A variety of people share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas during an afternoon at a San Francisco coffee shop in this independent comedy-drama. An elderly man (Pat Everett) reads a novel and finds it sends his imagination on a trip through his past. Two African-Americans in their mid-forties (Fred Pitts and Charles Blackburn) try to read the paper while often stopping to argue about the nature of racism in America and in themselves. Two friends (Chris Pflueger and J.P. Allen) play chess while discussing literature, with one enjoying his intellectual lead on his buddy just a bit too much. And as a published novelist (Janis DeLucia Allen) tries to enjoy her coffee, she's confronted by an aspiring writer (Chopper Bernet) who works as a paramedic; he insists on sharing with her his opinions about her work and herself while trying to get her to listen to a short story he's written. Coffee and Language was the first feature from writer and director J.P. Allen, who also plays one of the chess players.