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Episode one: Coffee Shop Hot Shots

Updated Tuesday, 1st April 2014

Just how did we became so obsessed with coffee shops and how do the brands battle for our custom?

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About the episode

Since the coffee shop brands took off in the 1990s we’ve embraced their caffeinated delights. We may once have been a nation of tea drinkers, but now we’ve fallen for the super-sized cups, we’ve adopted the language of lattes and we’re even prepared to pay upwards of £2.20 for a caffeine hit. Not even the recession quenched our desire for coffee and now millions of us are hooked, spending up to £2,000 a year and pouring cash into the coffers of the coffee shop brands.

This programme sets out to discover how we became so obsessed and how the brands do battle for our custom. With behind-the-scenes access to staff on the frontline and the bosses of the big brands, this is the inside story of the coffee shop world. 

This episode was first broadcast on BBC Two on 7th April 2014.

 

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