Awesome: Austrian Airlines’ Coffee Menu

Awesome: Austrian Airlines’ Coffee Menu

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Earlier I shared my impressions from a recent Austrian Airlines business class flight. While Austrian has fantastic business class catering in general, I wanted to dedicate a post to what’s probably my single favorite part of the Austrian Airlines experience.

Austrian Airlines takes coffee to the next level

I’m a huge coffee enthusiast, and I love when airlines put some effort into the coffee that they serve (I’ve written in the past about the airlines serving the best non-alcoholic drinks). When it comes to coffee, Austrian Airlines really is in a league of its own, to the point that business class passengers are offered a separate coffee menu on long haul flights.

Austrian Airlines business class coffee menu

Austria is known for its coffee culture, so it’s great to see the country’s national airline integrate that into the inflight experience. The way it works, at the end of the main meal service after takeoff, orders are taken for these coffee specialties, and they act a dessert of sorts. You can find the coffee menu below.

Austrian Airlines business class coffee selection

I decided to order an Einspänner, a Viennese specialty made from black coffee with whipped cream and powdered sugar. Okay, of course it’s worth acknowledging that this would horrify coffee purists — this is intended to be a dessert, and not a black coffee replacement.

I love the presentation of this, as it’s served with a glass of water and a chocolate, as you might find if ordering something similar at a cafe in Vienna.

Austrian Airlines business class coffee specialty
Austrian Airlines business class coffee specialty

Just to take one for the team and to be able to report back, I ordered a second coffee drink as well. Specifically, I had the Wiener Melange, with hot milk, foamed milk, and black coffee.

Austrian Airlines business class coffee specialty
Austrian Airlines business class coffee specialty

Come and think of it, now I understand why I might not have slept so well on the flight. 😉

Austrian has made coffee menu cutbacks

While Austrian Airlines’ coffee menu continues to be a highlight of flying with the airline, I think it’s worth mentioning that the airline has made significant cutbacks to this offering compared to pre-pandemic. For example, below is the menu that was available on my Newark to Vienna Austrian business class flight back in 2018.

Old Austrian Airlines business class coffee menu
Old Austrian Airlines business class coffee menu
Old Austrian Airlines business class coffee menu
Old Austrian Airlines business class coffee menu

As you can see, back in the day the menu was much more substantial. While you can now only order the traditional Eiskaffee on flights from Vienna, back then you could also order it on flights to Vienna.

Austrian Airlines business class coffee specialty

Frankly this seems like a strange place for Austrian to cut costs. Is there really an incremental cost to stocking the ingredients, or is it about streamlining the service, with there no longer being an inflight chef?

Bottom line

I love when airlines put some effort into their soft product in a way that reflects the culture of the carrier’s home country, and that’s exactly what Austrian Airlines does with its coffee menu. On long haul flights, business class passengers can look forward to an awesome menu with Viennese coffee specialties. While this has been cut back a bit compared to pre-pandemic, it continues to be an awesome feature.

Anyone else love Austrian’s coffee menu as much as I do?

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  1. Bricktop Guest

    I'm no coffeegeek by any means, but the best cup of coffee I ever had was at the Cafe Sacher in Vienna. It was so much better than anything I have ever had that I actually noticed. By the way, their Sachertorte is better than Demel's in my opinion, but both were too dry for my taste. Although it is a good excuse for the coffee and the accompanying whipped cream.

  2. Steve Guest

    Have you tried Illy Espresso on Air Dolomiti? ☕

  3. Alex77W Guest

    I do drink a lot of coffee and have two different Italian espresso machines at home but I cannot stand any sugary coffee drinks.

  4. Levi Diamond

    One wonders if KLM will ever offer an onboard menu inspired by the coffeeshops of Amsterdam.

  5. mauipeter Guest

    Hopefully they did not cut Kaffee Baileys on transatlantic flights. It's my all time favorite. Yummm... 8-)

  6. MaxPower Guest

    that one coffee selection looks more like an ice cream sundae with an espresso base. lol. Can you even imagine the weird looks if a US Carrier tried to serve that? :)
    But wow. great coffee selections

    1. Sam Guest

      It’s just an affogato with whipped cream, why would there be weird looks?

  7. Flying Buccaneer Guest

    This brought back memories of my MIA-VIE flight in March 2019 when I was on my way to KIV. I enjoyed a Maria Theresia and have wanted to fly OS business class again, but I just haven't had the opportunity with my TATL flights being mainly Skyteam and Oneworld. I guess I had better make sure I choose one departing VIE if I have the opportunity again.

  8. tda1986 Guest

    Definitely a highlight of my own recent business class flight from ORD-VIE. I had two einspanners on the trip over and was sad the it wasn’t available for the return journey. (The eiscaffe was still good, but not my preference.)

  9. Saša Guest

    Your post brought a memory of the best cup of coffee I've ever had. I think it was abt 10 years ago on VIE JFK flight and probably Maria Theresia as it had a bit of orange flavor. Speciality coffee was available only during lunch service, not the whole flight. For me, it was the highlight of the flight.

  10. RF Diamond

    It's good to see more coffee selections in the air.

  11. jsm Guest

    In Vienna coffee is always served with a glass of water.

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Levi Diamond

One wonders if KLM will ever offer an onboard menu inspired by the coffeeshops of Amsterdam.

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Sam Guest

It’s just an affogato with whipped cream, why would there be weird looks?

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Saša Guest

Your post brought a memory of the best cup of coffee I've ever had. I think it was abt 10 years ago on VIE JFK flight and probably Maria Theresia as it had a bit of orange flavor. Speciality coffee was available only during lunch service, not the whole flight. For me, it was the highlight of the flight.

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