Value - 84%
Service - 88%
Atmosphere - 91%
Beverage - 92%
Overall my visit to this store was excellent, quick but friendly service and an excellent tasting Flat White. I loved that the espresso taste was much stronger than in a regular latte or cappuccino. The milk treatment definitely made it silkier.
I’m a massive coffee lover and the majority of my runs finish with a trip to my local Costa in Stocksbridge. In the past I also managed one of the stores in Meadowhall (our local shopping centre here in Sheffield).
I’m a proper coffee snob these days, for many years my drink of choice was a Hazelnut latte but this year a change of diet has seen me drop sugar from my diet and I have start drinking Flat White’s, When I have a coffee it isn’t just about the drink but the customer service as well. Locally the staff have gotten to know me and have set a standard that I expect other stores and shops to achieve. So I’ve decided to start reviewing the shops I visit.
The first one was the Costa store outside the Poundland store inside Meadowhall, this is one of 3 stores inside the shopping centre the other being one outside Debenhams that happens to be my old store and the other is inside the WHSmiths store. I always find this one the more convenient of the 3 to visit due to it’s location inside Meadowhall.
Costa Coffee is a British coffeehouse chain which is a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company. It is headquartered in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
Costa Coffee was founded in London in 1971 by two Brothers Bruno and Sergio Costa as a wholesale operation supplying roasted coffee to caterers and specialist Italian coffee shops. Acquired by Whitbread in 1995, it was sold in 2019 to The Coca-Cola Company in a deal worth £3.9bn, and has grown to 3,401 stores across 31 countries and 18,412 employees. The business has 2,121 UK restaurants, over 6,000 Costa Express vending facilities and a further 1,280 outlets overseas (460 in China).
We made our trip to Meadowhall this past Saturday, to start looking at clothes for our holiday. Although I’d much rather visit the local LEGO store. After doing parkrun I was awaiting my results via text. So while the girls went shoe shopping I joined the queue at the store. There was only 3 people in line when I joined at 11:00 am which for the time of day and weather wasn’t bad.
It only took two minutes for my order to be taken, I placed my order for a flat white to go, costing me £2.70. Natalie who served me was friendly and welcoming. I must point out there was no up sell such as their limited edition roast or any sweet treats. There was two baristas on the machine and both were making small talk to the ladies in front of me. The one who served me had already started my drink and within a minute of paying for my drink I was leaving. White flat white’s it is the drink that usually comes with coffee art on even in a take out cup, although I have to say mine had no art. Not that it effects the drink’s taste.
I go for a flat white as the drink contains 277mg of caffiene making it the strongest coffee of all the high street coffee chains. So what is a flat white?
One of the great debates in the cafe scene is the difference between a Flat White vs Latte. In some cafes, a flat white is just a small latte, but in others it’s an entirely different drink.
For purists there is a lot to a flat white. Including but not limited:
1. Velvet micro-foam instead of stiff froth.
2. Medium size, bigger than a macchiato or cortado but smaller than a latte.
3. Double shot so the coffee does most of the talking, not the milk.
4. Free poured milk so that the foam is folded through the whole drink and there is no discernable layer separation between liquid coffee and foam. This also help preserve the crema.
And that’s just the basics of being a Flat White, let alone a good one. A good flat white is all about packing as much taste as possible into a small package.
For Costa Coffee this is their official description:
The Flat White is a rich, creamy, full flavoured coffee with a velvety texture and made from the purest extract of the coffee bean. It actually takes a great deal of skill to produce a Flat White. Only the purest essence of the coffee bean is extracted, resulting in a short Espresso called ‘Cortissimo’.
The barista who made mine, had gotten the taste spot on, the texture was smooth on the tongue and there was no bitterness to the taste. I loved that the espresso taste was much stronger than in a regular latte or cappuccino. The milk treatment definitely made it silkier. But the espresso still took over and that’s why I now prefer it from my old Latte drink.
Overall my visit to this store was excellent, quick but friendly service and an excellent tasting Flat White.