Member since 19 Jan 2018
Total posts 41
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?
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 146
Or even, dare I say it, onboard?
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 135
There are times I just want an "American" coffee - drip brewed and not as strong as something like a long black. So bring on the chemex! Australia seems obsessed with Starbucks flavors and with European coffee styles. Not that 'flat white" would make much sense to anyone in Italy, though I guess it's just a latte served other than in the traditional glass.
Member since 16 Oct 2015
Total posts 2
Wen you say drip filter is not as strong as a long black, surprisingly, dip filter coffee has a much higher caffeine level than a long black. This is mainly due doe the short extraction time of a properly made espresso, as opposed to the drip filter which is longer.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 18 Jul 2015
Total posts 16
One of the problems in flight is that water boils at a lower temperature with lower air pressure.
Could just be me, LB seems to taste stronger. I guess a lot of places do double shots as standard. Also a lot of coffee in America is Hawaiian kona, quite a light flavor. Interesting that in France, Cafe Americain is readily available - but not here.
Member since 17 Aug 2012
Total posts 1,293
Why would you want an American coffee?Long blacks have a stronger flavour but less caffeine, and that works for me on the ground; on the aircraft, I find that plunger works better, as it's a straightforward process, so a good product and good crew should result in a good cup (and even the current Qantas plunger coffee is drinkable enough).
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.
Member since 02 Apr 2017
Total posts 164
I don’t really drink or enjoy coffee - so a properly made hot chocolate would be welcome.
Member since 18 Feb 2017
Total posts 60
I’m afraid I’ve been put off tea and coffee on board since I heard that crew don’t drink it as the water boilers are rarely cleaned and it’s a health hazard. So I would be grateful to see the sticker that tells you when the boiler was last cleaned :)
Total posts 64
I'm just curious, but do you clean your kettle at home?
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 334
Innovative or not, you're NOT gonna see major airlines offer the like of Kopi Luwak coffee (that is passed through the digestive system of the Indonesian Civet cat) in any 'premium' cabin. Whilst it is the most expensive coffee on the planet, no manner of 'explanation' or 'provenance' on a menu card would negate the actual method of production.
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 05 Jun 2017
Total posts 9
First world problems
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