A Coffee Shop AU is a popular fanfiction genre in which the primary characters (the OTP) meet and fall in love in a coffee shop. Over the years, it has grown into one of the most ubiquitous genres across fandoms.
Headcanon Magazine’s issue I: spill the beans features works from Sadhvi Dash, Tiana Gaudioso, Nowa, Lilacmel (Melinda), Anushka Bidani, Lynne Schmidt, Katharine E. McCain, Anthony Garcia, Justine Norton-Kertson, Chloe Sheila, Lucca Hermes, Call-Me-Kayyyyy, Emily Hizny, Siddhi Joshi, TigerPrawn, Ari Ochoa Petzold, and Daisy May Cooper. All these works engage with the Coffee Shop AU genre; and attempt to chart new lines of thinking about the way we create and consume art within this genre.
Coffee Shop AU fics are known for being comforting and feel-good. With this issue, we hope we are able to share a slice of that happy pie with you.
Introduction /Anushka Bidani
notes of chocolate and spice | A Playlist /Tiana Gaudioso
Coeur De Café /Nowa
Machiatto & Affogato /Lilacmel (Melinda)
Bean There, Drank That /Anushka Bidani
If I Were Your Coffee Mug /Lynne Schmidt
Love in the Time of Covid: The Emerging Hybrid of Quarantine Fics and Coffee Shop AUs /Katharine E. McCain
Why Do Fans Love It A Latte?: An Interview with Katharine McCain /Anushka Bidani
Dearest Coffee House on the Corner, /Anthony Garcia
Janeway’s First Cup /Justine Norton-Kertson
‘I Love A Coffee Shop AU’ And Other Ways To Immediately Let Me Know You’ve Never Worked In One /Chloe Sheila
Package Handling: Assistance Required /Lucca Hermes
Creamy, Thick, and Frothy /Call-Me-Kayyyyy
Lovely Lemon Tea /Emily Hizny
A Brewed Backdoor /Siddhi Joshi
Café Inferno /TigerPrawn
How Coffee Shop AUs are the Perfect Example of Why Fanfiction Culture Thrives and Always Will: A Barista’s Perspective /Tiana Gaudioso
What if we were allowed to just exist and be happy? /Ari Ochoa Petzold
Coffee and Creativity: Why the Coffee Shop created The Beatles /Daisy May Cooper