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Ad of the Day: Costa Coffee


Do you love coffee? Probably not as much as your average barista at Costa Coffee, the U.K.'s biggest coffeehouse chain (and the world's second largest, behind Starbucks). According to this crazy new spot from London ad agency Karmarama, Costa employees boast a borderline unhealthy obsession with coffee beans that sometimes manifests itself in the form of imaginary musical productions.

The minute-long spot, directed by Sam Brown of Rogue Films, opens with curtains pulling back to reveal a bunch of disembodied heads bobbing in a sea of coffee beans, all singing along to the opening chords of "I Was Made for Lovin' You" by Kiss. These dozens of heads, arranged in the shape of a heart, display a remarkable passion for sharing their love of coffee through song. They are also really creepy—especially when the occasional fist pump emerges from the flood of beans, like a zombie arm breaking free of its earthly tomb. (One could also argue it's virtually impossible to sing the words "I want to give it all to you/In the darkness/There's so much I want to do" without being creepy, zombie hands or no.)

But it turns out this is all just a fever-dream taking place in the mind of one highly imaginative Costa Coffee barista. Luckily, his customer seems to be too busy looking at her phone to notice that her server has just zoned out for an entire minute.

The moral of this story? Don't overdo it with the caffeine.

Client: Costa Coffee
Agency: Karmarama, London
Creative Directors: Sam Walker, Joe de Souza
Agency Producer: Emma Johnston
Planner: Will Hodge
Director: Sam Brown
Director of Photography: Alex Barber
Production Company: Rogue
Production Producer: James Howland
Editor: Amanda James
Postproduction Company: The Mill
Post producer: Chris Batten
Visual Effects Shoot: Andy Dill
Telecine Artist: Seamus O’Kane
Flame Lead Artist: Barnsley
Audio: Ben Leeves, Grand Central
Music: Major Tom

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