Which Airport Lounges Have The Best Coffee?

Which Airport Lounges Have The Best Coffee?

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I love great coffee. I enjoy it at home, and I especially enjoy it when traveling. Of course coffee has the benefit of having caffeine, but for me it’s so much more than that — enjoying coffee is a ritual for me, and on some level I consider good coffee to be art. A hotel or airline offering solid coffee is always memorable for me, so I wanted to talk about that a bit as it relates to airport lounges.

The Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi has amazing coffee

After flying Fiji Airways business class from Los Angeles to Nadi, I headed to the FIji Airways Lounge Nadi Airport. Not only is this open to Fiji Airways business class passengers, but it’s also a Priority Pass lounge.

This is a surprisingly impressive lounge, especially when you consider it’s open to Priority Pass members. It’s nicely furnished (though dark), and has an exceptional food selection. However, what really stood out to me was the barista-made coffee.

Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi Airport

There are servers roaming the lounge offering coffee, and I ordered a cappuccino. I was even asked for my milk preference, and there were several options. I think this was probably the best coffee drink I’ve ever had in an airport lounge. Not only was it beautifully presented, but the taste was truly perfect — it was smooth, not at all bitter, and the temperature was perfect.

Cappuccino in Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi Airport

I rate this coffee 10/10, and that’s not even accounting for this being an airport lounge.

Other airport lounges with great coffee

Coffee is an airport lounge amenity I really value, so that got me thinking about what other lounges have great coffee. A few stand out to me…

Australia is of course known for its coffee culture, so I find that Qantas First Lounges have phenomenal coffee, whether in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Singapore, or Sydney.

Qantas First Lounge Singapore latte

Air New Zealand Lounges also have barista-made coffee. What’s cool is that you can order (and customize) your coffee on a tablet, and you can even choose whether you want it in a to-go cup or not.

Air New Zealand Lounge Auckland coffee ordering menu
Air New Zealand Lounge Auckland flat white

Here in the United States, I’d say that United Polaris Lounges offer great coffee, as they have a barista setup.

United Polaris Lounge Houston cappuccino

Among membership lounges in the United States, you can’t beat Alaska Lounges, which also have barista-made coffee.

Alaska Lounge Los Angeles espresso machine
Alaska Lounge New York cappuccino

Among Priority Pass lounges, I’d say the best coffee I’ve otherwise had was at the Primeclass Lounge Muscat, which had excellent barista-made options as well.

Primeclass Lounge Muscat cappuccino

Among credit card lounges in the United States, you can’t beat the Capital One Lounge Dallas, which not only has barista-made drinks, but also has cold brew and iced latte on tap.

Capital One Lounge Dallas cappuccino
Capital One Lounge Dallas cold brew and latte on tap

Bottom line

I was delighted to find among the best coffee I’ve ever had at the Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi. If you want exceptional barista-made drinks, make sure you stop in here when passing through the airport. It’s especially impressive when you consider this lounge is also open to Priority Pass members.

This got me thinking about the lounges with the best coffee drinks, so the above are some of my favorites. I’d love to discover more, as I obviously haven’t been to all lounges in the world.

What’s your favorite coffee you’ve had in an airport lounge?

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  1. pwirth158 New Member

    SQ's new SilverKris lounge in SIN has a barista bar with a legit espresso machine and actual barista. I believe it doubles as a regular bar so the espresso is decommissioned after some time in the day.

  2. Jay Guest

    I don't like coffee :)

    But I was in the Fiji Airlines lounge in Nadi three weeks ago, and it was very good! The food was great, the staff were very attentive, and it was nice to have a hot shower before a long flight to San Francisco.

    This is definitely among the best priority pass lounges I've never been to. I do find it amusing that if you look at Tripadvisor's list of best...

    I don't like coffee :)

    But I was in the Fiji Airlines lounge in Nadi three weeks ago, and it was very good! The food was great, the staff were very attentive, and it was nice to have a hot shower before a long flight to San Francisco.

    This is definitely among the best priority pass lounges I've never been to. I do find it amusing that if you look at Tripadvisor's list of best things to do in Nadi, the lounge is listed as Number 3. Fiji is amazing, but Nadi, where the airport is, is not the Fiji you travel to see. For that Fiji, you have to go to other islands such as the Yasawas or Manumucas.

  3. echino Gold

    In that Fiji lounge you can also get fantastic cocktails. Any cocktail you want. Great lounge.

  4. Econometrics Guest

    Maybe the best coffee I’ve had in my LIFE was at the Admiral’s Club in Mexico City on an early morning departure. Unbelievably smooth and strong espresso.

    An honestly, BA’s First lounge at LHR had some good stuff for machine espresso, too.

  5. Paul Emerson Guest

    The Turkish lounge in Istanbul has excellent espresso drinks and of course Turkish coffee made to order!!

  6. AlanD Guest

    The Cathay Pier lounge at HKG deserves an honorable mention for their barista made coffees

  7. Kevin Reynolds Guest

    Excellent as always.

    However, your article did not include any ratings on quality espresso.

    As a person who does not enjoy coffee drinks but prefers straight espresso, I certainly would’ve enjoyed that additional content.

  8. Chris Guest

    The United club at BOS and I'm sure other locations has decent cold brew on tap

  9. Max Guest

    The best coffee I’ve had in an airport lounge was the cappuccino at the Plaza Premium lounge at FCO. Made by a barista with a real machine, and it being Italy, much better than anything you’d get at a Polaris Lounge. I even thought it was better than Qantas lounge coffee

    1. Never In Doubt Guest

      I’ve been in that lounge many times and agree!

      The QR food ordering to your table isn’t too shabby either.

      While your mileage may vary, coffee made by Italians > any other coffee.

    2. Donna Diamond

      Agree, it is the best. Also the Marco Polo Lounge at VCE has a similar arrangement.

  10. BoardingAreaFlukie Guest

    The old Alitalia had baristos in their lounges and the coffee was top notch. I don't know if the pared down ITA has that luxury.

  11. Ivan X Guest

    The recently opened United Club at EWR has a barista bar.

  12. 305 Guest

    I know Alitalia/ITA is the butt end of every joke, but they should at least get a shoutout for having barista made espresso drinks. Italians take coffee very seriously

  13. Motion to Dismiss Guest

    The iced latte on tap and the to-go cups at the Capital One DFW lounge are awesome! Can’t wait for more Capital One lounges to open.

    I’m not surprised your first few mentions were South Pacific carriers. They take their coffee mighty seriously down there.

    1. Ned Guest

      How can any coffee “on tap” be close to being amongst the best coffee in the world?

  14. Max Guest

    The Pearl Lounge in Naples also has amazing coffee - naturally. However, aside amazing mozzarella you can have there as well, it is a pretty bad lounge. Still waiting for you to find the Lufthansa Business lounge near Gate A24 (above the Panorama lounge). They have barista made coffee there. This biz lounge is better than the Schengen Senator lounge, since it has a full bar. However, seating is limited and there are only two showers. Apron views are amazing though.

  15. Kyle Guest

    A good cold brew at the Centurion lounge at LGA last time I was there.

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Max Guest

The best coffee I’ve had in an airport lounge was the cappuccino at the Plaza Premium lounge at FCO. Made by a barista with a real machine, and it being Italy, much better than anything you’d get at a Polaris Lounge. I even thought it was better than Qantas lounge coffee

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Ned Guest

How can any coffee “on tap” be close to being amongst the best coffee in the world?

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Motion to Dismiss Guest

The iced latte on tap and the to-go cups at the Capital One DFW lounge are awesome! Can’t wait for more Capital One lounges to open. I’m not surprised your first few mentions were South Pacific carriers. They take their coffee mighty seriously down there.

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