The Espressologist

The Espressologist

by Kristina Springer
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The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374322281
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.74(d)
Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

KRISTINA SPRINGER lives outside Chicago, Illinois. This is her first novel.

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The Espressologist 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Jane had a crazy idea - she started writing down the types of coffee people ordered and created personality characteristics based on their drink of choice. At first, it was just something she did in her spare time at the coffee shop where she works. But when a regular customer comes in with news that he's now single, Jane looks through her book of coffee matches to find him the perfect date. When she does the same for her co-worker, Jane realizes that she's found something unique. Unfortunately, when her boss overhears her and her BFF talking about the results, he forces the truth out of them. Then he realizes Jane's talent will be perfect for their holiday promotion idea. She will set up couples who walk in and order coffee based on their drink choice and one tidbit of information. Jane's freaked out when she's put on the spot. Will this be the best promotion ever - or will Jane die of humiliation? THE ESPRESSOLOGIST is a cute romantic tale perfect for the winter season. I love the cover; it grabbed my attention right away. Throw in friendship drama, work issues, and a dash of school with the romance and you've got yourself a fun read with a side of coffee craving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy read. The overall story was really good, but the characters were weak. I also wish the book was a little longer, so that there was a more in depth storyline, but it was a quick read. It's a good book to read if you are in between books and looking for something light.
Angie-San-Francisco More than 1 year ago
Have you ever thought of finding love through coffee? No, not having a cup of coffee with someone or meeting up with a potential beau, but getting matched with someone based on your drink of choice. Kristina Springer creates coffee matches based on people's personalities. Jane aka the Espressologist keeps a notebook with her and jots down customers coffee orders and what she thinks about them and how they are. When she first started writing in her notebook, it was just something fun to do while she was at work, a coffee shop called Wired Joe's. The first time she made a match, she just hoped that the relationship would actually work, it did. Then she made another match, and another. She told her best friend, Em, and she decided to tell their boss what she was writing in her notebook. Thus, creating the stage name The Espressologist. Their boss, Derek, created a night once a week for Jane to match customers up. The Espressologist, presents the idea that we can have a soul mate or a date in the randomest of places and with a little gesture. The Espressologist is well written and Kristina Springer gives a lot of detail and at times keeps you on the edge of your seat because of what happens with Jane and her love life. This is one of the most original teen fictions books I've read because it presents a new idea of love. So if you love best friend drama, a complicated love life, romance, and even COFFEE this book is perfect for you.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Jane had a crazy idea - she started writing down the types of coffees people ordered and created personality characteristics based on their drink of choice. At first, it was just something she did in her spare time at the coffee shop where she works. But when a regular customer comes in with news that he's now single, Jane looks through her book of coffee matches to find him the perfect date. When she does the same for her co-worker, Jane realizes that she's found something unique. Unfortunately, when her boss overhears her and her BFF talking about the results, he forces the truth out of them. Then he realizes Jane's talent will be perfect for their holiday promotion idea. She will set up couples who walk in and order coffee based on their drink choice and one tidbit of information. Jane's freaked out when she's put on the spot. Will this best the best promotion ever or will Jane die of humiliation? A cute romantic tale perfect for this time of year. Love the cover - it grabbed my attention right away. Throw in a friendship drama, work issues, and a dash of school with the romance and you've got yourself fun read with a side of coffee craving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesomeness. pure awesomeness.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
A fun, light, sweet read! Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a sweet story that I read every free chance I had. It took less than a day to finish. The Espressologist kept me interested and wanting to see how it ended. This is a fun, light read.  I loved the new idea on matchmaking. I found this concept to be creative and different. I love the matching of people's drink preferences to their personalities. People are creatures of habit...always ordering the same thing (I know I do!)...and you have to wonder if their drinks really would depict their personalities.  I thought The Espressologist was a romantic read. I loved all of the different people lining up to find their one true match. Everyone deserves to be happy. I also loved it when Jane was surprised by people's drinks. One just never knows about some people.  Jane was a sweet girl who had found her calling matching personalities to drinks and to other people. Like a lot of matchmakers, she couldn't find her one true match. Jane was very well-written and I liked her a lot. The only downfall with Jane, in my opinion, was that she did not seem to care about school. She skipped a lot, including her college credit classes, and that was not the right message to send to teens who would be reading this book.  Cam is a great guy. So nice, so obvious! Derek was a great boss who liked Jane's ideas, especially the "Manager's Special." Derek loved the idea of the "espressologist" and ran with it. All of the other characters meshed well in the book with the appropriate focus on Jane and her craft.  Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. I loved it! Will I read it again: I just may read this book again...probably not every year, but I will pick this book up again. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute! I read it in one sitting; which took about ... two hours :)
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Angela Ramsey More than 1 year ago
This was an okay read, but it wasn't the best.
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teenage_dream_13 More than 1 year ago
i love coffee and love! so, this book was amazing! i highly recommend it!
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Jane works at a coffee shop called Wired Joe's. While there, she has an idea and begins matchmaking people based on their favorite drink, and it works! Next thing she knows, she's a hit as the Espressologist where more and more people ask for her help in finding that special someone. But Jane seem a little annoyed sometimes since she matched her best friend with her classmate Cam. But why should she feel that way since Jane rather be matched with Will? Don't really like coffee but I did like the book. Love the cover.
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Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
Jane is a clever barista at Wired's Joe's coffee shop. She studies her customers and amuses herself by making notes about how their personality relates to the drinks they order. Almost by accident, she begins comparing people's drink profiles and suggesting that they meet each other based on their personality compatability as revealed by their purchases. Pretty soon, her boss finds out about it and makes her match-making official: they hang out a sign proclaiming her The Espressologist, and customers come in to talk to her and find their java soulmate. Then her own love life gets tangled up when she matches her cool classmate with her best friend. A very quick, very cute read, and it's truly amusing for us reader/writer/student types who practically live in coffee shops. However, there were a few things that bothered me on a personal level. Jane is kind to her friends and wants them to be happy, but she has some flaws, and they're not endearing flaws, IMO. She's skipped weeks worth of classes at her high school and the community college where she's dual-enrolled. Her excuse is that she needs to work all the time to get money for the fashion design college she really wants to attend, but she seems to be an indifferent employee in a lot of ways. Slacking off isn't a crime, but when she slacks off of school to do work, then slacks of off work (after being promoted to assistant manager, no less!), I just can't support it. Still, we get a sweet, happy ending, and sometimes you just want a little more sugar and a little less espresso in your cup--if so, this is an adorable book and a good pick-me-up.