This project began as a bunch of silly stories and scribbles in a notebook, written on smoke breaks and in-between shifts at one of those big corporate coffee chains in downtown Toronto, for Barista-Eyes-Only. Hidden in the backroom safe, this secret barista diary was eventually shared between co-workers, other cafés, passed on to customers, and then grew into a blog. Now, it's morphed into a full-length novel, Coffee Girl.
Clara Ellasdóttir may seem like just your average barista, trying to survive big-city life. But don't be fooled by the black apron and blouse covered in coffee stains. After a childhood frequenting cafés, skipping classes to do coffee runs, and smoking cigarettes in alleyways with celebrities, she's learned that the secret to getting what you want out of life, while keeping everyone else's dirty little secrets, comes down to making that perfect cup of coffee. From behind the counter, to the red carpet, Clara and her coffee girlfriends will take you on their wild adventures, romances and, of course, gossip, good to the last drop. This isn't your average Cinderella story. It's much more real.