Stat of the day: 6bn

The number of cups of coffee Britons buy from vending machines each year.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Britain’s love affair with coffee is going strong - and if Costa’s latest venture is anything to go by, people are in a hurry to get their dose of caffeine. Costa’s owner Whitbread says it's planning to spend £59.5m buying the Coffee Nation brand in order to launch Costa Express, a self-serving coffee machine.

Coffee afficianados may balk at the idea, but figures by research company Allegra Strategies suggest 6bn cups of coffee are bought from vending machines in Britain each year. Whitbread has also said it’ll keep in line with Coffee Nation’s idea of serving a ‘real’ cup of coffee - which means no powder or artificial products. Still, a DIY cappuccino might not be everyone’s cup of, er, coffee.

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