A cute article in Forbes pokes fun at the hysteria over airline coffee. I concur in full.
Is airline coffee better than it has ever been? Will McGough says YES and makes a good case for it:
To me, the state of airline coffee is better than ever, and it would be a shame to have to stop drinking it now, after all these years, after airlines have finally started to care about what they serve.
A look around the airline industry shows Starbucks (Delta/Alaska), Dunkin’ Donuts (JetBlue), Java City (American), illy (United), Kona (Hawaiian), Change Please (Virgin Atlantic) – heck, WestJet even serves McDonald’s coffee.
I will say that United, the carrier I fly most often, does have good coffee but arguably has taken a step backwards in other ways. Prior to the merger with United, Continental Airlines had espresso machines on widebody planes that could make espressos, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and other espresso-based drinks. Former CEO Jeff Smisek ripped out all those machines in a cost-cutting move. It’s sad to finally have decent coffee, but no espresso options…
But overall, I’d say the state of airline coffee is good. It is drinkable on most airlines and we’ve come along way from the
Fresh Poo Fresh Brew coffee from Houston Continental/United used to serve.
That’s what some scare mongers would have you believe, but that is simply questionable speculation at best.
McGough’s bottom line is correct:
Bacteria or no bacteria, Starbucks tastes a lot better than whatever the heck they were serving ten years ago.
(and I don’t even like Starbucks coffee)
So I concur in this:
If you haven’t tried the coffee on a flight recently, if you’re one of those people living in the past, I suggest you give it a shot.
That is… if you dare.
Give the coffee a shot. Life’s too short to be afraid of the water. And the coffee is actually better than it has ever been.