THE high price of lattes and mochas is causing Britons to ‘pre-load’ on coffee at home before going to cafes.
Increasing numbers of people are choosing to drink several pints of cheap instant coffee before going to a coffee shop then making a couple of Americanos last all afternoon.
Student Tom Booker said: “Me and my friends drink two litres of Asda Smart Price instant before going to Starbucks. That way we can enjoy the wanky coffee shop ‘vibe’ but hardly spend anything.
“The only danger is if you overdo it. In Costa yesterday all Emma’s limbs were twitching uncontrollably and she spent an hour repeating the same sentence about muffins.
“Then there was the time Dan thought he’d made brilliant progress on his screenplay, but it turned out he’d just typed the word ‘screenplay’ 80,000 times.”
Public health expert Dr Mary Fisher said: “This is a worrying trend as coffee shops are already full of idiots jabbering about nothing after too many espressos.
“If someone is having a coffee overdose you should take them to the nearest pub and make them drink seven pints of strong lager. It’s the only the responsible thing to do.”