The Poetry of Coffee

As an amateur coffee roaster, I have been accused of being mildly obsessed with the magical elixir. So my antenna is always up for books about coffee. But I was not prepared to stumble upon a one-of-a-kind, single copy poetry book devoted to coffee.

“coffee is a language in itself [dixit jackie chan]” is the work of Belgian poet Akim A.J. Willems, who is well known in the Low Countries for his spoken word poetry. This unique volume was printed in a single copy, numbered and signed by the author. Along with the poems and pencil sketches, cups of coffee and cappuccino that have left their marks.

I managed to track the only copy of the book to an antiquarian and rare bookseller in Leiden, Netherlands. The one-off artbook is available for just €125 if you are interested.


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