Flash Review: The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

The Espressologist

How I got it: Local used bookstore

Genre: YA, chic lit

Summary: What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

With overtones of Jane Austen’s Emma and brimming with humor and heart, this sweet, frothy debut will be savored by readers.

Things I Liked

  • Coffee porn: The author was very good at describing the coffee shop and the drinks themselves, to the point that my mouth was actually watering. And I don’t even like coffee!
  • The idea of Espressology: I just think the idea of matching people based on their drink orders is really awesome. (Not so sure about the scientific accuracy of it, but whatevs.) It’s fun to think about, and it actually makes sense in a lot of ways that what kind of coffee you drink says a lot about you.
  • Derek: This guy made me smile. He’s just such an awkward turtle. He’s in charge of all these girls and you can tell he’s just like “I did not sign up for this”.
  • It was fun: I just finished reading something pretty heavy, so having something that took maybe an hour and a half to read was nice. I didn’t have to think hard and it was light and simple, which was a bit of a relief.

Things I Didn't Like

  • Jane: The main character was just really shallow and immature. I’m not sure if the author was basing her characters on what she thinks teenagers are really like, but honestly, an 18-year-old senior in high school? I understand she’s not going to be quoting Sophocles or anything, but a little emotional integrity and sense of responsibility wouldn’t have hurt.
  • Gabby Girlz: Just. No.
  • There wasn’t really a plot: I mean, there was, but it didn’t feel like it. It sort of just felt like a circular pattern of two steps. Step 1: Jane makes awesome match. Step 2: Jane whines. Rinse and repeat.


I had fun with it, even if it wasn’t what it could’ve been. I would’ve liked it a lot more if Jane had been a bit less of an airhead.


Three Stars

Recommend it?

Maybe to a younger teen

Purchase it:

Barnes & NobleAmazon | Book Depository

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