The Coffee Served on 44 Airlines Around the World

If you’re someone who flies regularly, whether for business or pleasure, then you’ll be familiar with this scenario:

It’s 1:00 am. You’ve been on the plane for over an hour after being in the airport terminal for what felt like forever. It’s too noisy to sleep, people are talking, some are snoring, and there’s that one baby that just won’t stop crying, no matter what mom does. You feel grimy and annoyed, and you just want to arrive where you need to be. But you know you have another five hours ahead of you before landing. It’s going to be a long night.

You press the button for a flight attendant to come to your seat. You ask her for a coffee. You sit back, happy that, if nothing else, you can enjoy a nice cup of java.

She returns with a Styrofoam cup and a price tag that makes you want to laugh or cry (you’re not sure which). Nevertheless, you hand over the money, anticipating that first sip will make it all worthwhile. You open the lid, ready to take a long sniff of the savior before you. However, what greets you makes you wrinkle your nose in disgust. It’s a cup of lukewarm, weak instant coffee. It looks like it’s seen better days, but you tell yourself it’ll taste better than it looks. You brace yourself and take a sip, but your taste buds recoil. You force yourself to swallow, grimacing all the while. You remind yourself that it costs the amount of a three-course meal and force the rest of it down.

Congratulations, your descent into hell is now complete. Sound familiar? Does the thought of your shiny coffee machine at home, which makes good, tasty coffee, make you want to parachute to safety and never fly again?

Admit it, we’ve all been there!

The good news is that this scenario is a thing of the past. Okay, we’ll never fully eradicate the noise on a plane, and some people will never be able to relax enough to sleep properly on one, but the coffee—the shining moment in a sea of chaos—is the golden brown cup of sanity. The one thing that can make your flight bearable.

Now that’s coffee of good quality, the kind you’d find in your favorite coffee shop. Don’t believe me? I admit that it sounds way too good to be true, but it is. Airlines have finally realized that their customers want good coffee, and these top forty-four airlines have really listened to their customers. They now serve coffee from recognizable brands such as Costa, Starbucks, and Nescafé. Take a look below to see what they’re serving on board.

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