A traveller, an observer and a coffee fanatic, Chaelli has, to use a turn of phrase, been around a bit!
He has travelled the world in his capacity as a trainer, working primarily in Europe, but also in North and South Africa, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East, and Central and South-East Asia. During this time, he has developed a particular affection for, and affinity with, Beirut, Budapest, Cape Town and Granada, along with the much closer to home Hebden Bridge. Having spent many months in all of these places, he has named a room in his café after each of them, hence The Café with Five Faces.
His ‘day job’ involves a lot of observation and he has used these ‘skills’, also known as ‘nosiness’, to put together The Café with Five Faces, a book of the stories his café’s walls have overheard and will continue to overhear.
Delving back into the annals of time, Chaelli studied History and Politics and maintains an active interest in the latter, being a vocal opponent of Brexit, a mistake he views as a form of national suicide.
These days, he is studying for a Diploma in Coffee Skills and has so far taken courses in Beirut, London, Cape Town, Bogotá and Villa de Leyva (Colombia).
He has been a writer for a long time, starting with children’s adventure stories written when barely a teen, through to materials and courses for English language teachers, and an as yet unpublished travelogue.