Head of Wholesale
Head of Coffee
Founded in 2018, Calendar Coffee is 100% owned and run by its founders Zarah Lawless and Daniel Boobier. With over 20 years collective experience working in the industry, our dream is to create a roastery that specialises in the coffees we love to drink. We want to celebrate coffee as the fresh seasonal produce it is (hence the name!), and in the process champion the incredible people and places that made them possible.
Having both worked (and met!) at Workshop Coffee in London, we both came into this with roasting experience, but sourcing the raw material was new to us. As we navigated the world of green coffee, it became clear just how vulnerable many coffee producers are, and how climate change and the prices we pay for our green beans remains a serious threat to the future of our industry. In the beginning we were congratulating ourselves on the premiums we were paying for our coffees, but after some digging we came to realise that these prices still do not guarantee a profit for the producer.
If we want to continue to source and roast what we believe are the best coffees in the world, we need to implement some radical changes to the way we do business. The long term sustainability of our industry depends on farmers being able to sell their beans for what they’re actually worth. Paying prosperous prices to producers based on their costs of production, rather than premiums on top of a low and unpredictable market rate, is the first step towards this.
Today we continue to source and roast the coffees we love to drink, but our purpose for doing so is now much bigger than we ever imagined. We’re committing all our resources to building a better future for coffee, and through transparency and education we hope to inspire others to do the same.