How Many Times Does Stieg Larsson Mention Coffee?

15 Feb

Stieg Larsson is the author of The Girl Who series, which includes The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.  If you have read those books, or even just one of them, I’m sure you must have noticed the fact that they mention coffee about a million times in each book.  The books are all set in Sweden, and according to Wikipedia Sweden is one of the heaviest coffee-drinking countries in the world.  I guess that explains it, at least partially.  I think I could get used to Sweden just based on their coffee consumption!  Maybe I need to plan a trip there!

So, I decided to see just how many times coffee is mentioned in each book, just out of my own curiosity.  Luckily I have a kindle that allows me to search for a word, otherwise there’s no way I’d set out to try to find out if they were paper copies.  Here are the results:

Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: 118

played with fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire: 107


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest: 103

That’s a grand total of 328 times that the word coffee is mentioned in the series!  I wonder if there are any other books out there where one word is so common (and no I don’t mean words like, the, and, of, it, etc).  I’m sure there are, but I can’t think of any. 

I think one of the reasons I noticed it every single time they went to brew some coffee is because I love coffee!  Just reading the books my mouth was watering each time they mentioned it.  I was shocked to find that they would get home super late from a long day at the office, or whatever had been going on that day, and they would go immediately to make coffee.  Morning, noon, night, middle of the night, always having coffee, with open-faced sandwiches of course!

I think I’m going to go make some coffee now!


5 Responses to “How Many Times Does Stieg Larsson Mention Coffee?”

  1. Unladylike Behavior at 9:15 am #

    I’ve heard that the books are good, and you just tugged on my coffee-loving heart… I think I may have to read the series now.

    • shauna825 at 9:16 am #

      It’s really good. Totally worth reading. I thought the first was the best (although be prepared for a slow start, it gets good)! If you love strong female characters you’ll love Lisbeth Salander, she’s my favorite!

  2. The modern flaneuse at 11:37 am #

    Fantastic article! I’m just finishing the second book. I too have noticed an increase in my coffee consumption and thought it’d be interesting to see how many times Larsson mentioned the word (which seemed rather frequent). Thanks for sharing your research!

  3. Paul at 8:38 am #

    Hi Shauna, and thanks! I’m about halfway through the third book and finally had to check out the coffee question. I alternate between annoyance and the feeling of comic relief when he constantly introduces this. When he makes rare changes, such as tea, it makes me laugh harder. So far I prefer the second book, as it jumps right into the action and doesn’t let up. I’m curious what other strong female characters you might recommend?
    I think I’ll go have some coffee and a sandwich. Paul

    • shauna825 at 9:12 am #

      Paul, I’d recommend Katniss from the Hunger Games if you haven’t read that yet. Not the same kind of “strong female” character, but she’s still really awesome and the books are really good!

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