Back in 2015, Zarah was looking for a job that would involve eating and drinking delicious things, but one that would also let her clock off early to go to band practice. With a background in sound engineering, music was her first love but coffee soon took its place! She started at Workshop Coffee, where the buzz of the cafe environment really captured her heart. Slowly but surely, it dawned on her that she could make a living talking to people and drinking coffee all day - what a dream!
Over the next few years, she would pour all her energy into learning as much as she could about the coffee business and in 2018, she sold all her synthesisers to fund the start of Calendar! Zarah now spends most of her time looking after wholesale customers and gets a good kick from seeing the brand pop up in random and unlikely locations. Her goal is to make high quality coffee more accessible and easy to drink.
Tropical and creamy flavour profiles, usually from Ecuador, but I do love boshing a good solid Colombian on batch brew too!''
One of the founders of Calendar, Dan is responsible for sourcing, roasting and quality control of all our coffees. With a degree in Biology and a background in bartending, Dan's career in coffee was a happy accident. He tasted his first speciality coffee at a wine and spirits tradeshow in London, and has been hooked ever since!
In 2014 he landed his dream job as a roastery assistant at Workshop Coffee in London. With no experience, he plunged head first into the world of coffee and was in his element working for a company with such high standards. After 6 incredible years, he eventually became Head Roaster, and an idea for a seasonal roastery was beginning to form.
Coffees from the Hunkute washing station in Ethiopia is what changed it all for me. I love anything thats sweet, fruity and balanced, nothing too funky and always fresh.
Long before she got paid to do so, Eilís was drinking too much coffee! Originally an over-caffeinated writer, Eilís found herself back in a café (this time on the other side of the bar) after returning home from a brief stint living in Seoul, South Korea.
Working with coffee and coffee-lovers every day, it didn't take long for her appreciation to turn into a full-blown obsession. After bouncing around Galway's coffee scene for a few years, she finally settled down at Calendar, where she can fully indulge her obsessive personality as she learns to roast! When not found gazing lovingly at coffee beans, she's usually buried in a book, talking to plants or staring wistfully into space.
"Big, fruity bombshells. I've a soft spot for Kenyans - my first love - but adore anything that tastes like juice, as I'm still a toddler at heart!"
Jess has a Grá for all things flavourful and seasonal. She's hopped around the hospitality industry for over a decade. Most recently you'll have found her working behind the bar as a barista, trainer and advisor to Cork's exacting home brewers. Here she discovered the interconnectivity between coffee, community and creative spaces. Fortuitously, this led her to Calendar.
Throughout this time brewing and slurping a rotation of Irish and International roasters, her thirst for great coffee grew. As did her curiosity for the flavours and processes that make an exciting cup. She's excited to be challenged with new knowledge and sensory skills
When not packing up your orders in the roastery, you can usually find Jess making, baking or talking the ear off someone. She loves using local ingredients or foraging for supplies in the wild. Her main aim in life is to taste everything.
Jess's go to coffees are delicate, well balanced and sweet. That said, her attention is equally drawn to big, funky, fruit forward coffees. Like any Libra, just don't ask her to decide a favourite.