To date, Delta has become the first of America’s “Big Three” airlines to (quietly) introduce cold brew coffee on board. All I can say is “woohoo”, and ask what took so long? !
Delta now serves Explorer Cold Brew Coffee
Effective June 7, 2022, Delta began serving Explorer Cold Brew:
- This is initially offered exclusively on premium transcontinental routes, including routes like Boston to Los Angeles, New York to San Francisco, etc.
- This is complimentary in premium cabins (including Delta One and Comfort+), while available for purchase for $5 in the main cabin
- It hasn’t been known for a long time that this is being offered, although I don’t think there’s an official end date; so if you love cold brew, be sure to let people know you appreciate this offer, in the hopes that it will be extended system-wide from Delta.
For those unfamiliar, Explorer Cold Brew is an innovative cold brew startup, which I purchased from (unrelated to this Delta arrangement). What makes Explorer unique is that you can customize your caffeine level with each order, with everything ranging from low coffee to extra coffee. Explorer sells cold brew concentrate, and it is recommended to mix it with water in a 1:4 ratio.
In Delta’s case, the airline will serve the regular level of caffeine, and passengers will get the two-ounce bottle, and that will come with a small bottle of water and a cup of ice, so you can mix it yourself, for a delicious cup of cold brew.
Even if you’re not traveling on an eligible Delta itinerary, I recommend checking out the Explorer Cold Brew product line, because you can essentially create your own bold beer to go. You can take the two-ounce bottles on board, then simply order a cup of water to make the perfect drink.
Why Airplane Cold Brew Is Awesome
Coffee is something I’m passionate about, especially in the context of travel. For many of us, coffee helps us through jet lag, early in the morning and late at night. In my opinion, this is such an easy area where airlines and hotels can differentiate themselves with minimal effort.
Admittedly, this just reflects my preferences, but I will always remember an airline or hotel that has particularly good and readily available coffee.
Personally, I can’t figure out how long it took a major US carrier to start serving cold brew coffee:
- Americans love cold brew, so if you’re going to listen to customer reviews, this is an easy area to do it.
- Airplane coffee is generally not good, given the water tanks used; Cold brew is a great alternative, as you can enjoy a caffeinated beverage without having to consume water from airplane tanks
- Personally, I prefer not to drink alcohol when traveling domestically, but I feel like the major airlines really have a fairly limited selection of decent non-alcoholic beverages; sometimes i miss drinking only water or diet coke, and no american airline has decent juice, so cold brew is a great alternative
Anyway, I’ve written about how I wish airlines would introduce cold brew as early as 2017 (and probably before that), so it’s nice to see this finally happening over five years later.
At the end of the line
Delta has become the first of the “big three” carriers to introduce cold brew, thanks to a new partnership with Explorer Cold Brew. The airline will initially offer this on premium transcontinental routes, but with positive feedback this may be expanded to more routes over time. Hoping this becomes the norm rather than the exception.
Anyone else excited to see cold brew finally make its debut on a major US airline?