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Earlier this month, the international coffee roaster, Costa Coffee, opened its first standalone US location in Midtown’s mixed-use space, Coda Tech Square.
According to Dario Kirola, founder of Force Majeure — one of the agencies involved with planning, organizing, and executing the Costa Coffee US launch — the brand is currently working on opening two more locations, one on the campus of Emory’s Goizueta Business School and another in Atlanta’s Westside.
Costa’s initial foray into Atlanta will be overseen by Kaldi’s Coffee, a family-run fourth-wave coffee roaster and cafe that has been operating out of St. Louis since 1994, Kirola tells What Now Atlanta. Kaldi’s currently has three locations in Atlanta. Tricia Zimmer Ferguson, co-owner at Kaldi’s Coffee, has not returned multiple requests for comment.
The origin of Costa Coffee — which was acquired by Coca-Cola in 2019 — goes back to London in 1971, when brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa “decided to make a great cup of coffee a part of everyday life in London.” Since then, the brand has opened more than 4,000 coffee shops and a staggering 10,000 kiosks across the globe, making it the second largest coffee chain in the world next to Starbucks.