*This is a collaborative post*
Coffee. My favourite word in addition to ‘Sale’, ‘Free’, and ‘Sleep’.
So when Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, told me that they’re going to be showing support for the Brighton LGBT community this weekend by serving exclusive Rainbow Flat Whites to celebrate Brighton Pride at its London Road and Western Road stores, I was over the moon.
Costa flew world-class barista and Instagram star, Mason Salisbury 5,000 miles across the world to train five baristas in the art of making rainbow coffee in time for Brighton Pride festivities.
Ella Wiseman, was one of the specially selected baristas to spend a day learning Mason’s technique before she serves the colourful drinks in Brighton this Saturday 6th August.
As an equal opportunities employer, Costa is a founding partner in GLOW (Gay Lesbian Out at Whitbread), which provides a network for the companies’ LGBT community as well as straight allies. People from across the whole Costa business – and the parent company Whitbread – from graduates, store teams to senior Directors meet regularly for informal networking sessions.
John Kerslake, Costa’s UK & Ireland Operations Director and co-founder of Costa GLOW commented:
“We’re delighted to be bringing rainbow coffee to Brighton Pride this year. We hope customers will enjoy the multi-coloured drinks and admire our baristas passion and creative flair! Being an open and fair employer is extremely important to Costa: we’re proud to champion equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We hope to demonstrate our forward-thinking ethos with our Rainbow Flat Whites and will continue to show our support for Pride and the LGBT community.”
Ella Wiseman, Costa Barista Maestro added: “I love creating latte art, so I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to be trained by Mason to make these beautiful rainbow coffees. I hope customers will be as amazed as I am by the mesmerising patterns! Brighton Pride is such an incredible event and I’m thrilled that I get to be a part of it by serving our rainbow coffees.”
The Costa Rainbow Flat Whites will be available from Costa London Road, BN1 4JA and Costa Western Road, BN1 2B stores in Brighton on 6th August during Brighton Pride for an RRP of £2.50.
Costa will also be serving Rainbow Coffee to celebrate Manchester Pride on 27th August.