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Coffee Tempo!

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Coffee Tempo!
Locations:33
Associated names:Little Chef
Introduced:2006
Removed:2012
Predecessors:Burger King
Successors:Little Chef Express

Coffee Tempo! was the name of Little Chef's takeaway offer, introduced in 2006. It was first introduced to Amesbury, and £1.1m was spent rolling it out to a further 16 restaurants with more planned. £5m had been put aside to develop it.

The Coffee Tempo! range was usually provided in its own unit, sometimes a former Burger King or shop. It served a range of hot drinks, cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks and pastries.

Little Chef wanted to keep up with the popularity of the fast food giants by introducing its own 'food on the move' concept. They also looked at using a Costa Coffee franchise but felt the fees were too high. A director responsible for BP's 'Wild Bean Café' was hired and created the Coffee Tempo! idea.

While Coffee Tempo! may have been a very good attempt at creating an in-house brand, on a road network which became saturated by Costa and Starbucks it was perceived as the poor relation. Comment was also made that the refurbishment could have been more thorough. By 2012, only 11 branches of Coffee Tempo! were left, and these were merged with Little Chef Express, while Little Chef entered a partnership with Lavazza.

Locations

Coffee Tempo! could be found at the following branches:

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