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The number of coffee shops in Britain is set to overtake pubs by the year 2030, according to research conducted for the London Coffee Festival.

Some three coffee shops are opening every day, adding an extra 21-a-week serving up lattes and cappuccinos. By contrast between 21 and 25 pubs are closing every week, with many turned into private homes and convenience stores.

The switch from lager to latte means that the number of UK coffee shops has risen from 10,000 in 2007 to 24,000 today. At the same time, the traditional pub is suffering with the total down from around 75,000 in the 1970s to around 47,000 today.

The nation's largest and most successful coffee chain is British-owned Costa, which now operates in 31 countries around the world, including China.

The study found that coffee shops, which employ 160,000 baristas serving up 2.4 billion cups a year, contribute just under £10bn a year to the UK economy.

As many as four-in-10 Brits increased their coffee consumption in the past year, despite often having to pay close to £3.00 a time.

The data also showed that 39% of Brits stated their coffee consumption has increased over the past 12 months, with 18% of people visiting at least once a day, keeping the UK's 160,000 baristas busier than ever.

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