The Costa Coffee story begins in 1971 when Sergio and Bruno Costa arrived in London from Parma Italy with a passion to sweeten any bitterness in life by way of making a great tasting, bitter-free coffee a part of everyday life.
As demand for their coffee grew, they moved to their iconic roastery on Old Paradise Street. It was there the Costa brothers blind-tested 112 variations of coffee before they tasted one good enough to be their signature blend – Mocha Italia.
The brothers opened their first Costa Coffee shop in Vauxhall Bridge Road and their reputation for artisan quality coffee increased dramatically. Shops opened across London, Europe and crossed continents into Asia and the Middle East over the years.
Costa opens its first international store at the Aviation Club, Dubai
Costa is launched in Cyprus by Symeonides Coffee Cyprus Ltd. The first 2 iconic stores open in Nicosia and Limassol.
Costa sets up the Costa Foundation, a registered charity focused on improving the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.
Symeonides Coffee Cyprus Ltd opens 3 more Costa Coffee stores, 2 in Nicosia and its first one in Larnaca.
Rainforest Alliance Certified farms start supplying Costa Coffee with beans.
Another Costa Coffee opens in Nicosia
Costa introduces the Flat White
Symeonides Coffee Cyprus Ltd opens another 4 Costa Coffee stores in Protaras, Paphos, Limassol and Nicosia
Costa marks its-40 year anniversary
Symeonides Coffee Cyprus opens its 11th store, in Engomi, Nicosia
Two more Costa Coffee stores open in Cyprus, in University of Cyprus in Nicosia and in Germasogeia, Limassol
Costa named "Best Branded Coffee Chain in Europe"
In March 2017, Costa opens a new coffee roastery – ‘Paradise Street’ in Basildon, Essex. At the time it was one of the largest roasting facilities in Europe.
The new facility was built to provide infrastructure for expanding Costa’s coffee powder business worldwide.
Yet another 2 Costa Coffee stores open in Cyprus, this time in the popular Nicosia Mall and in Poseidonos Avenue in Kato Paphos.
Another addition to the Costa Coffee Cyprus family, the new Costa Coffee store in Agia Napa, just outside Faros Hotel.
Costa Coffee with 26 shops in the Cyprus today, is a testament to the quality of Costa and the love that Cypriots have for high quality coffee.
Costa was brought to Cyprus on the notion that Cypriots, like Italians, very much appreciate the entire coffee experience. Over the years, this has proven to be true.