The 2019 Coffee Spot Calendar

Barista skills in action: pouring two Kalita Wave filters simultaneously at Verve Coffee Roasters in Omotesando, Tokyo.It’s that time of year again! The Coffee Spot Calendar is now into its sixth year! As always, the calendars are professionally-printed on glossy paper, each month featuring a landscape, A4 picture from one of my favourite Coffee Spots of the last 12 months. This year I’ve been ridiculously busy, so when it came to selecting the pictures, I relied heavy on my friend Keith, a long-time supporter of the Coffee Spot Calendar, who has an excellent eye for a good picture.

Indeed, it was touch-and-go as to whether I’d actually produce a calendar this year, so thanks to Keith, Amanda and everyone else who has encouraged and cajoled me into action. The calendars cost £12.00 (£10.00 for the desktop version) with a flat £2.00 postage and packing charge, regardless of how many you order. If you think we’re likely to meet up in the near future, I’ll waive the postage and hand your calendar over in person! You’ll find prices if you’re ordering from outside the UK after the gallery.

Unfortunately, work commitments have meant that I’m very late (again) in producing this year’s calendars, so while I’ll do my best, I can’t guarantee that they’ll arrive before Christmas.

The gallery shows the Coffee Spots featuring in this year’s calendar.

  • Cover: I take my coffee to all the best places! This year, Red Rock Country, Arizona.
  • January: awesome latte art skills from the Coffee Lab in Stockbridge.
  • February: synchronicity from the baristas of Shin Coffee in Ho Chi Minh City
  • March: small is beautiful at Size S Coffee + Bakery in Bangkok.
  • April: on your bike at Flat White Cafe in Durham
  • May: small, cosy and welcoming at Surrey Hills Coffee, London Square, Guildford.
  • June: I take my coffee to all the best places (again): my Eco To Go Cup at Lord's
  • July: the beautiful counter at Monks Coffee Roasters in Amsterdam.
  • August: my Global WAKEcup, turning heads at the Lazy Coffee Cart in London.
  • September: more synchronicity, this time at Verve Coffee Roasters in Omotesando, Tokyo.
  • October: Kokoa Collection hot chocolate in my HuskeeCup at Manchester Coffee Festival.
  • November: all the coffee and all the toys at Roscioli Caffè Pasticceria in Rome.
  • December: bringing some light to a gloomy day in The Coffee Dispensary, Cheltenham.
Cover: I take my coffee to all the best places! This year, Red Rock Country, Arizona.1 January: awesome latte art skills from the Coffee Lab in Stockbridge.2 February: synchronicity from the baristas of Shin Coffee in Ho Chi Minh City3 March: small is beautiful at Size S Coffee + Bakery in Bangkok.4 April: on your bike at Flat White Cafe in Durham5 May: small, cosy and welcoming at Surrey Hills Coffee, London Square, Guildford.6 June: I take my coffee to all the best places (again): my Eco To Go Cup at Lord's7 July: the beautiful counter at Monks Coffee Roasters in Amsterdam.8 August: my Global WAKEcup, turning heads at the Lazy Coffee Cart in London.9 September: more synchronicity, this time at Verve Coffee Roasters in Omotesando, Tokyo.10 October: Kokoa Collection hot chocolate in my HuskeeCup at Manchester Coffee Festival.11 November: all the coffee and all the toys at Roscioli Caffè Pasticceria in Rome.12 December: bringing some light to a gloomy day in The Coffee Dispensary, Cheltenham.13
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As you can see, there’s quite an international theme to this year’s Coffee Spot Calendar, reflecting the fact that I’ve been travelling even more this year. I’ve also featured my increasing family of reusable cups which goes hand-in-hand with the travelling. This year’s calendar features photographs from Arizona to Amsterdam, from Tokyo to Rome and from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok.

Since I’ve left things very late, I’m not really pushing this year’s calendar. I’ve printed a small number in advance, which I’ll use to fulfil initial orders, but after that, it will largely depend on whether my wonderful on-line printers, Vistaprint, can print small numbers on demand at a low-enough cost to make it worthwhile.

As in previous years, the baseline price is £12.00 for the full-sized, A4 calendar, while there’s also a desktop version for £10.00. If you’re ordering from outside of the UK, then I’m afraid I have to charge more for postage. For orders for Europe, postage and packing is £4.00 for one or two calendars, while for the rest of the world, it’s £6.00.

In previous years I have used PayPal buttons to allow you to order/pay for your calendars. However, I’ve been having trouble with the buttons and so have temporarily disabled them. I’ll post up the links once I get them working again or if I find an alternative. In the meantime, if you would to order a calendar, please get in touch and we will work something out (you can pay me either by bank transfer or PayPal). I’ll start shipping the calendars as soon as I receive them from the printers, but unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that they will reach you before Christmas, although I’ll do my best.

While I’m here, can I remind you that my book, The Philosophy of Coffee, is available from a wide range of bookshops and on-line retailers and makes for an excellent Christmas present.


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