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Over the past few years, we've borne witness to an incredible transformation: in airline lounges, barista-made coffee has become the "new normal".
This is a very welcome change and it's great to be able to enjoy a quality flat white in modern lounges.
However, while the aviation world has been focused on the provision of barista-made espresso-based coffee, the cafes back in our towns and cities have made some advancements of their own.
It is now de rigueur for any cafe worth its salt to offer a range of brew methods in addition to espresso-based coffee. These methods include the Hario V60, the Kalita Wave and the Chemex.
Personally, I've come to prefer these drip coffees to espresso. The range of flavours offered by a lighter roast and the brew method is incredible: you can enjoy a spectrum of flavours ranging a fruit-forward, acidic coffee from Kenya to a hazelnut and chocolate inspired Brazilian coffee. Furthermore, these coffees are best enjoyed without milk, which is a real plus in a world where lactose intolerance on the rise.
I would love to see an airline like Qantas take the lead in expanding the range of coffee available in their lounges. Another benefit of these alternative methods is that the capital costs of production are low; there are no expensive espresso machines involved. The existing baristas could easily be "upskilled" and taught some new brew methods.
Are there any other filter coffee lovers out there?
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Yes, this would be eminently feasible. In fact, on longer trips I take my coffee kit with me (including drip kettle and portable hand-grinder). I've made coffee on planes and trains - the only challenge is convincing the staff to fill your kettle with boiling water. Can be done.
A flight attendant could be trained to do the same. They could make a large, batch-brew style quantity for the premium cabins. Qantas, for example, could use it as a great way to showcase local Australian roasters and sustainable coffee practices.
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