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Locations:53 MSAs
Associated names:EDC, Burger King
Predecessors:Cafe Continental, Caffe Ritazza, Coffee Nation, Little Chef, LP4, Upper Crust
Successors:Nescafe Nation, Subway, Greggs
Opening hours:Most motorway sites 24 hours
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Twitter: @CostaCoffee

Since the early 2000s, Costa Coffee has gone from being a brand exclusive to stylish town and shopping centres to just Costa, a brand name seen almost everywhere. It started in London in 1971 and its UK operations are owned by the Whitbread Group.

Roadchef were the first to introduce it to their motorway services, replacing Cafe Continental. Moto followed a few years later by replacing it with Caffe Ritazza. Welcome Break use Starbucks as their main coffee brand and fans of the two are keen to point out their differences, however Welcome Break add that Costa Express is available too.

Roadchef have put their Costa units through several refurbishments as both their own and Costa's styling has changed. They changed their operating logo to read 'Roadchef Costa Coffee', sneakily allowing them to advertise Costa from the motorway. Moto later decided to go one better, changing their headboard to 'Costa M&S' or 'Costa Burger King' where appropriate.

Many former Esso On the Run stores used to include a Costa shop, where you could also pay for your fuel. These have all closed and many have been replaced by Subway and Greggs at Euro Garages sites.

Costa Coffee also offer a Costa Card, giving customers the option to pre-pay for their drinks.

In July 2016, Roadchef opened their first Costa drive thru, in a similar style to Welcome Break's Starbucks drive thrus.

Costa Express

In March 2011 Whitbread, owner of the Costa Coffee brand, purchased Coffee Nation to re-brand into Costa Express. Coffee Nation was a brand widely seen across MSAs providing coffee machines within petrol forecourts and WHSmith outlets. They are seen at most a-road services. The Costa Express machines offer 10 varieties of hot drinks and are the largest coffee machine provider for forecourts in the UK.


Costa Coffee can be found at all Roadchef, Moto and a few Extra motorway service stations. They are:

A-road Services

Irish Services

Express Only

The following MSAs consist of Costa Express units only:

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