MILAN – Uber Eats recorded a 149% increase in coffee orders via its app during the lockdown period. The company’s internal data for the period from 23 March 2020 to 1 June 2020 showed a huge spike in demand for delivered, prepared coffee.
Latte was the most popular coffee variety ordered, followed iced latte and cappuccino. Mocha frappe latte, Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato and Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino were also popular, the company said.
Uber Eats also saw increased sales of sweet treats accompanying coffee orders, such as pain au chocolat, cinnamon swirl, millionaire’s shortbread, and croissants.
UK general manager Toussaint Wattinne said: “We are a nation of coffee lovers, whether that’s a creamy latte, rich flat white or sharp espresso.
“We’re delighted to see the rise in demand and help our customers get their caffeine fix, enjoying quality coffee at home.”
Starbucks and Caffè Nero are exclusive to the Uber Eats app, while coffee from Pret a Manger, Costa Coffee, Black Sheep and Wenzels can also be ordered using the platform.
This week, the British Government is expected to relax planning controls for pubs, cafes and restaurants to allow them to serve and trade in outside areas.
The decision follows what The Sunday Times describes as a “crunch meeting” on Thursday with business secretary Alok Sharma, who told Mr Johnson that further delays to reopening the hospitality sector in time for the summer trade could cost the country up to 3.5million jobs.