There is no doubt that we have become a nation of coffee addicts. Over the last decade, our high streets have flourished with the appearances of coffee houses led by caffeine giants such as Costa and Starbucks.
Alongside these, a whole host of independent coffee shops have sprung up to satisfy our love of Lattes, Cappuccinos, Americanos and Mochas. We now lace our drinks with a myriad of syrups, chocolate and other paraphernalia, rather than adding a dash of milk and a spoonful or two of sugar.
The British Coffee Association advises that, as a nation, we consume 55 million cups of coffee per day and, according to a report released earlier this year, there are now an estimated 22,845 coffee shops in the UK.
And it keeps on growing. The coffee shop market is one of the most successful in the UK economy and is set to outnumber pubs by 2030 as coffee shops become the new local.