Coffee and Books – The Perfect Pairing

Coffee and Books – The Perfect Pairing

*sponsored content* “Give me a good cup of coffee and a book I love and I’ll forever be yours.” Coffee and Books most certainly are two of my all-time favourite things in life. Apart from that special moment right before a kiss when you’re looking into each other’s eyes anticipating the next move, the feeling of ocean waves slowly crawling over your feet, the tickling sensation of sun rays on your skin in summer and the sound of rain hitting your windows on a slow Sunday. 

It’s not a secret that I do love coffee and reading. And as you guys seem to enjoy reading my Bookclub posts, I thought why not pair the two together and tell you a bit about my preferred coffee and books pairing. I am a firm believer that there’s the right book for each phase in your life. Furthermore, that also applies to parts of the day. When you drink loads of coffee at home, you’ll inevitably face the question of what to do with all those used capsules. That’s why I’m talking you through my Nespresso recycling story at the end of this post. Feel free to share your tips in the comments – I’m always looking for ways to live a bit more sustainably.

Coffee and BooksThe Perfect Pairing 

Let's get lost in a world of coffee and books, magical moments and lots of happiness. Sharing the perfect pairing of coffee and books throughout the day.

THE MORNING COFFEE || Soy Cappuccino and an old Favourite, The Great Gatsby

I have a habit of rereading my favourite books, or passages of it, over and over again. And since The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is my all-time favourite read, it’s also the one that I most frequently grab in the mornings with my soy cappuccino. The coffee I usually have in the morning is the most important one of the day for me – a large cup of soy cappuccino prepared with either Envivo or Vivalto Lungo capsules and lots of warm and foamy soy milk on top.

Other books to pair with your morning cappuccino:

Let's get lost in a world of coffee and books, magical moments and lots of happiness. Sharing the perfect pairing of coffee and books throughout the day.

AFTERNOON COFFEE || Iced Latte and the Inspiring Read, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k 

My cappuccino usually get’s me through the morning just fine. After lunch, however, I tend to experience a decline in motivation and the urgent need of a nap. So I just substitute the nap with a huge glass of iced latte and a little break in which I read an inspiring and motivating book. For my iced latte I usually use the Vanilio Variations capsules from Nespresso together with a Roma Capsule. I then top off the coffee with lots of ice cubes and fill the glass with either soy or almond milk, depending on what I have at home.

Other books to pair with your afternoon pick me up coffee:

EVENING BLISS || Decaf Espresso and a Leisure Read, The Book Of Lost Things

In the evenings I like to take some time off and enjoy some me-time. This, I usually do by making myself a decaf Ristretto as a post-dinner treat and sit down with a good book in hand. One that I read for leisure and pleasure only, no obligations for Uni or work whatsoever.

Other great evening reads:


With great coffee consumption comes great responsibility. (See what I did there, eh?) And I’m aware that I do drink lots of coffee – believe me, my bank account does make that quite obvious. Also, I know that capsule machines aren’t the most sustainable way of preparing your coffee at home. However, that is a luxury that I cannot abstain from. I’ve always been aware of the problems my coffee addictions come with – such as waste. That is why, for example, I hardly ever order coffee to-go but rather sit down in my favorite cafe and drink my coffee there. I personally think that supporting sustainability and trying our best is up to each of us. And in the end – it’s the little things that count, isn’t it? 

My Nespresso capsules I’ve recycled from day one. I vividly remember when my mom got her first machine right after it came out here in Austria and we wondered what we should do with all that aluminum. Quickly, however, we found someone in town who used to make all kinds of gadget out of them – bags, jewelry, little plant hangers, etc. So cool! The coffee ground we used for the plants and coffee scrubs.

In Graz, however, I collect my capsules in their recycling bags and bring them to the store whenever I go there to get more coffee. This way this doesn’t feel like an extra step and I know that my capsules will be recycled and turned into new things made from aluminum.

Recycling made easy 

I always felt like it’s my duty as a customer to try to find ways to reduce waste and recycle wherever I can. Sure, a zero waste lifestyle would be even better. I’m not going to lie to you, though, that’s just not what I am about. Rather, I try to do my best where I can. And that’s the most important thing, isn’t it? To TRY and give back.

As part of their “The Positive Cup” initiative, Nespresso does exactly that. They try to give their best in recycling and re-using all that aluminum. For example, did they turn some of the capsules into these super fancy limited edition pocket knives in collaboration with the Swiss brand Victorinox.

This weekend you have the chance to win one of ten (10) of these on both my Instagram and Facebook account – so make sure to follow along and leave a comment on the latest pictures. I think they’re perfect for summer hikes, as a present for your boyfriends, fathers or simply because you’re a strong and independent woman and you need all the gadgets to survive on your own #GRLPWR ;) 

What do you do with your Nespresso capsules after using? And what’s your fav pairing of coffee and books? Let’s chat in the comments down below.

- In friendly collaboration with Nespresso, thank you! -


    • 23rd June 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Coffee is bae, right xx

  1. 23rd June 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Ach, ich liebe deine Bücherposts! Und dieser hier ist nochmal etwas ganz Besonderes :) Wahrscheinlich eine der am besten umgesetztesten Kooperationen, die ich seit langem gesehen habe! Ich liebe die Idee mit den Pairings und habe gerade noch einige echt interessante Bücher entdeckt und auf meine want-to-read-Liste gesetzt :) Vielen Dank also für diesen tollen Post!
    Liebe Grüße,
    Svenja ( )

    • 23rd June 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Oh vielen lieben Dank für das unfassbar tolle Kommentar. Ich freu mich riesig das der Post dir gefällt! Hab ein tolles Wochenende x

  2. 25th June 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Was für ein geniales Story Telling – mega gut umgesetzt! Ich trinke gerade den Caramelito von Nespresso – mein Liebling!

    Ich nehme mit übrigens zu jeder Reise erneut vor, etwas zu lesen und schaffe es doch nicht! Irgendwelche Tipps für Abhilfe? ;)

    XX aus Nürnberg
    Want Get Repeat

    • 25th June 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Oh vielen lieben Dank Jecky, das freut mich richtig.
      Ganz ehrlich – mir hilft es schon einfach mal das Handy weg zu legen und ein gutes Buch in die Hand zu nehmen, ich verschwende so viel Zeit am Handy die ich viel besser mit lesen verbringen könnte, haha x

  3. 25th June 2017 / 3:02 pm

    I loved this post! I too love books and I’ve just hopped on the coffee wagon and bought a Nespresso myself. I love it but I honk about the waste too. We usually bring it back to the store in the bag they give us when we go to buy more. But love those book selections you put in here, I’ll give them a read!

    • 25th June 2017 / 4:13 pm

      thank you so much. yeah me too, i think they make it so easy to recycle their pods/capsules x
      have a nice weekend babe

  4. 25th June 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Oh I love this idea! It’s so cool that someone made all those things out of the pods and it’s nice that you can just take it back to the store. Need to try out some of your recommendations for breakfast, poetry with a cappuccino sounds so relaxing!

    • 25th June 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much. Yes poetry in the morning is the epitome of a blissful start into the day x

    • 26th June 2017 / 8:22 am

      gotta love a nespresso – so easy to handle and it makes the most delicious coffee at home. yumm x

  5. 26th June 2017 / 12:41 am

    Oh yummy! Love me some coffee :)

  6. 26th June 2017 / 6:33 am

    I want to read these books soooo much :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

    • 26th June 2017 / 8:22 am

      thanks for reading Sofia x

  7. 26th June 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Schöner Post Kerstin, meine beige Nespresso Maschine liebe ich auch – aber nur weil sie so schön in unsere Küche passt, mein Freund liebt Kaffee, gerade auch Nespresso. Ich leider nicht… riecht morgens aber immer herrlich

    Sehr schöne Fotos hast du auch :)

    – Liebe Grüße,

    • 27th June 2017 / 8:41 am

      Oh danke Amanda. Hach der Geruch von Kaffee *yumm

  8. 27th June 2017 / 4:15 am

    There is honestly nothing better than a good book and a warm cup of coffee (or tea!) to spend hours and hours with. That is me and Ben’s biggest indulgence in a typical week. It’s so therapeutic! And I’ve never really thought about the fact that different beverages pair with different books, but you’re so right!

    As a teacher, I’m always looking for little things like the Nespresso cups for crafts and projects, so another option is to ask schools or daycares if they’d like them!

    Susie |

    • 27th June 2017 / 8:41 am

      Oh that is such a lovely idea. Kids are so creative – I’m sure they can make the cutest things from the pods :)
      And you’re so right. there’s nothing better than reading and enjoying your beverage of choice.

  9. 28th June 2017 / 4:06 pm

    That’s actually such a great recycling programme! (And that Swiss knife looks really pretty too). You’re so right; nothing goes together better than books and coffee!

    xx Pia

    • 30th June 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks a lot babe. It’s funny how many people don’t even know about this programme – but it’s so incredibly easy.

  10. Carrie
    28th June 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Ich trinke ja kaum Kaffee, aber wenn dann muss es Nespresso sein. Toller Beitrag

    • 30th June 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Oh wie kann man denn keinen Kaffee trinken!! haha
      danke Carrie x

  11. 7th July 2017 / 8:36 am

    A big fan of books and coffee here as well! <3

    • 7th July 2017 / 11:09 pm

      There’s just nothing better x

  12. Liska
    8th July 2017 / 7:55 am

    Liebe Kerstin,

    das ist so ein schöner Post! Toll durchdacht und sehr kreativ, insbesondere die Buchtipps haben mir gefallen. Ich habe eigentlich keine bestimmten Lesezeiten für meine Bücher, da fahre ich mehr die “ganz oder gar nicht” Methode :D
    Momentan lese ich den zweiten Band von Name of the Wind. Ich weiß nicht ob du davon schon gehört hast, aber das ist mir Abstand das beste Buch, das ich im letzten Jahr gelesen habe! Du als fellow Harry Potter Fan wirst das sicher auch lieben.
    P.S.: Lass dich nicht vom Cover abschrecken, das ist wirklich ein wahrer Gem.

    • 8th July 2017 / 8:46 am

      Oh das klingt super, ich schau es mir direkt mal an. Manchmal darf man einfach nicht auf das COver achten und einfach drauf los lesen. Danke für den Tipp Liska x

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