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Leading coffee bar players in Europe 2019, by number of units

Costa Coffee ranked as the leading coffeehouse brand in Europe in 2019. The British coffee store chain had 3,174 units open across Europe as of the end of 2019. McCafé and Starbucks also operated over two thousand establishments respectively.

The top coffeehouse players in Europe

Along with Costa, McCafé and Starbucks are the three main players on the European coffeehouse market, however the presence of each brand varies widely by country. For instance, Costa’s leading market is by far the United Kingdom, where the vast majority of stores are based. Most Starbucks stores in Europe are also in the UK. McCafe’s presence in Europe is spread across the mainland, with their biggest market in Germany. The brand has no stand-alone stores in the UK.

Where are the main coffeehouse markets in Europe?

Although there are many coffee loving nations within Europe, the coffeehouse culture varies by country. While the UK is a big market for coffee-focused stores that follow a Starbucks-style format, cafés are the primary locations for coffee lovers in Italy, Portugal and Turkey. The number of cafés and coffee shops in such European countries therefore varies, with Italy in the lead overall.

Leading coffee bar players in Europe in 2019, based on number of units

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August 2020



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Numbers are as of the end of 2019.

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