After 40 years of roasting coffee beans in South London’s Lambeth, Costa (after an investment of £38m) recently moved into their state-of-the-art Roastery in Basildon, Essex. Covering over 85,000 SQ feet, the new facility is the largest in Europe - the equivalent of over 30 tennis courts.
The site has more than quadrupled Costa’s roasting capacity from 11,000 tonnes of coffee per year to 45,000 tonnes, enabling them to meet customer demand in the long-term and support the company’s rapid national and international growth.
With exacting standards when it comes to delivering the perfect cup of coffee, it was only natural that Costa chose a company like Bott to provide them with workshop storage equipment for their Maintenance workshop. Both companies are in the business of producing high-quality products, using sustainable and recyclable products and equipment. Costa’s new Roastery has been given the BREEAM ‘outstanding’ level award. The first production building to gain this level, by using sustainable build materials, rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic and water heating panels, LED lighting etc. Bott’s own policies such as energy saving and rainwater recycling, enable the company to minimise its own environmental impact.
Marc Congdon, Engineering Manager at Costa, said: “The passion and precision that goes into every cup of Costa coffee, filters through to the role of our maintenance engineers. They need to be able to work efficiently and safely, which is why Bott was the best choice for us.”
Marc contacted Bott to discuss Costa’s requirements and arranged for Paul Maynard, Project Sales Manager, to visit the roastery. Paul said: “The new workshop was a blank canvas, with specifications needed for 3 dedicated maintenance areas; Mechanical/Metalwork, Pneumatic/Wet and Electrical/Electronic. Each area required a different solution for specific maintenance tasks, and to include efficient storage for tools and equipment.”
Paul provided detailed 3D drawings of the workshop, based on Bott’s heavy-duty cubio range. The design consisted of large and wall storage cupboards, drawer cabinets, maintenance trolleys and perfo back panels for easy access tool & component storage. Solid Beech worktops were recommended for the Pneumatic/Wet area, accommodating a sink at one end and diagnostic testing at the other. Lino worktop in the Mechanical/Metalwork area provides the perfect working surface for heavier work such as grinding and drilling. Custom details such as a hose reel cabinet and letterbox bins were also added, and all the products were finished in a durable powder-coat in Costa’s signature colours.
Marc Congdon said: “Our investment into the new roastery in Basildon demanded choosing equipment of the highest quality, enabling us to continue producing the best products and grow as a global business. We have full confidence in the quality and longevity of Bott’s products and the service provided was first-class.”
Costa’s new roastery is expected to be in operation for the next 20+ years, demonstrating their confidence in service durability and growth. This reflects Bott’s own ‘Built to Last’ approach, a guarantee of quality products that stand the test of time.