Advantages Nice coffee, Nice atmosphere, Nice barristas, Overall a nice place
Disadvantages Disappointing mocha, Dry treats like cake, Overpriced merchandise
Costa Coffee is one of the 'great chains' of england and beyond (As far as i know). Almost anywhere you go, town, villages, and even supermarkets, you'll never be too far away from a costa.Costa Coffee started in America (I know. People say they are an italian brand but they are NOT), doing espresso bars around the country. They evolved since, and now you can find them in a LOT of places. They do a range of coffees, use pure ground coffee, top notch machines, and 'Professional Barristas' to serve you the perfect cup of coffee. From your morning cappuccino, to the afternoon espresso. At least, this is their promise. Whether they live up to it, is down to this review.
As known by my other reviews, i am a coffee nut. Despite my age i know good coffee from bad coffee, and bad coffee (Even if it has tonnes of caffiene in it) will make me feel sour. I don't just drink coffee for the caffiene, I drink it for the pleasure and entirely on taste even though some people think I am infact lying.Lets get straight into the review.
To start with, lets look at the barristas.In my local Costa, they are all dressed in black aprons too look sophisticated. One of my least liked people from my school works saturdays there, but despite he just serves me a good cup of coffee despite all else, showing they are commited. Professional Barristas is not something i'd call them. Sure, they know what they're doing after a half hour lesson, then saying they are professional, but half an hour doesn't make you a professional barrista. It takes practice and experience. Although i cannot mark them down for this because they certainly know what they are doing, and they know how to serve a good cup of coffee but claiming them professional is a bit of a overwhelming claim.
Now, for the coffee they useIn every costa i have been too, they empty the coffee into a lovely burr grinder and use it as it's needed. It doesn't reach them already ground, which is great! Although... I peered into a costa one night and the beans were still in the grinder. Whether this was a mistake or not, this can ruin the coffee's aroma. And it can make it bitter. Bad. If they recommend on the packets of costa coffee to put it in an airtight container in the FREEZER, why don't they do this? For all i know they might have forgotten to empty the coffee beans out of the grinder. Not a great look at this at all. But they use good, untampered with 100% arabica beans. So, in this area it's good!
The AtmosphereIn every costa i have been in, it has smelt georgeous, the Costa style is very contempory, with dark wood and brown leather furnishings, it gives the 'higher class' feel. It's quite a confortable place to be in, the seats are comfortable, theres sometimes some relaxing music going on in the background, so overall it's a nice experience.
If your wondering why the cleanliness header is bigger, is because it means a lot to me. I will never feel confortable if a place isn't clean. Therefore, it's why i feel comfortable in Costa.
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