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Costa opens £38m coffee roastery in Basildon, UK

Published 14 March 2017

UK coffee chain Costa has inaugurated a new £38m roastery in Essex, quadrupling its roasting capacity to meet increasing global demand.

The expansion has increased the company's annual roasting capacity from 11,000 tonnes of coffee to 45,000 tonnes, and will allow it to roast enough coffee for 2.1 billion cups a year.

Increase in the capacity is expected to provide a platform for the company’s growth in the national market and across global markets.

The facility’s construction began in late 2015 and it is located close to Tilbury Docks, from where the raw coffee beans are imported.

With more than 85,000ft2 of area, it is being considered as the largest coffee roasting facilities in Europe. The facility is claimed to produce as much as 2.1 billion cups of coffee per year and it is expected to operate for the next 20 – 30 years.

Started by Italian brother Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa Coffee has grown into one of the UK’s favourite coffee destinations. It has over 2000 coffee shops in the UK and 1280 coffee shops in 30 overseas markets.

Costa managing director Dominic Paul said: “Costa is growing rapidly as a global business and our new roastery will provide the platform for sustained international expansion as we continue inspiring the world to love great coffee.

"Turning on our new roasting capacity is a landmark for the business. It’s a statement of our ambition to grow and our passion for great coffee.”

“Roasting here in Basildon keeps the UK at the centre of our growing global brand and enables us to build on everything we have learned from more than four decades of roasting in Lambeth.

"Today is about quality, capacity, investing in the future and being true to our heritage – it’s about embracing our traditions whilst continuing to innovate and drive global growth.”

According to Costa, the new roastery has been designed to improve the quality and flavour of coffee. The new machinery installed at the facility can increase the overall efficiency of the coffee roasting and production by 25%.

The facility can now store 24 tonnes of green coffee per hour, which is almost 4 times the increase from up to 6 tonnes at Lambeth.

To reduce the facility’s carbon footprint, the company is also planning to install 249kW solar PV system, which will generate power for the facility.

Image: Costa Coffee’s new roastery in Essex, UK. Photo: Courtesy of Costa.