SparkingWave From South Korea, joined Jun 2005, 668 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5070 times:
I don't know if this topic has been covered before, but what airline do you think serves the best coffee in coach class? And by that I mean that you've been consistently served a good cup on more than one flight on the same airline!
I've had a good cup of Starbucks on UA flying transpacific between ICN and ORD, but there have been several times too when they didn't make it right and it turned our horrible. That's when I ask for a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream to smooth out the rough spots...
I've flown TG to BKK and they have a nice blend, with a unique taste with certain spices.
It's so important to have a good cup of joe when doing a long haul (or even a short hop). Wouldn't you agree?
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Baw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2018 posts, RR: 29 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4949 times:
Espresso on Alitalia. There are two machines on board: One in Magnifica and one in the center galley. The espressos are served in Magnifica as a part of the service, in Economy, they are available upon request. They use Lavazza ESQ pods, which brews a perfect cup every time.
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Legacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 27 Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4778 times:
How to find out what's best coffee? People around the globe love it in so many different manners, starting up with the American Coffee, someone may call it "colored water", ranging up to Italian Espresso that may nearly kill the American Coffee lover by its strength ..... So I think we wont find a conclusion that easy
UA is real good, Starbucks. CP had Starbucks as well. KL and BA have pretty consistent good cups of brew in econo. Mind you, any coffee tastes good 8.5 hours into a trans-atlantic flight; sun just coming up after a short night, breakfast being served and having the whole cabin smell like coffee and warm buns....
The worst goes to LTU's credit. Luke warm (if you're lucky) instant-crap.
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1825 posts, RR: 61 Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4623 times:
Quoting Andie007 (Reply 10): Definitely Iberia.
I loved their coffee on the Miami route
I have to agree with that. At least it tastes like real coffee and not that squeezed-sock water you get on many other airlines. I have tried coffee on BA, AA, DL, TA, AR, KL, IB, JK and IB has been the only one that has given me "real" coffee.
People from El Salvador would say "100% Salvadorean Cofee" and Guatemalans will say "100% Guatemalan Coffee". Every coffee producing country claims to have "The world's best coffee". I have heard the same about coffee from Viet Nam, Laos, Uganda, Kenia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador...and the list goes on.
I just know that the biggest producer is Brazil and the most advertised is Colombia's coffee.
And don't know if this has to do with quality, but the most expensive coffees you can find at the most select "gourmet" shops here in Madrid are Jamaica's "Blue Mountain" and Guatemala's "Volcán Oro".
TACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4615 times:
Quoting Andie007 (Reply 10): Definitely Iberia.
I loved their coffee on the Miami route.
They served Colombian coffee.
Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 16): People from El Salvador would say "100% Salvadorean Cofee" and Guatemalans will say "100% Guatemalan Coffee". Every coffee producing country claims to have "The world's best coffee". I have heard the same about coffee from Viet Nam, Laos, Uganda, Kenia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador...and the list goes on.
The brand usually served is Britt ( www.cafebritt.com ) (from Costa Rica). The Vietnamese coffee is among the worst in the world.
If this is the impression you got of the coffee served on Iberia then it gives you an idea of how BAD was the coffee on the other airlines.
Btw, Iberia serves only "Café de Colombia". It's just FYI and I don't think Colombian coffee is the world's best although it is has the best marketing.
About Brazilian coffee...we all know that Brazil is the world's biggest producer, but their coffee is not exactly famous for having an outstanding quality...at least not among the best. It could be good for being mixed with other coffees, but it's not so great by itself.
Yes I know that brand. I used to buy lots of packs of those coffee grains covered with chocolate when I used to go to Costa Rica.
Just as a side note, on a TA flight from Miami to San Salvador I was served "Café de Antigua" (Guatemala). That was in early 2003...last time I flew TA before moving back to Spain. The quality of the coffee was not bad (Antigua is where the "Volcan Oro" is produced"), but they ruined it by adding too much water...it was "weak".
And the Vietnamese coffee...I know that's one of the worst, but they also claim to have the world's best...
TACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4607 times:
Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 21): I know that's one of the worst, but they also claim to have the world's best
Usually only the coffee cultivated above 1.200 mts. (café de altura) is good quality (and also depends on the type eg. arabic). Vietnamese coffee is from low fields (in terms of heights).
"In some cases the qualities of the green coffee carried through into the dark roast with startling clarity. The Orleans Coffee Exchange Yirgacheffe and the Starbucks Guatemala Antigua, for example, lost almost none of their individuality in the conversion, and even may have added some nuance. In other cases, the Orleans Coffee Exchange's Costa Rica for example, the coffee's qualities (clean, clear profile, powerful but understated acidity) translated into dark roast terms pleasantly, but not identifiably. In other words, I would have had trouble positively identifying the coffee as a Costa Rica in its dark-roast incarnation, but in retrospect I easily saw how the Costa Rica clarity and power worked itself out in parallel dark-roast terms."
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1825 posts, RR: 61 Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4602 times:
Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 22): Usually only the coffee cultivated above 1.200 mts. (café de altura) is good quality (and also depends on the type eg. arabic).
I know, plus the "Arabic" type is considered to be the best type of coffee. It's the coffee that is mostly produced in Guatemala, Costa Rica (both countries have the "SHB" or Stryctly Hard Bean" type) and Kenya while Brazil (for example) produces coffee of the "Robusta" type, a smaller grain but with a higher content of caffeine.
Btw, according to the 2004 selection made by "Coffee Review", the world's best coffee award was granted to Kenya's coffee, being the 2nd best from Nicaragua and the 3rd from El Salvador.