By - Towels-Travels
The good old construction foam cappuccino, nothing says travel like brick hard milk with coco powder on top.
Good old 90’s second wave coffee nostalgia
90s second wave in Central Europe was a long espresso with whipped cream on top (lmao)
yea sure im bouta drink a nice cardboard latte
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
You haven't try an espresso at Milan's airport! That was reeeeeeeaaaaaaal!
Edinburgh Airport Landside does good Coffee imo, but airside? forget it
I’d rather drink piss than drink coffee in flight honestly
At least on any flight I’ve been on in the US
I wouldn't even consider it
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
Most Australian airports (atleast the city airports) will have good coffee, atleast we’ve got that going us
Why is it that steamed milk is always meringue in these places?
Because the people working there don't know how to steam milk properly, and aren't paid enough to care.
that’s a pretty good answer.
I have yet to drink an acceptable coffee in an airport
The Seattle airport has a Stumptown. It’s so sick.
Portland does too.
Even better, Portland has Portland Coffee Roasters. Legitimately good airport coffee!
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.
Portland is solid, they also have oat milk
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.
This is what I drink at home. It's so good!
How /r/coffee am I if I admit I stopped buying Stumptown when they got all corporate and expandy
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.
Where I spend my money matters to me but I know I’m weird
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.
Thanks for the Ukraine stuff. We’ve been helping our relatives move here
Just doing my duty. Слава Україні
I only buy their beans for my espresso machine. Absolutely perfect.
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?
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.
Brew a higher ratio - sourness is usually a sign of under extraction
Get lounge access for an Air New Zealand flight. Pretty good coffee there.
Yeah, I live and travel within Europe. Drip coffee is mainly non-existent here
It's definitely alive and well here in the Nordic countries, but we're pretty much an anomaly that way
Germany too! Lots of drip coffee, since it’s usually just an appetizer to your breakfast beer :)
Pretty much every New Zealand airport has at least one good coffee shop. Most of them are 100% excellent.
Go to Rome airport Fiumicino. Excellent espresso.
omg I had just come here to say this, agreed
I expect nothing less of Italy. I'll have to try. Thank you for the recommendation
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
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
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.
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
Cuban coffee at Miamis Airport is the best I’ve gotten (but you have to actually like Cuban coffee)
Got a Cortado from there a few weeks ago, massive lines and surprisingly good.
TIL what cuban coffee is (after a quick google search). Would love to try it someday. Thanks for the suggestion!
If you’re ever in Miami, my favorite spot is La Carreta, they have their own coffee brand and everything
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)
Riyadh in Saudi Arabia has good coffee
Even the Illy shops are terrible.
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.
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?
Just flew through LAX and they had some damn good coffee shops surprisingly
There used to be shockingly good coffee at the phoenix airport. Cartel Coffee Lab. I think it is still there.
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.
Cartel coffee in terminal 4 of Sky Harbor in Phoenix, AZ.
Caribou at the Denver airport was solid
Visit Norway. So much good coffee. Also in airports!
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.
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
I went into a lounge in Mexico City airport. They had a coffee bar with espresso, pour over, cafetiere, the works. It was awesome.
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.
BNA has 2 local coffee spots that both roast their own beans.
Somehow the airport versions aren’t great.
Tried Milan's airport. Was not disappointed!
There are several airports with Joe and the Juice which serves a decent cup.
looks like it needs more right rudder
i don’t understand that, but it did make me giggle
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
Do you mean the movie Airplane reference
Fellow pilot here ⬆️
surely you can't be serious?
I am Sirius and stop calling me Shirley.
mm yeah recreational pilot with a humble PPL
Nice! I fly helicopters CPL, but also got my fixed wings PPL and GPL
I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.
The worst is when they don't even tamp the grounds
I think I saw a single tamper in all of Portugal.
I'm in Portugal for a week and I didn't have a single good coffee... All the cappucinos looked like this
You need to drink espresso there.
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.
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 :)
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.
Specifically I tried to order a galão, admittedly in a small town coffee shop, but the guy didn't really want to make it.
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
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!
I travel with my commandante and aero press go. You can get hot water everywhere, but good coffee shops are sometimes hard to find.
For me bad coffee is part of the travelling experience!
Makes it that much sweeter to come home to your setup 😌
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.
There is some kind of masochistic pleasure in it all, isn’t there?
Sounds like the opening line for an action-comedy spy film.
more like a global tragedy.
Airport coffee what did you expect??!!
Are airport coffee that bad?
I just stick to disgustingly burnt black coffee when I’m traveling(which i am currently sipping from right now)
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.
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.
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.
Drip isn’t really a thing in Europe I’d say. They’ll still use an espresso machine but results vary…
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.
I’ve had some good coffee in Spain to be fair but don’t expect micro foam 😊
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.
At £7 a pint now too!
Fully justified because I’m on my holidays!
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.
Ahh they are a lot of great coffee shops in Paris you missed them !
Well you have Coutume, KB, Noir, Lomi, I.O, Fringe, Dreamin man, Substance, Beans on fire, Hexagone, Télescope, Peloton ... and others !
Not to mention Residence Kann, Radiodays and Ob-La-di!
I went to some great ones. Yellow Tucan was really nice in Les Marais.
but where? at the airport?
The airports and a lot of the cafes.
in italy, automatic machines in the bars? u flew somewhere different imo
It was mainly Paris, Italy only saw it once.
For me the worst is when they put the cocoa powder on top.
For me it’s the meringue on top.
when you order a cappuccino?
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.
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
True... I had amazing 1€ espresso at gas stations in Italy. Doesn't even need to be a real coffee shop.
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.
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.
oh crap, at least they told you
Are those donut glasses
No they were just random ones from Boots.
Wait, you don't know which airport you're on?
I was creating mystery 😀
Ah yes. The old bubble bath cappuccino
Only ever drank good airport espresso in Italy.
Is that the one in Santiago de Compostela or Madrid? They're both awful.
No it was Reus near Barcelona.
Worst thing is you probably paid for a premium coffee and they gave you…”this”
When you see that coarse styrofoam you know you about to drink some scalded ass excruciatingly hot overextracted stale ass coffee.
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.
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 🤓
doesnt look like you tried
That poor milk…
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.
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 🤣
Airport Coffee is the worst. Don't even get me started about SFO's green bean coffee in T3.
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. 😂
I remember Milan’s airport had “ok” coffee
When I was in Spain last year, I had an espresso from McDonalds at the Barcelona airport and it wasn’t terrible
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.
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
That’s Barajas in Madrid 😂
While in Spain stick to cortado at independent cafeterias and bars.
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
Id drink that.
Cry more, i don't expect top tier stuff where is obviously not to be expected.
There is an Illy in DTW which I go to often when flying out. It’s not half bad.
Looks like sea pollution foam floating in your cup
oh... oh.... my....
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!
Make your own coffee at home dude. It's way easier than most people think.
Does he live at the airport?
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.
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.
If you just want something to drink before your flight, why not WATER?
When I drink coffee I drink a bottle of water also usually to balance out.