Our history

At Costa Coffee, we've always believed you need passion to create perfection. Primarily because that's what Sergio and Bruno - the Costa brothers - believed.

London, 1971 - the beginning of a success story

The Costa Coffee story began in 1971, when Sergio and Bruno arrived in London with a burning desire to make good, delicious coffee a part of everyday life.

They set up a small roastery in Fenchurch Street and committed themselves to producing the best quality coffee.

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The Costa Brothers blended 112 variations of beans to create their Signature Blend

Our Signature Blend

Our iconic Signature Blend is the perfect combination and balance of delicate Arabica and strong Robusta beans, precisely slow-roasted for a minimum of 18 minutes to ensure the beans keep their hearty flavour, rich aroma, and smooth taste.

Moving on up

In 1978, as demand for their coffee grew, so too did their premises, moving to South London where the brothers transformed a huge plot of grassland into a brand-new roastery. The new site was located on Old Paradise Street, Lambeth, where the Costa Coffee roastery remained until 2017. From here, Sergio and Bruno produced and distributed their signature blend to some of the most esteemed establishments in the city.

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Before we opened our famous coffee shops we sold our coffee beans to prestigious hotels in London, such as The Ritz, and they were delivered in style by famous London black cabs.

From strength to strength

In 1981, the brothers opened their first Costa Coffee shop in Vauxhall Bridge Road. 

It was in this innovative shop that the brothers became the first coffee providers in London to serve Espresso and crafted Cappuccino in porcelain cups so that customers could experience coffee at its best. 

Soon shops started opening up across prestigious locations in London, becoming destinations for fashionable Londoners.