The Costa Express machines have been upgraded to deliver both hot and iced drinks, following a successful trial in Bristol last summer, alongside testing dairy alternative milks in a small number of machines.

The company says iced coffee accounts for one in five global coffee purchases, and independent forecourt retailers will be able to upgrade to fulfill the demand for a large variety of hot and iced ’barista-quality’ drinks. Drinks range from hot or cold lattes and cappuccinos to iced fruit cordials and milk coolers.

For a short time this summer as part of Costa Coffee’s Summer of Ice, Costa Express customers can also pick up a limited-edition new Iced Salted Caramel Frappé, created by using a shot of Espresso, foamed fresh milk, ice, and buttery salted caramel syrup.

Since 2011, Costa Coffee has operated Costa Express self-serve coffee machines in third-party shops, petrol and service stations, leisure sites and offices and has over 12,000 in the UK and more than 1,400 globally.

Nick Orrin, Costa Express director UK & Ireland, said: “Costa Express is synonymous with exceptional coffee on-the-go, so we’re delighted to be able to rollout our Costa Express hot and iced drinks machine this summer.

“The technology used in these state-of-the-art machines is nothing short of a gold-standard level of innovation – a world’s first for the self-service coffee machine industry. What’s more, we are giving our customers what they have been asking for from us – their favourite crafted coffee, personalised for how they want it and when they want it.”

Costa Coffee recently announced that alongside its franchise partners, it expects to open over 100 new stores across the UK in 2022, including over 60 new Drive-Thru stores, creating nearly 1,000 new jobs.

The growth in Drive-Thru’s is part of Costa Coffee’s ambitious growth strategy which will also see Costa Coffee continuing to invest in travel locations, high streets, and retail parks, alongside its growing At-Home and Ready-To-Drink products.