Costa Roastery comes to Essex!

by DannyUK

No, it’s not yet more Costa Coffee stores.  The company today announced that it will be building a brand new Costa roastery in Basildon.

The new site will support its national and international growth ambitions and will operate in conjunction with Costa’s existing roastery in Lambeth, reinforcing Costa’s British heritage and its ongoing commitment to locating its roasting operations in the UK.

Obviously as a massive Costa Coffee fan, I’m pleased as punch that they have chosen Essex to be their new site, though secretly I wish they had chosen Chelmsford as their roasting centre. (I can’t help but think that the old Britvic site in Chelmsford would have been a far more suitable place, but I am biased!)

Lambeth is the site of the original Costa roastery, based on Old Paradise Street (a road name you may recognise from the name of their special blend coffee), in London SE11 roasts coffee 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Costa will be investing an estimated £36 million in its new site in Basildon, building a state of the art facility to ensure the highest standards of quality are maintained across its two roasteries.

Based on Christopher Martin Road, locals will know that it offers easy access to the main roads.  It will also be quite close to a fairly new Costa store on the small industrial estate there.

The UK is the hub of Costa’s national and international business. Unprocessed coffee beans from Rainforest Alliance
certified growers are shipped from Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala and Vietnam to Tilbury Docks in Essex, before being transported to Costa’s Lambeth roastery. Costa’s new roastery in Basildon, 14 miles from Tilbury Docks, will be strategically important – enhancing operational efficiency as well as roasting capacity.

Costa have a habit of expanding and trying new things.  The new Costa roastery promises to be environmentally friendly and follows hot on the heels of the first “Costa Eco Pod” which opened in Telford recently, as boasts that it is the UK’s first “zero energy” coffee shop.

Costa Coffee Eco Pod in Telford

The Costa Coffee Eco Pod which opened in Telford in 2015. Image taken from Whitbread.co.uk, with thanks

Costa is projected to grow significantly over the next five years, increasing demand for its coffee. For
its full-year results, Costa announced a 17.9% lift in sales and a new growth target – boosting Costa
system sales from £1.4bn in 2014/15 to £2.5bn in 2020.

They are already the number one premium coffee store in the UK based on number of stores, and that looks set to continue.

Interestingly, the design brief for the new roastery was to focus on quality and sustainability, ensuring that a minimal environmental footprint was left.

Costa is investing in ensuring its new roastery meets the highest environmental standards, designing the facility to be ‘zero energy’* and is targeted to achieve BREEAM ‘outstanding’ accreditation**, making it one of the top 10 industrial facilities in Europe for sustainability.

Contributing to its energy and water efficiency will be solar photovoltaic roof panels generating approximately 250 kW and a rainwater harvesting system for recycling and re-using water. The building and the internal roasting equipment will also have a wide array of other sustainability features, drawing on lessons learned from Costa’s innovative Eco Pod coffee shop (based in Telford) and wider environmental innovation across Whitbread and its Premier Inn business.

Well done Costa, and welcome to Essex!

* The ‘zero energy’ rating is for the building fabric only – the building will consume less energy than it creates through solar PV (ie for heating, cooling and lighting). Internal equipment and plant are accredited separately. ** BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.

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