• The Various Flavours of Coffee

  • By: Anthony Capella
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2008 Anthony Capella (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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  • 03-20-13

Loved it!

The language in The Various Flavours of Coffee really benefits from being read aloud -- Anthony Capella's writing is beautiful. And Jonathan Aris' reading really does it a credit. He does a really fun variety of accents (the only somewhat-painful one being an American accent sometime midway through the book -- but it's a short piece, and only makes the rest of it better by comparison.)

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Highly recommend this title

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book as I was not familiar with the author or the narrator. 4-Star experience.

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So well written it could be mistaken as reality.

So thoroughly researched and well written it is feels like a true first hand account of the character's lives. Beautifully descriptive and intriguing. The narration is one of the best I have ever heard and perfectly embodies our young man on his journey. Perfection🤌

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  • 02-20-21

Various Flavours of Coffee

another great book by Anthony Capella. A warm story with romance and poignancy. v enjoyable. Excellent performance

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  • 08-04-11

The Various Flavours of Coffee

This was a good, solid read and I enjoyed it as much as I have other books by Anthony Capella. He has a way with descriptions of food (and drink) that is riveting and makes one want to go out for a quick cappuccino! I certainly learned a lot about coffee, the industry, the history and the 28 flavours and hope that his research is sound because it is certainly believable! His characterisations, on the other hand, are somewhat 2-dimensional and thus do not command the sympathy they could. Still, a good holiday read and drink your next cup of coffee with more respect!

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