COSTA COFFEE

HEATWAVE SENDS SALES OF ICED COFFEE SOARING

Press release   •   Jul 24, 2019 12:47 BST

With temperatures in parts of the UK set to top 38°C this week, the nation’s favourite coffee shop*, Costa Coffee, is preparing for a record number of orders of its handcrafted iced coffee range.

Sales of its popular iced latte are expected to peak at 3,750 an hour on Thursday, as the UK basks in temperatures hotter than the Bahamas. That’s more than one iced latte ordered every second!

The news comes as Costa Coffee reveals that sales of its handcrafted iced lattes have risen by over 30% YOY since 2017.

In 2018, Costa Coffee saw the biggest number of iced coffee orders placed on Friday 26 July 2018, when the weather was a scorching 29°C and is preparing for this week’s heatwave to break that record.

Figures showed that Londoners opted to sip on the most iced lattes in the country last year – and they might as well hold on to the top spot, as it is expected to hit a high 38°C in the capital tomorrow.

Iced coffee continues to be a growing trend across the UK. According to Allegra, sales of iced coffee in the UK continue to hot up, with the sector expected to value £660m by 2022,** in large part due to its growing popularity with Millennials and Generation Z.

Eric Tavoukdjian, Commercial Marketing Director at Costa Coffee said: “Iced coffee has been hugely successful in the US and parts of Europe for several years now, so it’s exciting to see this trend gaining traction here in the UK.

“There’s an assumption that iced coffee is simply hot coffee poured over ice, but in fact a lot more goes into creating the perfect, handcrafted iced coffee. From the size and shape of our ice cubes and how to combine the elements of the drink, to the 20-hour brew time of our special Cold Brew drink. Our iced coffee range is the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer’s day.”

Helping to keep its customers cool and hydrated, Costa Coffee’s iced coffee range includes popular fan favourites such as the Iced Flat White, Salted Caramel Iced Latte and the Strawberry Cold Brew Coffee.

This limited edition flavour combines expertly handcrafted coffee with a sprinkle of strawberry sweetness to finish. Brewed in store for 20 hours, this Cold Brew is beautifully refreshing and smooth, but with the delicate sweetness of strawberry to finish.

With a range of delectable, limited edition Frostinos & refreshing Fruit Coolers also available for summer, Costa Coffee is the perfect place to be as the weather heats up. Costa Coffee’s limited edition iced coffee range is available now and can be viewed online at www.costa.co.uk

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact the Costa Coffee press office on 020 3196 9668 or at Costateam@onegreenbean.com

*Allegra Strategies, 2019

**Allegra World Coffee Portal, Project Iced UK 2018

Full list of iced coffee products includes:

Limited edition:

  • Salted Caramel Iced Latte - from £2.95
  • Strawberry Cold Brew - from £2.95
  • Cold Brew Coffee - from £2.60
  • Coffee Frostino - from £2.95

Iced coffee range:

Iced Latte – from £2.45

Iced Flat White – from £2.70

Iced Cappucino – from £2.45

About Costa Coffee:

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa Coffee operates over 2,600+ coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300+ in 32 international markets. We are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland" by Allegra Strategies for nine years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Making a positive contribution to the communities we are part of is extremely important to us, both here in the UK and across the world. That’s why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim of improving the life chances of children in coffee growing communities by helping them access a safe, quality education. So far, the Costa Foundation has funded over 80 school projects and changed the lives of more than 75,000 children. We also have a UK-wide Community Programme, which enables our teams to volunteer their time to good causes locally and to invite community groups to make use of our welcoming space in store.

In 2011 Costa Coffee purchased Coffee Nation rebranding it to Costa Express. Today, Costa Express operates over 8,500+ coffee bars in nine international markets and proudly serves the same famous Mocha Italia blend found in stores, combined with fresh milk to create a delicious and warming cup of coffee on the go.