History

COSTA HISTORY

1971

Sergio and Bruno Costa opened their wholesale bussiness in London and Costa was born

1978

The first Costa store opens on Vauxhall Bridge Road, London

1988

Costa's coffee production moves to Old Paradise Street, Lambeth, London

1995

Costa is acquired by Whitbread

1999

Costa opens its first international store at the Aviation Club, Dubai

2000

Costa selling 3.7 million cups of coffee each week

2005

Costa launches its own blend of Fairtrade coffee at no extra cost

2005

April 2005, Costa opens its first store in Nicosia, Cyprus

November 2005, Costa opens its second store in Limassol, Cyprus

In Cyprus, the family-owned franchise, opened by the Symeonides Group of Companies in 2005, continues to be one of the nation's favorite coffee shops. With over 17 shops in Cyprus and 2 more opening this year, it is a testament to quality of Costa and the love that Cypriots have for their coffee. Costa was brought to Cyprus on the notion that Cypriots, like Italians, very much like the entire coffee experience. Over the years, this has proven to be true. You can visit any Costa shop across Cyprus and find groups of friends and families lingering for hours. For them, it is all about enjoying a quality cup of coffee in an atmospheric social setting.

2006

Costa sets up the Costa Foundation, a registered charity that improves the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

2007

March 2007, Costa opens its third store in Larnaca, Cyprus

December 2007, Costa opens two more stores in Nicosia, Cyprus

2008

December 2008, Costa opens the Makariou Nicosia store

2009

Costa insures the tongue of their Italian Master of Coffee, Gennaro Pelliccia for $10 million

May 2009, Costa opens another store in My Mall Limassol

2010

2010, Costa opens four new stores in Paphos, Protaras, Limassol and Nicosia

2011

Costa marks its 40th anniversary

2011, Costa opens the Costa Metropolitan Store in Engomi, Nicosia

2012

2012, Costa opens the Costa University Store in University of Cyprus and Germasogia in Limassol

3rd Consecutive Allegra Award

In independent surveys of the UK coffee shop market published in December 2010, December 2011 and December 2012 by Allegra Strategies, Costa was voted the UK's favourite coffee shop brand. Respondents surveyed - 16,458 in 2010 (54% voted for Costa); 8,413 in 2011 (40% voted for Costa) and 5,241 in 2012 (41% voted Costa).

2013

Costa named "Best Branded Coffee Chain in Europe"