Our Story

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Our Story

London born and blended since 1971

The Costa Coffee story begins in 1971 when Sergio and Bruno Costa arrived in London from Italy with a passion to sweeten any bitterness in life by way of making great tasting, bitter-free coffee a part of everyday life. Now 50 years later Costa Coffee is beloved throughout England and considered the country's favorite coffee brand.

Our Story

Creating an iconic
coffee blend

Upon arriving in London, the Costa brothers set up a small roastery on Fenchurch Street, where they committed to crafting the finest quality coffee.  It was here the Costa brothers blind-tested 112 variations of coffee before they tasted one good enough to be our signature blend.

In 1978, as demand for their coffee grew, they moved to their iconic roastery on Old Paradise Street and sold their coffee beans to prestigious hotels in London, such as The Ritz, delivered in style by famous London black cabs.

Our Story

The shop across
the pond

In 1981, the brothers opened their first Costa Coffee shop in Vauxhall Bridge Road and our reputation for artisan quality coffee increased dramatically. Shops opened across London, Europe and crossed continents into Asia and the Middle East. There are now over 4,000 Costa Coffee shops and 10,000 Smart Cafe machines worldwide. Costa is still consistently voted the UK's favorite coffee shop! And now you can enjoy the iconic, rich blends for the first time in the U.S.A. by clicking here.