These days, thanks to the wonders of the internet, queuing may seem a bit excessive. You're in a rush, just like everyone else, so why can't you order in advance and have what you need ready to go when you arrive? Following in the footsteps of other, similar companies, Costa has just announced it's going to offer that. So you can book your morning large, low-fat, sugar free, pumpkin spice latteccino before you step foot in your local branch.
Costa Collect, as it's being called, is available through the company's Coffee Club loyalty app, letting you order and pay on your phone before picking up your hot beverage in store. That way you don't have to stand there waiting for your drink to be made, or while the person in front of you fails to grasp what the different sizes mean yet again. It only works for drinks, though, but Costa made a point of saying you're paying with your credit or debit card, so you don't need to worry about keeping your Costa account topped up with cash. Take that Starbucks.
Sadly this is only available in 111 London branches for the time being, but Costa has promised Costa Collect will start expanding across the country next year. You can see a list of all 111 branches over on the Costa website, so you can check whether you're passing one on your way to work without having to sign up.