For many readers, books and coffee go hand-in-hand. And a library devoted to coffee sounds like something pretty close to heaven.
Recently, Starbucks commissioned a pop-up “library” in Tokyo to highlight the natural connection between coffee and reading.
Here’s the description from the designer of the library:
A pop-up shop dedicated to Starbucks’ espresso drinks, in which visitors can learn more about drinks like lattes, cappuccinos and cafe mochas. We designed the space to be like a library, with bookshelves. On the shelves, we positioned books with covers in nine different colors. Each color of book corresponds to a different espresso drink. Visitors can stroll around the space, freely pulling books off the shelves to read and choose the drink that best suits them. At the counter, visitors can trade the book for an actual espresso drink, but retain the book cover which tells them about the drink they have chosen, to use as a book cover, as they like. The reverse side of the book cover has been punched into a tall or short size tumbler insert, which can be used in a Starbucks Create Your Own Tumbler. The ‘library’ invites visitors to choose an espresso drink as they would a book, and verse themselves in espresso drinks as though quietly entering into a fictional world.
So yeah, it’s a publicity stunt, but dang it, it worked, didn’t it? Check it out.