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Best Coffee In Coach Class? Which Airline?  
User currently offlineSparkingWave From South Korea, joined Jun 2005, 671 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6339 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?

Please let me know your experiences. Together we can actually make A.net a useful forum for meaningful information exchange!

-Sparkingwave


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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6330 times:

1) Avianca: 100% Colombian coffee.
2) TACA: 100% Costa Rican coffee.


User currently offlineSparkingWave From South Korea, joined Jun 2005, 671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6318 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 1):
1) Avianca: 100% Colombian coffee.
2) TACA: 100% Costa Rican coffee.

Oooh. That sounds yummy.

Sparkingwave



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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6263 times:

Quoting SparkingWave (Reply 2):
That sounds yummy

And it's yummy.


User currently offlineBaw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2028 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6218 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.

baw716



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User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6147 times:

Air France
Air France
Air France

Really. (just my opinion though..)


User currently offlineUAORD2000 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6115 times:

Gotta go with the Starbucks on UA!!

User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7221 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6108 times:

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 5):
Air France
Air France
Air France

Really. (just my opinion though..)

And my opinion too... Air france coffee is always great...



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User currently offlineWorkhorse From France, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6057 times:

I vote Air France too, though I have yet to experience the Alitalia's.

User currently offlineLegacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6047 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  Wink

User currently offlineAndie007 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 874 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5953 times:

Definitely Iberia.
I loved their coffee on the Miami route.


User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5951 times:

I like too much the small arabic coffe they give you in a tiny white cup together with date(s) on Saudi Arabian. If you like it they will refill your tiny cup, smiling, because you just like it.

You can try it next time in guest (=US coach) class with SV. It's part of their Golden Service only.

Cheers. Kilavoud.


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5933 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 1):
1) Avianca: 100% Colombian coffee.

Only if it's hand picked by Juan Valdez!  

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.  no 

[Edited 2005-07-24 19:27:01]


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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5920 times:

2 airlines have my favourite coffees:

1 - Alitalia
2 - KLM



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5912 times:

Although I have never flown with them I have been informed that ET serves the best coffee in coach. After all, Ethopia is where coffee was discovered.


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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5905 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 12):
Only if it's hand picked by Juan Valdez!

It is hand picked by JV!!!!!!


User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5892 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.

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 1):
2) TACA: 100% Costa Rican 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".



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3148 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 16):
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.

Hm, I disagree there Alfonso. When I tasted it, it tasted like dilute... instant coffee.

The best coffe I've ever drank aboard a plane has to be RG's. Pure Brazillian coffee.

And the best coffee ever (not on planes) is Costa Rican!!


Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD-11 Junkie



There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5889 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 1):
2) TACA: 100% Costa Rican coffee.

When I was in Matagalpa, Nicaragua I worked at a coffe plant for a little while and I think we sold some to Taca/Taca's parent company.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5884 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.


User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5884 times:

Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 17):
When I tasted it, it tasted like dilute... instant coffee.

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.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5880 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 19):
The brand usually served is Britt

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...

[Edited 2005-07-25 04:08:12]


¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5876 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."

[Edited 2005-07-25 04:20:00]

User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5871 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.

This classification can change from year to year.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3148 posts, RR: 57
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5865 times:

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 23):
I know, plus the "Arabic" type is considered to be the best type of coffee.

You mean Mocca?

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 20):
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.

I remember the really good catering service IB had on the flight, but the coffee wasn't the best. I've had better coffee on AR, I swear (and theirs is not one of the best either).


Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD-11 Junkie



There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
25 IBERIA747 : No Gastón, Arabica is the type of grain...it's like the Coffee's "race". Arabica and Robusta are the main types of coffee. I found the following com
26 Post contains images MD11junkie : Great, thanks for the INFO! I'll try the Zambian coffee - just to give Africa another shot. Kenyan coffee is not that good. Cheers! Gastón - The MD-1
27 TACAA320 : Just my personal opinion: when a person taste first quality coffee, no matter where they come from, if such person is not an "expert", he/she can't de
28 Post contains links and images Carmenlu15 : I'd think it's a matter of personal taste. For instance, I see many favorable opinions about Starbucks (100% Guatemalan coffee, btw ), yet there was a
29 RCS763AV : 1. AV (Juan Valdez Brand 100% Colombian Coffe Export Type) 2. The rest that serve colombian (IB, AA did in the past)
30 GhostRider : Does anyone agree with me when I say UA and other airlines should be more original than choosing Starbucks? I mean, I like Starbucks and all, but they
31 Avianca : no matter AV ... it´s a shame that LH does not serve any more Juan Valdes on flights... they changed some years to Condor from Peru ... well it´s wa
32 LipeGIG : Varig, Varig, Varig ! The very best Gourmet Coffee. In my opinion just fantastic and one of the best in the world (may be the best). Gourmet Coffees a
33 CXA330300 : Turkish.........yummy. Worst: American. Dishwasher water.
34 ArmitageShanks : Agreed, but Delta's coffee gives me a good feeling whenever I smell it.
35 Post contains images ACDC8 : Matter of opinions and tastes my friend. I prefer an African grown bean over a South American. [Edited 2005-07-28 06:32:12]
36 SouthwestMDW : I like the coffee on United. I hate the coffee on American. Gross! For the reasons stated above.
37 UA772IAD : I bet Saudi Arabian has good coffee, even though Arabic coffee is a bit sweeter, I love that stuff. Plus, coffee is a pretty trendy and popular drink
38 UAalltheway : I'm with the majority of the majority of people in here... UA's Starbucks wins my vote hands down.
39 TACAA320 : Agreed.
40 Aa777jr : I don't do cafe, but can I get a hot tea on BA please?! Regards.
41 UAalltheway : Haha I'm partially with you on that one too- I'm also a tea person (depends on what mood i'm in). But when I was on VS they made their hot tea sooo s
42 Post contains links TACAA320 : For those who like tea >>>>>> http://www.guayaki.com/bulletin/Bulletin.2003-05-02.2236/view The best!
43 Post contains images ACDC8 : I like a cup of tea everyonce in awhile myself, but usually only on shorthaul KL or BA flights. On my longhauls I need coffee! Thanks for the link TA
44 TACAA320 : You're very welcome!
45 Post contains images Vatveng : None. Coffee =
46 Post contains images Checo77 : TACAA320, I must agree that the best coffee is Caffe Britt. When I travel to CR every year, I just cannot miss a visit at their factory in Heredia and
47 PPVRA : Most of our coffee is for export, and exports don't always need the best beans. If the coffee beans are going to be in a cheap company's coffee, they
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