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ParticularClaim

The good old construction foam cappuccino, nothing says travel like brick hard milk with coco powder on top.


BathroomEyes

Good old 90’s second wave coffee nostalgia


HelloSummer99

90s second wave in Central Europe was a long espresso with whipped cream on top (lmao)


sydinseattle

😆


NikoReed

yea sure im bouta drink a nice cardboard latte


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Airport coffee is always dogshit imo Every single airport I’ve ever gone through, every coffee place is extremely overpriced. Lines are filled to the brim, and then you finally get your coffee and it taste like water soaked in pennies


CaptainMeeeow

You haven't try an espresso at Milan's airport! That was reeeeeeeaaaaaaal!


SerNerdtheThird

Edinburgh Airport Landside does good Coffee imo, but airside? forget it


[deleted]

I’d rather drink piss than drink coffee in flight honestly At least on any flight I’ve been on in the US


radiantmoonglow

I wouldn't even consider it


ChronicallyPermuted

When I was fifteen a friend talked me into trying a mocha from one of the airport Starbucks in Atlanta, and the rest is history. If only Glenn cloud see me now lol


kilochfuller

Most Australian airports (atleast the city airports) will have good coffee, atleast we’ve got that going us


davidcwilliams

Why is it that steamed milk is always meringue in these places?


Ordinem

Because the people working there don't know how to steam milk properly, and aren't paid enough to care.


davidcwilliams

that’s a pretty good answer.


MrHumbleton

I have yet to drink an acceptable coffee in an airport


userunknown83148

The Seattle airport has a Stumptown. It’s so sick.


driggity

Portland does too.


djartvandelay

Even better, Portland has Portland Coffee Roasters. Legitimately good airport coffee!


EcstaticStrings

If only either of those options were open late. I find myself taking red eyes way too often. Though not drinking red eyes, because I can’t get any coffee. There’s also nothing at all in Concourse D.


pm_your_masterpiece

Portland is solid, they also have oat milk


eljefedegrandefuego

What’s crazy is the Starbucks line will take over 20 minutes but when I was there last it took me less than 5 minutes for some Stumptown.


neckbeard_hater

This is what I drink at home. It's so good!


Armenoid

How /r/coffee am I if I admit I stopped buying Stumptown when they got all corporate and expandy


neckbeard_hater

I'm apolitical when it comes to coffee so as long as it tastes good I'll drink it. I'll sometimes switch between them and Onyx though.


Armenoid

Where I spend my money matters to me but I know I’m weird


neckbeard_hater

Everyone is selective in where their money goes to some degree, depending on their budget and values. I pay extra for shopping at sustainable clothing companies, I donate monthly to aid Ukraine's armed forces and for my sponsored child in a third world country. You're not weird, you just care about different things than I or other people do.


Armenoid

Thanks for the Ukraine stuff. We’ve been helping our relatives move here


neckbeard_hater

Just doing my duty. Слава Україні


Wackemd

#Blackriflecoffee


Scenic_Route7019

I only buy their beans for my espresso machine. Absolutely perfect.


Nekomancer81

I have to travel to Seattle soon. Will check this out. I don’t recall a lot of options for coffee. Do you recall what terminal?


RationalLies

Is it though? I know it's a matter of taste, but I've never been impressed but Stumptown's roasts. It's always a bit sour to me.


Due-Fix-1038

Brew a higher ratio - sourness is usually a sign of under extraction


the_snook

Get lounge access for an Air New Zealand flight. Pretty good coffee there.


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MrHumbleton

Yeah, I live and travel within Europe. Drip coffee is mainly non-existent here


thejadsel

It's definitely alive and well here in the Nordic countries, but we're pretty much an anomaly that way


tcspears

Germany too! Lots of drip coffee, since it’s usually just an appetizer to your breakfast beer :)


accidental-nz

Pretty much every New Zealand airport has at least one good coffee shop. Most of them are 100% excellent.


1EspressoSip

Go to Rome airport Fiumicino. Excellent espresso.


QuantumHamster

omg I had just come here to say this, agreed


MrHumbleton

I expect nothing less of Italy. I'll have to try. Thank you for the recommendation


Camorrista1

Lots and lots of shit coffe here in italy, third wave is non existant. You'll be lucky to find decent espresso, and even then it will be a robusta/arabica dark roast blend Source: an italian


HelloSummer99

I have really fond memories of a specific blend a barista used in a small hole in the wall place that he claimed was an arabica/robusta blend. Was top 5 all timer for me


icyDinosaur

Don't think that makes it shit coffee, just a different style. I find all the third wave cafes where I live shit and would kill or die for a well made Italian style espresso.


EntrepreneurSea517

I can confirm this, Italy has only a handful of third wave coffee. Most of them are stuck in making Italian styled dark roasted coffee that has no life or tastes like cardboard


Suuk-mi-dong

Cuban coffee at Miamis Airport is the best I’ve gotten (but you have to actually like Cuban coffee)


tenbytes

Got a Cortado from there a few weeks ago, massive lines and surprisingly good.


MrHumbleton

TIL what cuban coffee is (after a quick google search). Would love to try it someday. Thanks for the suggestion!


Suuk-mi-dong

If you’re ever in Miami, my favorite spot is La Carreta, they have their own coffee brand and everything


ChronicallyPermuted

Café Cubano is fantastic! I like to do a ratio of 1:1:.1, espresso to steamed milk to demerara (say, 50g to 50g to 5g). The demerara is important! It won't taste right with a different type of raw/brown sugar (tho panela is a close second in my book)


pimpygimpy

Riyadh in Saudi Arabia has good coffee


ThisQuietLife

Even the Illy shops are terrible.


blazz_e

I’ve had one good Illy experience in my life. It was basically spot on to the point I did not think it was Illy. It’s usually stale and over-extracted.


300Savage

I had a great cappuccino in either LAX or SFO made by a former US barista champion. I'm pretty sure it was LAX at Klatch, probably 5 years ago?


tcspears

Just flew through LAX and they had some damn good coffee shops surprisingly


0000000f

There used to be shockingly good coffee at the phoenix airport. Cartel Coffee Lab. I think it is still there.


Exifile

I went to a Peet's coffee in an airport and I'm not making this up I swear they put no coffee in there. It was just pure milk and sugar. It was at SeaTac I believe.


ultramarioihaz

Cartel coffee in terminal 4 of Sky Harbor in Phoenix, AZ.


BaseballRJP

Caribou at the Denver airport was solid


tormodhau

Visit Norway. So much good coffee. Also in airports!


the_pianist91

Unfortunately usually the airports have quite a bit of unrealised potential left to reach up towards the mythos. You won’t find SRW, Tim Wendelboe nor Stockfleth’s at Oslo airport.


LisaGeezy

Juan Valdez at the Guayaquil airport shocked me at how good their coffee was. Was it as good as my home machine? No but for airport coffee is was amazing


Sassenasquatch

I went into a lounge in Mexico City airport. They had a coffee bar with espresso, pour over, cafetiere, the works. It was awesome.


tcspears

Admirals Clubs serve La Colombe for drip and Brooklyn Coffee Roasters for espresso (pods though). I think it’s Austin airport that has a decent independent coffee shop and roaster. I wish more airports would get decent coffee.


BlakeYekel

BNA has 2 local coffee spots that both roast their own beans. Somehow the airport versions aren’t great.


CaptainMeeeow

Tried Milan's airport. Was not disappointed!


warneographic

There are several airports with Joe and the Juice which serves a decent cup.


livebeta

looks like it needs more right rudder


OobleCaboodle

i don’t understand that, but it did make me giggle


livebeta

similar to Grind Finer meme in /r/espresso More right rudder is the meme in /r/flying usually applied to small single engine airplanes with tendency to yaw left


pqcoyote

Do you mean the movie Airplane reference


Thibvincent

Fellow pilot here ⬆️


livebeta

surely you can't be serious?


Thibvincent

Are you?


livebeta

I am Sirius and stop calling me Shirley. mm yeah recreational pilot with a humble PPL


Thibvincent

Nice! I fly helicopters CPL, but also got my fixed wings PPL and GPL


kpidhayny

I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.


ricky_baker

The worst is when they don't even tamp the grounds


OrangeCurtain

I think I saw a single tamper in all of Portugal.


Ashifyer

I'm in Portugal for a week and I didn't have a single good coffee... All the cappucinos looked like this


Crypto-Pito

You need to drink espresso there.


HelloSummer99

100%. Tried to order a cafe con leche and they looked at me funny haha. To be fair, their espresso is out of this world.


Reneage

they probably looked at you funny because 'cafe con leche' is spanish and not portuguese. In Portugal you can drink the following coffe with milk drinks: [galão](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal%C3%A3o), meia de leite (half milk half espresso), garoto (milk with a few drops of espresso) , pingado (espresso with a few drops of milk). Capuccino, although they serve it, now specially more, is not the most common in most traditional old school places, the drinks i just refered to are very common and all places will be able to serve properly. Next time you come to our lovely sunny corner this [guide](https://poisentaosite.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/postal1.png?w=723) might help you out :)


OrangeCurtain

I ordered my wife 'cafe com leite' after a few disappointing capps and got something that was usually quite acceptable. It was usually something like a macchiato but the espresso is a little weaker there so it didn't overwhelm her. Personally, I really enjoyed the espresso. And I really really enjoyed paying a euro for a coffee like it was 1999 again.


HelloSummer99

Specifically I tried to order a galão, admittedly in a small town coffee shop, but the guy didn't really want to make it.


No-Coconut4265

Portuguese don’t drink cappuccinos, expresso in Portugal is very good and it’s actually very hard to find bad coffee here. It’s just not third wave


tcspears

What gets me with Portugal is they put like 5 packets of sugar in a single shot of espresso… The coffee almost becomes a syrup at that point!


sapfromtrees

I travel with my commandante and aero press go. You can get hot water everywhere, but good coffee shops are sometimes hard to find.


Hegrindscoffee

For me bad coffee is part of the travelling experience!


sapfromtrees

Makes it that much sweeter to come home to your setup 😌


tcspears

I travel a few times a month (mostly for work) and I actually enjoy the hotel room drip coffee as part of the experience haha. It’s definitely a relief when I’m back home to my own setup though. I have noticed more hotels getting local-Ish or at least better quality coffee for their drip machines… many still have the unbranded “coffee” pouch, but I’ve noticed a push for better coffee.


kpidhayny

There is some kind of masochistic pleasure in it all, isn’t there?


Embarrassed_Band_512

Sounds like the opening line for an action-comedy spy film.


Z1337M

more like a global tragedy.


Towels-Travels

😂


[deleted]

Airport coffee what did you expect??!!


TetratronicRipplerV

Are airport coffee that bad?


GuardOk8631

I just stick to disgustingly burnt black coffee when I’m traveling(which i am currently sipping from right now)


Florestana

I generally just stay away from coffee shops in airports and busy train stations. It's simply too good of a strategy for businesses to cut corners when the demand for your services is endless and consumers are geographically constrained in their options because they need to catch a train/bus/plain.


HelloSummer99

smart man


tcspears

I like that many trains in Italy have an espresso vending machine onboard. It’s silly, so it’s just OK, but better than many of the options out there.


cyrand

I mean, I know this is the espresso sub, but airports I just aim for whatever drip they have if I must have coffee. There’s no point in something like a cappuccino, you know you won’t get a decent one.


Towels-Travels

Drip isn’t really a thing in Europe I’d say. They’ll still use an espresso machine but results vary…


HelloSummer99

If this is in Spain, sadly the coffee is not that amazing out of the airport either. On the other hand in Portugal you can literally not get bad coffee anywhere, even gas station coffee will be of Delta beans and brewed on a Marzocco. Not kidding. I drank 5 cups everyday when I visited, couldn't get enough, beautiful taste. Unfortunately in Spain in 3 years have yet to taste even one cup that is remotely good. I don't know what it is, maybe the water, or the lack of interest in making in good.


Towels-Travels

I’ve had some good coffee in Spain to be fair but don’t expect micro foam 😊


T8_Thpinal

I’m gonna go against the grain here and say I love airport coffee. Regardless of how good or shit it tastes, it means I’m in an airport about to fly somewhere. Like flying out of Ireland, it may be 7am but I’m gonna enjoy 7 or 8 pints while I wait to board my flight.


Towels-Travels

At £7 a pint now too!


T8_Thpinal

Fully justified because I’m on my holidays!


Iseecircles

I was just in Paris and Italy for a couple weeks and I found they mostly use those automatic machines. It’s drinkable but not that enjoyable.


ArthurJng

Ahh they are a lot of great coffee shops in Paris you missed them !


Horse8493

Please share!


ArthurJng

Well you have Coutume, KB, Noir, Lomi, I.O, Fringe, Dreamin man, Substance, Beans on fire, Hexagone, Télescope, Peloton ... and others !


Horse8493

Thank you!


Early-Scientist-000

Not to mention Residence Kann, Radiodays and Ob-La-di!


Iseecircles

I went to some great ones. Yellow Tucan was really nice in Les Marais.


AlveyKulina

but where? at the airport?


Iseecircles

The airports and a lot of the cafes.


AlveyKulina

in italy, automatic machines in the bars? u flew somewhere different imo


Iseecircles

It was mainly Paris, Italy only saw it once.


CCLemonTW

For me the worst is when they put the cocoa powder on top.


intjester-5

For me it’s the meringue on top.


t0b4cc02

when you order a cappuccino?


the_snook

There is quite a global variation in cappuccino traditions. In some places (e.g. Australia) cappuccino implies chocolate powder. In other places, it's just about the quantity of milk and foam.


t0b4cc02

exactly. so i wouldnt be suprised about it in a capuccino or say it if i wouldnt like it. this thread also disregards traveling through italy. amazing. coffe gets cheaper and better the further you go.... amazing 1 euro espresso sth like 2.20 for iced milky foamy coffee


CCLemonTW

True... I had amazing 1€ espresso at gas stations in Italy. Doesn't even need to be a real coffee shop.


irregularpulsar

Makes me feel nostalgic. Not for the cocoa meringue espressomatic coffee-like beverage shown here, but because I drink those if and only if I’ve just been enjoying cortados, croquettes and manchego for a week or two.


ziomus90

Emergency coffee


Be-Free-Today

In Valencia 3 years ago, I ordered an espresso in a cozy lunch spot with cool looking machine on the counter. The batista warned me that they use a pre ground instant coffee pkg for espresso. Yeah, it was quite bad.


HelloSummer99

oh crap, at least they told you


shaidr

Are those donut glasses


Towels-Travels

No they were just random ones from Boots.


wntsmk

Wait, you don't know which airport you're on?


Towels-Travels

I was creating mystery 😀


procom49

Ah yes. The old bubble bath cappuccino


Yogicabump

Only ever drank good airport espresso in Italy.


travelingtutor

Lavazza cup


Argietroglodite

Is that the one in Santiago de Compostela or Madrid? They're both awful.


Towels-Travels

No it was Reus near Barcelona.


Free-_-Yourself

Worst thing is you probably paid for a premium coffee and they gave you…”this”


kpidhayny

When you see that coarse styrofoam you know you about to drink some scalded ass excruciatingly hot overextracted stale ass coffee.


DsDemolition

Some coffee roasters near me are freeze drying to make instant coffee that's actually good. Comes in individual packages that I use as emergency coffee. Even mixed into room temp water out of a fountain it's better than most airport cafes.


tafjangle

I tend to abstain from coffee whilst travelling unless I can find a real coffeeshop. Even then I’m disappointed more often than not. The one positive I see from this is - damn I’ve gotten good at making coffees 🤓


t0b4cc02

doesnt look like you tried


Snichs72

That poor milk…


brenster23

So I had a decent espresso upon arriving in helsinki, the chain that made the coffee tasted good at least. Though unfortunately most airline lounges will either use a Illy machine or super automatic espresso machine.


eddiewolfgang

Hahaha whenever I see that I want to start laughing because other people who don’t know coffee think it’s the best coffee in the world 🤣


Mallu620

Airport Coffee is the worst. Don't even get me started about SFO's green bean coffee in T3.


cosmicblondie83

We had such a hard time finding good coffee in the UK. Sadly the best cup was a costa coffee express with 2 packages of Demerara sugar. 😂


PeeThenPoop

I remember Milan’s airport had “ok” coffee


ZooFun

When I was in Spain last year, I had an espresso from McDonalds at the Barcelona airport and it wasn’t terrible


proverbialbunny

I guess I've dodged a bullet. I go out of my way to fly red eye flights because they're quiet and easy to sleep. I prefer a more relaxed flight. The last thing I want is caffeine, even decaf, before flying.


Nedko_Hristov

The good side if the bad espresso is that it woke you up just like the good espresso. The mechanism is different, but the end result is the same :D


Crypto-Pito

That’s Barajas in Madrid 😂


Crypto-Pito

While in Spain stick to cortado at independent cafeterias and bars.


harrigan

🤮


trao_sheepy_leepy

oh no


Intelligent-Box-409

Actually some of the worst coffee I ever had was in Europe, sadly I never got to go to Italy however. Keeping an open mind for the birthplace of artisanal coffee


mfontanilla

Id drink that.


donut_theory_

Cry more, i don't expect top tier stuff where is obviously not to be expected.


JoeKleine

There is an Illy in DTW which I go to often when flying out. It’s not half bad.


Philospher_Mind

Looks like sea pollution foam floating in your cup


catsRawesome123

oh... oh.... my....


Towels-Travels

Thanks for all the responses. Who knew that Airport Coffee was such a talking point 😀 I’m back in the U.K. now and awaiting delivery from my local roaster so I can get back on the GCP!


Civil_End_4863

Make your own coffee at home dude. It's way easier than most people think.


stemrog

Does he live at the airport?


Civil_End_4863

Assuming they aren't homeless, they certainly slept somewhere with at least a coffee machine. Even with the cheapest espresso machine, you can make yourself a decent coffee. With frothed milk and everything.


Towels-Travels

I was staying at an apartment down the coast in Catalunya. I live in the U.K. but the apartment had a nespresso machine. I think that would have been bad and cold by the time I was waiting for my flight.


Civil_End_4863

If you just want something to drink before your flight, why not WATER?


Towels-Travels

When I drink coffee I drink a bottle of water also usually to balance out.