Brits are officially ‘la-la’ over lattes, according to new research which found we spend £4.5 billion every year in coffee shops.
If you thought we were famous for enjoying a cup of tea– then think again because 1 in 3 UK adults said they visit a coffee shop every week. A whopping 1.6 million of us make 15 or more trips each month – spending around £515 every year, enough to buy an espresso machine and a year’s supply of coffee.
While two-thirds of people spend up to £5 each time, 1.5 million said they cough up more than £10 on hot drinks and cakes each time they do a coffee run.
Ian Williams, a spokesperson for thinkmoney who conducted the research, said “Coffee shop culture has become a staple of British life, with both the big chains and independent coffee shops now a feature of every high street, railway station and even, bookshops.
“It’s easy to let small costs like takeaway coffees slip under the radar, so seeing how much we spend as a nation is quite eye-opening. Of course, a latte or a piece of flapjack won’t break the bank, we just need to be careful not to let them burn too much of a hole in our pockets. I think a lot of people would be surprised to find out what their annual spend really adds up to.”
If you’re looking for a trendy place to sip a cappuccino then check out our top five list of cool coffee hangouts in London:
1. The Alchemy Cafe takes on a passionate and scientific approach to producing coffee which comes in five varieties. If for some reason you can’t live on coffee alone, the café also provides delicious cakes and light lunches to complete the line up.
2. Kaffeine is a laid-back cafe. It’s super-friendly baristas make you feel welcome – making this a great place to relax and watch the world go by.
3. Monmouth Coffee. Be prepared to queue as this coffee shop is often jam packed with locals and tourists – which is a good sign of how yummy their drinks are.
4. Violet Cakes greets you with the most comforting smell of home-baking to accompany it delicious coffees. The cafe is cosy with a open-plan kitchen where all of the baking takes place in full view.
5. The Attendant is a unique coffee shop. Not only can you drink delicious coffee, and enjoy a constantly changing menu – but you can do all this in a unique setting. That is because The Attendant was once a Victorian loo! But despite being underground, it actually feels bright and welcoming thanks to its clever design.