Coffee Talk: Episode 2 - Hibiscus & Butterfly

Coffee Talk: Episode 2 - Hibiscus & Butterfly

released on Apr 20, 2023

Coffee Talk: Episode 2 - Hibiscus & Butterfly

released on Apr 20, 2023

Dust off your coffee machine and prepare your warmest smile to meet your customers again in the second episode of the much loved coffee brewing and heart-to-heart talking simulator; Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly.


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Sehr schöner Nachfolger. Leider komplizierter als im Vorgänger alles zu entdecken für weniger direkte lore.

This is more Coffee Talk, which is amazing, of course. I think that overall the character arcs are a little bit weaker in this one, but I enjoyed the new characters introduced quite a bit so it balances out.

Besides that, Hyde spits some absolutely fire bars in this game, and I'm just gonna rate this 4/5 because that dude drops by exactly 4 days. Therefore, even though he could have appeared more, it's an actually good thing he didn't, otherwise I'd have to rate this 6/5 or something and that would be quirky.

it's not a 5/5 star for me bc Hyde doesn't come to the cafe every day

Much like the first one, Coffee Talk 2 is a practical exercise in empathy, humanity and thoughtfulness. It invites the player to play the role of a mostly passive listener barista and watch as the characters' relationships grow day by day while you serve them drinks.

Speaking like that, it may seem like the game's an analytical and detached experience. It's anything but that. It's warm, cozy, embracing and soulful - you can't help but put yourself in your customer's - and later friend's - shoes, reflecting about what led them there in the first place, their current situation, troubles or expectations for the future. There will always be something you'll relate to.

I don't consider myself soppy, but it's one of the few games that left me misty-eyed by the end not because I was sad, but happy. Tears of happiness and gratefulness for being allowed a glimpse into these people's lives and watching first hand how they grew and changed as a result of the events that unfolded in your coffee shop.

Episode 2 explores challenging themes in a nuanced and non-intrusive way. Much like a center filled lollipop, you lick at it little by little until you suddenly reach the chewing gum filling and realize "wait, so this was about X all this time?". It isn't preachy and doesn't force you to engage with them, but it's there and it's an essential part of understanding the driving forces behind each character's decisions.

It legitimately makes you a better person. I couldn't help but message my friends after each playing session, feeling grateful for our mutual friendship and affection. Coffee Talk 1 is what made me finally commit into coffee making as a hobby and dream of, hopefully one day, opening a local coffee stand!

Just a chill visual novel. Went through once, no desire to discover all the bad, normal, good and extra good secret endings