The 2022 Coffee Spot Calendar

A pot of coffee for two at Reykjavik Roasters, Kárastígur. The coffee in question is La Cascada, a naturally-processed coffee from the Hulia region of Colombia, prepared through the Kalita Wave filter.After five years of being late in announcing the Coffee Spot Calendar and vowing that next year I will be better prepared and get it out earlier, I’ve given up. Instead, I’ve decided that 4th December is perfect for launching the Coffee Spot Calendar (although this year I have a decent excuse since I’ve spent the bulk of November in America). So, with that out of the way, please say hello to the 2022 Coffee Spot Calendar, which is now on sale.

As always, it’s professionally-printed on glossy paper, each month featuring a landscape, A4 picture from one of my favourite Coffee Spots of the last 12 months. The calendars cost £15.00 (£10.00 for the desktop version) with a flat £2.50 postage and packing charge, regardless of order size. If you think we’re likely to meet up in the near future, then there’s a no-postage option: pick this and I’ll hand your calendar over in person! If you’re ordering from outside the UK, then the postage will be more, I’m afraid (full details after the gallery).

If you order by the end of next week, I should be able to get your calendar to you before Christmas (for UK orders).

The gallery shows the Coffee Spots that will be featured in this year’s calendar.

  • Cover: I take my coffee to all the best places! This year, the continental divide in Iceland.
  • January: looking back on 2020/2021 with Lockdown Bakehouse in Wandsworth, London.
  • February: the fabulous lights of Tilt in Birmingham brighten the shortest month.
  • March: where better to enjoy your coffee than overlooking Heartland Coffee Roasters?
  • April: one of my surprise finds of 2021, Lily London, occupying a Guildford telephone box.
  • May: as the weather improves, let's all sit outside in the sun at Espresso Farm.
  • June: I think that the wall at Wags N Tales in Surbiton says it all.
  • July: a pot of coffee for two at Reykjavik Roasters, Kárastígur.
  • August: back outdoors and amongst the trees in The Green Wood Café in Ironbridge.
  • September: under the railway arches at the WatchHouse Roastery, Bermondsey, London.
  • October: does your coffee machine tell you a story? Story Coffee, Wandsworth, London.
  • November: staying in London with the lantern-shaped Lantern Coffee in Bermondsey.
  • December: ending the year with some roasting hot beans at The Roastery at Cobham.
Cover: I take my coffee to all the best places! This year, the continental divide in Iceland.1 January: looking back on 2020/2021 with Lockdown Bakehouse in Wandsworth, London.2 February: the fabulous lights of Tilt in Birmingham brighten the shortest month.3 March: where better to enjoy your coffee than overlooking Heartland Coffee Roasters?4 April: one of my surprise finds of 2021, Lily London, occupying a Guildford telephone box.5 May: as the weather improves, let's all sit outside in the sun at Espresso Farm.6 June: I think that the wall at Wags N Tales in Surbiton says it all.7 July: a pot of coffee for two at Reykjavik Roasters, Kárastígur.8 August: back outdoors and amongst the trees in The Green Wood Café in Ironbridge.9 September: under the railway arches at the WatchHouse Roastery, Bermondsey, London.10 October: does your coffee machine tell you a story? Story Coffee, Wandsworth, London.11 November: staying in London with the lantern-shaped Lantern Coffee in Bermondsey.12 December: ending the year with some roasting hot beans at The Roastery at Cobham.13
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The Coffee Spot Calendar has always had an international theme and this year is no different, with a couple of entries from my trip to Iceland in July (including the cover). Not that I’ve neglected places closer to home, although with COVID-19 restrictions in force at the start of the year and rates soaring again as the year comes to a close, I’ve haven’t travelled as widely as I’d like. Instead, I’ve stayed close to home, with the calendar featuring places from London, Cobham and my home town of Guildford, while I’ve also popped into coffee shops as I’ve made my way to and from my Dad’s in North Wales, which accounts for Birmingham, Solihull, Ironbridge and Llandudno. There’s the usual landscape on the cover, while inside there’s a mix of coffee shop interiors and exteriors, the coffee itself, and, of course, the obligatory lighting picture.

As I’ve done for the last few years, I’ve printed a small number of calendars, which I’ll use to fulfil initial orders, but after that, it will largely depend on whether my on-line printers, Vistaprint, can print small numbers on demand at a low-enough cost to make it worthwhile. Depending on pricing, I may, unfortunately, have to put up the price once the initial print run has sold out.

Talking of which, you can buy the Coffee Spot Calendar from my on-line shop. A full-sized, A4 calendar is £15.00, while a desktop version costs £10.00. Note that the design of the desktop calendar has changed significantly compared to the design in previous years (not my choice: I am dependent on the templates offered by the printers and the old design has been discontinued). You can find details of the new design on the calendar’s product page.

In the UK, there’s a flat postage and packing fee of £2.50. If you’re ordering from Europe, postage and packing is £5.00 for one or two calendars, while for the rest of the world, it’s £7.50, all of which is the same price as last year.

While I’m here, can I remind you that my book, The Philosophy of Coffee, is  also available. It makes for an excellent Christmas present and you can buy signed copies direct from me via the on-line shop. It’s also stocked in wide range of bookshops and on-line retailers both in the UK and, increasingly, around the world.


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