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Best Coffee On An Airline?  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4980 times:

The best coffee I have had so far is on Iberia, KLM and of course TACA which seems to have an excellent selection of central american coffee.

The grossest one I've ever had was on Easy Jet from GVA to CIA. Very bland and tasted like sand !

[Edited 2006-12-07 11:19:54]


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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4972 times:

When I flew from California to Europe a couple of times on KLM, I also thought their coffee was good.

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4971 times:

I agree with you about the KLM coffee RootsAir, it's great isn't it! I also liked the coffee on Air France, but then again it could be because it's the same supplied to both airlines since they merged.

Also the coffee on Air Southwest, I liked that too, probably because it's the same as the coffee I drink at home, Kenco. mmm *puts kettle on* silly 

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User currently offlineAsturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 2156 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

Oh I agree the coffee on Iberia is good, but especially on Air Nostrum (IB regional) and the best coffee I know of is from AEY to RKV on Air Iceland (FI regional). Regional coffee. Good stuff  Smile

cheers

Asturias



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4949 times:

Any coffee with Bailey's in it is okay with me......  goodvibes   up 


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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4934 times:
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Coffee on IB!  yes 

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User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4875 times:

Iberia and Mexicana ae good.

but Avianca kicks their butts with Colombia´s Juan Valdez trademark coffee.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Thread starter):
Best Coffee On An Airline?

You do realize that's an oxymoronic statement? While airlines may use good blends, the best blend in the world doesn't mean a thing if it isn't brewed properly, and nearly all onboard coffee makers cannot brew a proper cup of coffee due to the pressurized atmosphere at altitude. Since water boils at a lower temperature at higher altitudes, the optimum brewing temperature for coffee (195-205F) is above the boiling point for water at the "altitude" the a/c is pressurized to (The boiling point for water drops 2F for every 1000 ft. above seas level). Boiling water + coffee=A bad pot of coffee. Boiling water kills some of the oils and other chemical compounds that gives coffee its' flavor. Add to that the questionable "potable" water supply onboard, and you have a recipe for a bad pot of coffee (unless the onboard coffee brewer has a pour over option, which helps a little bit since they can use bottle water). The other option is to have it brewed on the ground, but by the time they get around to serving it, it's too late. A freshly brewed pot of coffee stays that for about 30 minutes before the oils in coffee start to break down, especially if the coffee is in a carafe that has direct contact to a heat source. A thermal carafe or an airpot will keep it fresh longer since the coffee is not in contact with any heat source (a thermal carafe or an airpot is basically a souped up thermos).

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 4):
Any coffee with Bailey's in it is okay with me.....

That's about the only way to somewhat salvage a cup or airline coffee.


User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1846 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4861 times:

AF serves espresso in long-haul J and F and they are great

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4856 times:

Quoting Goldorak (Reply 8):
AF serves espresso in long-haul J and F and they are great

I would assume they use a pod or capsule type machine like Alitalia does? I couldn't imagine an F/A grinding the beans, tamping the grounds into the portafilter, and then extract a shot from the machine. I use a capsule machine at home and I love it. While it may not make as good of a cup of espresso like you'd find at a coffee house, you can't beat the convenience.


User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4835 times:

Best I ever had was on an AA flight from BOS to somewhere out west.
Asked the FA what it was and she said it was Jamaican Blue Mountain.
T'was years ago..I doubt that in this era of cost-cutting they still serve it.  coffee  TPAnx



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4832 times:

Any coffee is great just after the cabin lights go on during a east bound trans atlantic flight. But KLM does offer a consistently good coffee (for airline standards), BA is also quite good. The absolute worse I've ever had were on my LTU long-hauls, luke warm and tasted like instant coffee.


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User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4823 times:

um Horizon air??? Starbucks??? FREE!!!!!!!!!!! thats all i have to say

User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4814 times:

Quoting Goldorak (Reply 8):
AF serves espresso in long-haul J and F and they are great

what about that dissolvable coffee that supposedly poisoned a passenger last month ? is it any good?



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User currently offlineArcticBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4795 times:

Yep, "Alaska737" is spot on. Fresh Starbucks on Horizon Air, especially after a couple glasses (okay, "cups") of their current microbrew offering, also free. And, if all this is while en-route to YYC to see a Calgary Flames (hockey) game, hey, gotta love it.  bigthumbsup 

//Paul in SEA


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4776 times:

Nothing better than a cup of fresh brewed Britt coffee.

User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4750 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 15):
Nothing better than a cup of fresh brewed Britt coffee.

Exactly!!! That's why I particularly enjoyed my coffee on TACA flight from LPB to LIM whilst flying over the andes! yumm. The best is that I was served two times !!!



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User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4732 times:

Austrian Airlines - probably due to their long-standing national obsession with coffee since the Turks pounded on the gates of Vienna a few centuries ago...

Not only strong and tasty, but the 'cream' that they serve with it makes it so smooth (Kaffeeobers)

Worst was AA ORD-LAX last week - Juan Valdez is pulling a fast one on them and flogging his cheap unwanted excess supply over to the States  vomit 



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User currently offlineKelebek From Austria, joined Oct 2006, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4688 times:

TK's coffee is good too.
actually the question is quite difficult to answer, cuz it just depends on one's taste..
LH war quite okay for my taste, while JK was aweful.


User currently offlineA300605R From Germany, joined Nov 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4684 times:

Blue Wings / Mahan Air had a very good coffee. But maybe it tasted so good because it was my first after 4 weeks of tea...  Wink


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4673 times:

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 17):

Worst was AA ORD-LAX last week - Juan Valdez is pulling a fast one on them and flogging his cheap unwanted excess supply over to the States

I think it was Juan's brother Julio......  duck 

With airlines cutting costs, it wouldn't surprise me if coffee was one of the areas some airlines cut costs. Probably switched to a blend that is more Robusta beans than Arabica beans. Robustas are cheaper beans and tend to be used in quite a few of the brands you see in stores (if it doesn't say 100% Colombian or 100% Arabica, it will have Robusta beans used in the blend.).


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4649 times:

Actually, I have found UA's coffee quite good for a very ironic reason - they use Starbuck's Coffee at half strength!!

Someone on TV was saying the other day that "Starbuck's makes their coffee too strong and brews it too hot - it always tastes burnt!!". That was the first time anyone had used my exact same words!!

United, on the other hand, in an effort to save money, makes their coffee at half strength, and not as hot - so the beans are burned and the flavor comes through. And besides, it's fun to go ask for another cup and chat with the f/a's...find out if any of them might be aviation enthusiasts...talk planes...you know, a good conversation starter.  wink 



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4642 times:

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 21):

Someone on TV was saying the other day that "Starbuck's makes their coffee too strong and brews it too hot - it always tastes burnt!!". That was the first time anyone had used my exact same words!!

Starbucks, in comparison to the majority of roasters, over roasts their coffee. They're trying to extract the maximum amount of flavor in the roast, but once you start roasting past the typical dark roast ranges, you do risk burning the beans.


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