The brilliant new novel from Anthony Capella, author of the bestselling The Food of Love and The Wedding Officer.
It is 1895. Robert Wallis, would-be poet, bohemian and impoverished dandy, accepts a commission from coffee merchant Samuel Pinker to categorise the different tastes of coffee - and encounters Pinker s free-thinking daughters, Philomenia, Ada and Emily.
As romance blossoms with Emily, Robert realises that the Muse and marriage may not be incompatible after all. Sent to Abyssinia to make his fortune in the coffee trade, he becomes obsessed with a negro slave girl, Fikre. He decides to use the money he has saved to buy her from her owner - a decision that will change not only his own life, but the lives of the three Pinker sisters...
an erotic, exotic story set at the turn of the 20th century, which builds upon Mr Capella's reputation as a writer of gourmet fiction...imaginative storyline and boldly descriptive prose - The Economist
The Various Flavours of Coffee is a rollicking good read. - Weekend Australian
Beginning in 1895, this farranging novel is an intoxicating delight. So well described is the heady aroma of coffee that it's difficult to continue flipping its pages without desiring an accompanying shot of caffeine Like Patrick Suskind's Perfume, The Various Flavours of Coffee pays tribute to the olfactory senses. - The Age
The exceptional achievement of this saga is the way it mixes fantastical storytelling with a serious view of how we were back then - Country Style