Costa Coffee is a British coffeehouse chain with headquarters in Loudwater, Buckinghamshire, England.
Costa Coffee was founded in London in 1971 by Sergio Costa as a wholesale operation supplying roasted coffee to caterers and specialist Italian coffee shops. It was acquired by Whitbread in 1995, then sold to The Coca-Cola Company in January 2019 in a deal worth $4.9 billion, and has grown to 3,401 stores across 31 countries and 18,412 employees. The business has 2,121 UK restaurants, over 6,000 Costa Express vending facilities and a further 1,280 outlets overseas, including 460 in China.
Costa is the second largest coffeehouse chain in the world, and the largest in the UK.
In July 2023, Costa Coffee was accused of being woke and faced criticism and calls for a boycott after a photograph was posted on social media from one of their advertisement murals featuring a transgender man with scars from a double mastectomy surgery. Costa defended the mural from criticism, saying that it "showcases and celebrates inclusivity".
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