The most Costa cafes in the UK

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Tracey Westrip from The Hid­den Tea Shop in Lit­tle Chal­font SOUTH Bucks has three times the num­ber of Costa cof­fee shops per head than the na­tional av­er­age.

There are 0.6 branches for ev­ery 10,000 res­i­dents in the area, far higher than the na­tional av­er­age of 0.2 and the high­est ra­tio in the UK.

For the whole of Bucks, there are four Caffe Nero, two Cof­fee Repub­lic, 18 Costa and five Star­bucks branches, which means there are 0.35 Costas per 10,000 county.

Na­tion­ally Costa has about half (1,429 stores) of the na­tion’s cof­fee chain out­lets – 23 for ev­ery mil­lion peo­ple.

Star­bucks (638) was the sec­ond most dom­i­nant with 22.7 per cent of the mar­ket, while Caffe Nero (494) came third, with 17.6 per cent.

Costa’s dom­i­na­tion of the mar­ket makes life tough for oth­ers, how­ever.

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The Hid­den Tea Shop in Lit­tle Chal­font com­petes for cus­tomers with Costa in Che­nies Av­enue.

Man­ager Tracey Westrip said: “It is scary that there are so many Costas at the mo­ment.

“We do get some peo­ple com­ing in and say­ing that they don’t like their cof­fee and it is ex­pen­sive too.

“I think that smaller shops of­fer a nicer at­mos­phere too.”

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