We’re the UK’s favourite coffee shop, and now we want to share what we love with the world. It’s enough to stir our emotions and bring a smile to our lips, but it doesn’t make us who we are. Since 1971 it’s always been about our people. Our family. Pouring their hearts into everything they do and creating precious moments our customers love to share.
In 1995, Costa was acquired by Whitbread – one of the UK’s leading hospitality businesses, ranked 12th in The Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For in 2015 and also home to brands including Premier Inn, Beefeater Grill, Table Table and Brewers Fayre. Samuel Whitbread’s founding spirit to put people and customers first and embrace innovation has stood for 250 years, and perfectly matches Costa’s approach and ambition. Together we have grown Costa in the UK and overseas, making everyday experiences special for millions of customers and careers truly memorable for everyone who works for us.
Everyone has a dream, but few are dream makers. In 1971 Bruno and Sergio Costa brought their passion for coffee to London.
In the beginning they traded as a wholesale business, roasting over 40 different coffee blends. By 1978, they had opened their first Costa Coffee shop – giving the people of London a warm, inviting experience, full of community spirit. And so the Costa magic began.
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