Costa shakes up the nation’s streets with lenticulars

Press Releases   •   Jun 15, 2015 15:53 BST

Costa, the nation's favourite coffee shop has launched a unique, tactical outdoor advertising campaign today with lenticular technology - a printing technique which creates the illusion of movement.



Press Releases   •   Jun 15, 2015 15:44 BST

This week Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, is launching its new Free Range Egg and Slow Roasted Tomato Gluten-Free Wrap as part of its new Summer food and drink range.



Press Releases   •   Jun 08, 2015 21:00 BST

LONDON, UK – JUNE 09 2015 – Costa, the UK’s favourite coffee shop, will offer its customers the ability to pay with Apple Pay, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay, when it launches in the UK.


Costa Eco Pod serves up sustainability success in Telford

Press Releases   •   May 27, 2015 14:40 BST

Today (27 May) the newly appointed Mayor of Telford, Councillor Leon Murray, will formally open Costa’s Eco Pod – the UK’s first ‘zero energy’ coffee shop.



Press Releases   •   Apr 01, 2015 09:03 BST

The nation’s favourite coffee shop trials Costa and a Kip service



Press Releases   •   Mar 26, 2015 14:15 GMT

With the latest in environmentally-friendly building design and packed full of innovative energy saving technologies, the Eco Pod will be the first ‘zero energy’ coffee shop building in the UK.

Costa has developed the cutting-edge building design and fit out in partnership with Hammerson, the retail property specialist, which owns the retail park and facilitated the delivery of the new concept store. Costa will lease the building.

The new Eco Pod will provide all of the irresistible quality food and beverage menu choices available in ‘regular’ Costa coffee shops but, crucially, all of this will happen inside a ‘zero energy’ building.

‘Zero energy’ is achieved through passive ventilation and innovative construction techniques which mean that the energy required to heat and cool the building is minimised and that the low amount of energy that is required for building temperature control will come from solar PV cells embedded in the specially curved roof, balancing out overall.

The key design features that make all the difference include:

  • 1.A special timber frame constructed using FSC sourced timber as an alternative to a traditional steel frame, reducing the embodied carbon footprint of the building
  • 2.A super-insulated facade using soft wood with excellent energy retention properties (keeping more heat in during the winter and also helping to keep the interior cool in summer)
  • 3.Intelligent orientation of the building to achieve optimum levels of sun and shade, impacting on overall energy requirements for heating and cooling
  • 4.Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roof
  • 5.An under-floor heating system and passive ventilation

The building design features are what give the coffee shop its overall ‘zero energy’ score. The actual internal operating equipment – including espresso machines, Panini grills and dishwasher equipment – all use power in a conventional way.

The building took 13 weeks to build and measures 150 sq m. It has seating for approximately 58 people inside and 20 outside.

Jim Slater, Managing Director of Costa UK and Ireland, said: “This is an exciting first for coffee shop and retail design here in the UK and has the potential to transform not just how we build new stores at Costa but the industry far more widely. We wanted to explore new ways to serve quality coffee to our customers while managing our environmental footprint as responsibly as we can. Through a successful partnership with Hammerson, we have developed an outstanding new type of test bed building design which really does have the potential to make a massive difference if rolled out more widely.”

Tom Cochrane, Asset Manager at Hammerson, said: “The opening of the Costa Eco Pod at Wrekin Retail Park is a significant achievement for our team and clearly demonstrates that as a business, Hammerson is at the forefront of consumer awareness of supply chain ethics and environmentalimpacts. By working collaboratively, we have been able to provide Costa with an entirely new and innovative concept store, as well as a UK first. Using this as a blueprint for low carbon and sustainable design we hope to support, where possible, other retailers in creating truly sustainable assets.”

Costa developed the initiative with Hammerson to explore ways to make building, operating and maintaining a coffee shop as sustainable and low-energy as possible.

Costa operates more than 1,800 coffee shops across the UK. It is anticipated that lessons learned from the Eco Pod test bed at Telford will be incorporated into future new build stores, helping to drive down energy consumption across the business.

Costa is part of Whitbread plc which is recognised as one of the most progressive and innovative UK companies for managing sustainability. It has been endorsed by and won awards from many of the UK’s leading environmental organisations including The Carbon Trust, The Green Building Council, Business in the Community, and the Sustainability Leaders Awards.

More information on Whitbread’s sustainability programme, Good Together, is available at https://www.whitbread.co.uk/corporate-responsibility/index.htm

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland" by Allegra Strategies for five years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & November 2014).

With over 1,930 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,149 shops in 29 overseas markets, Costa has diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets. There are now more than 3,950 Costa Express self-serve machines.

Costa employs over 15,000 people and creates around 1,500 jobs each year.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That's why we've established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation's aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 46 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

New concept coffee shop at Wrekin Retail Park to open next week Costa, the UK’s favourite coffee shop, will open a groundbreaking new ‘Eco Pod’ store at Wrekin Retail Park next week (Saturday 4th April).

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Press Releases   •   Jan 27, 2015 21:21 GMT

London, 20.30pm 27th January 2015: H is for Hawk by writer, poet and historian Helen Macdonald has beaten bookies’ favourite, How to be both by Ali Smith, to win the title of 2014 Costa Book of the Year. H is for Hawk, part memoir and part nature book, is the author’s personal account of training a goshawk as a way of dealing with grief following her father’s death.


William Hill Releases Latest Odds for Costa Book of the Year

Press Releases   •   Jan 23, 2015 16:41 GMT

​London, 22nd January 2015: With the 2014 Costa Book Awards only four days away, the latest odds from bookmakers William Hill have novelist Ali Smith, winner of the Costa Novel Award, as odds-on favourite for the Costa Book of the Year with How to be both,


COSTA SHORT STORY AWARD 2014: Identities of Six Finalists Revealed

Press Releases   •   Jan 19, 2015 11:30 GMT

• Six writers from all corners of the UK: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland • Shortlist includes a part-time dentist and a writer whose first novel has just been published • Winner decided by public vote and will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on Tuesday 27th January


Only Four Days Left to Vote for the Costa Short Story Award!

Press Releases   •   Jan 12, 2015 14:15 GMT

WINNER TO BE SELECTED BY PUBLIC VOTE The public vote for the 2014 Costa Short Story Award will close at midnight on Friday 16th January 2015.

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Costa, voted the UK's favourite coffee shop, is the UK’s largest coffee shop chain with over 1,968 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,157 shops in 29 overseas markets, Costa has diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets. There are now more than 4,086 Costa Express self-serve machines.

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa’s performance goes from strength to strength and the brand has been instrumental in driving innovation in the sector, including the introduction of Flat White and the launch of Costa Express.


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