then a body is found in the lily pond. Check these ebooks out on Overdrive or hoopla

The Whole Enchilada is the 17th book in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson. The first book is Catering to Nobody. This is a classic series to enjoy, featuring sleuth and caterer Gold Schulz. Set in Aspen Valley, Colorado, the series starts with divorced mother Goldy Bear and eleven-year-old son Arch. As Goldy keeps busy running her business, Goldilocks Catering, she finds herself embroiled with a mystery. Homicide detective and future love interest Tom Schulz investigates the case. Titles from the series are accessible on Overdrive and hoopla. Recipes are included!

Furmidable Foes is the impressive 29th book in Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy Mysteries. The series started in 1990 with Wish You Were Here. Funny and whimsical mysteries for cat and dog lovers set in Virginia and featuring “Harry” Mary Minor Harirsteen and her cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and dogs, Tee Tucker and Pirate. Harry is married to veterinarian husband Fair. She is the postmistress and finds herself often solving a mystery. In this volume, there is a mystery with ties to the colonial past of the area involving an artifact of a diamond-and-pearl necklace. As always, there is the delightful subplot involving the animals’ adventures.

Check out more cozy mysteries collection in Overdrive and the ebook and audiobook cozies collections on hoopla!