• To celebrate UK Coffee Week 7-13 April 2014, Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, launched an exclusive Coffee Masterclass programme at selected stores across the nation
• Costa Morningside store in Edinburgh held a Coffee Masterclass for its customers on Friday evening

• Portuguese barista extraordinaire Gisela Dos Santos, led the hour-long taster session alongside colleagues from Gibraltar and Italy

For many coffee lovers, UK Coffee Week is considered as an annual highlight – and this year is no different. Thankfully, coffee connoisseurs didn’t have far to go for the ultimate experience to indulge their coffee passion.

To celebrate UK Coffee Week, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, Costa, has launched an exclusive Coffee Masterclass trial for a handful of customers in Morningside, Edinburgh

Customers who attended the Coffee Masterclass at Costa’s Morningside store were treated to a hands-on tutorial with Gisela Dos Santos, who joined Costa in Edinburgh having relocated from a store in Portugal. Tipped as one of Costa’s brightest stars, Gisela Dos Santos treated her guests to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Costa; hints and tips on crafting the perfect drink as well as providing guests with the opportunity to brush up on their knowledge of Costa’s famous Mocha-Italia blend.

Gisela Dos Santos also rounded up the evening by teaching her guests to make their favourite drink. Gisela was joined at the coffee shop by Gibraltan store manager Arcon Patron and Italian barista Enrique Servrse.

Gisela Dos Santos said: “It was fantastic that we had the opportunity to share our knowledge with our customers. It was a real privilege to speak to our guests about our world famous Mocha-Italia blend – some were astounded as to how much work goes into creating the perfect blend, from sourcing our beans to the serving process, it’s our expertise which make a cup of coffee, a Costa cup of coffee!”

Costa’s Master of Coffee, Gennaro Pelliccia said: “We’re delighted to have created an opportunity to share our passion for coffee with our coffee loving customers. At this stage we wanted to trial our Masterclasses at select stores, but given its success we’ll hopefully look to roll this out on a larger scale for next year’s UK Coffee Week.”

Submitted by Nathalie Agnew