Emirates Adds Iced Americano & Affogato To Menu

Emirates Adds Iced Americano & Affogato To Menu

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Usually when I write about Emirates improving its premium cabin beverage selection, it’s because the airline is serving a new $500 bottle of wine in first class. Here’s a genuine improvement to Emirates’ beverage selection that doesn’t involve alcohol, for once.

Emirates ups its inflight coffee game

Emirates will be introducing two new espresso-based drinks in premium cabins, as the airline will start serving both iced americano and affogato.

The iced americano will be served in a standard glass, and will consist of ice, chilled water, long espresso, and milk and sugar as requested. Meanwhile the affogato dessert will be served in a martini glass, and will consist of vanilla ice cream and espresso, along with some coffee beans.

These new options will be served in first class, as well as at the Emirates A380 onboard lounge in business class. Emirates is initially trialing these new drinks between September 20 and October 20, 2021, though with positive feedback they could become a permanent part of Emirates’ product offering.

Note that these drinks won’t initially appear on the menu, but rather crews are supposed to inform passengers of these options (or if you’re an OMAAT reader, you can ask proactively). 😉 And if you’re like me and are excited about this, make sure you order one, and assuming it’s good, give the purser positive feedback. That way they can hopefully pass on the feedback to management, so that this sticks around.

I’ve often written about how much I appreciate airlines that do coffee right. Emirates has long done a phenomenal job with its hot coffee drinks, from cappuccinos to french press.

Emirates cappuccino
Emirates french press coffee

On top of that, Emirates has long served excellent espresso martinis, but it’s nice to see Emirates now up its iced non-alcoholic coffee game.

Emirates espresso martinis

Dear airlines: more iced coffee & cold brew please!

I’ll make this plea as often as I can, since I know one or two airline product people read this blog. 😉 For premium airlines that actually care about passenger experience (or even low cost carriers that want to sell a new drink onboard), please consider adding iced coffee and/or cold brew.

Many of us have a general preference for cold brew over hot coffee, and that’s even more the case when we’re talking about airplanes, where coffee generally isn’t great, since it’s using the not-so-great water from the airplane tanks. Cold brew or iced coffee could be loaded in cans, so it shouldn’t be complicated logistically. It would delight premium passengers, and could even sell quite well in economy.

In the United States, JetBlue is the only airline I know of to put iced coffee drinks on the menu — the airline has iced espressos and iced cappuccinos for Mint business class passengers, and they’re awesome.

JetBlue Mint iced cappuccino

C’mon, other airlines!

Bottom line

Emirates is upping its coffee game by introducing iced americano and affogato in first class and at the A380 business class bar. Emirates’ hot coffee drinks are already very good, and the airline also has espresso martinis, though it’s awesome to see the options expanded even further.

If you are flying an Emirates premium cabin in the coming weeks, please order one of these and report back!

Anyone else excited to see these new drinks added to Emirates’ drink list?

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  1. mario

    Wonder if milk alternatives will ever become more common. Hope so!

  2. Bk93

    Really excited about this, specially on flights where I land in the morning of the next day. I wish if more airliens start picking this up as a regular option.

  3. Super

    Sorry you're being shamed for sharing something you think is neat. Imagine being upset that someone else likes something you don't care for. Cold options are great, especially on a warm day!

  4. Endre

    What is the fuss about cold brews and affogato? It’s just a bored housewife thing, like putting ice in white wine,

    1. Caleb

      Couldn't agree more. Cold coffee is gross. Period. Want cold caffeine? Drink a Mountain Dew on ice. I find it so ironic that the guy who claims to love coffee lives in hotels and gets excited about this. Love coffee? Buy a proper machine - I love my Miele - and buy good beans. One of my favorite souvenirs is local espresso. Delta from Portugal, Albert from France, and Dallmayr from Germany are among my favorites.

    2. Eskimo

      Cold coffee is gross. Period.

      While I have never encountered any establishment putting ice in white wine (except as a cocktail), I have found most establishment that sells coffee, has a cold variant offerings.

      So you know something that this trillion dollar global industry doesn't?

      Love coffee?
      Build your own machine, grow your own beans.
      Where do you draw the line that coffee lovers can't live in hotels and drink cold brew...

      Cold coffee is gross. Period.

      While I have never encountered any establishment putting ice in white wine (except as a cocktail), I have found most establishment that sells coffee, has a cold variant offerings.

      So you know something that this trillion dollar global industry doesn't?

      Love coffee?
      Build your own machine, grow your own beans.
      Where do you draw the line that coffee lovers can't live in hotels and drink cold brew but don't have to build their own machine or grow their own beans?

      You or American are not the center of the world.

  5. Franklin

    Sometimes I think it would be cool to be a professional travel blogger. Then I see articles like this and I realize that, wow, no, this is not the line of work for me.

  6. Keith

    Too old school. What can follow doing an iced version of espresso? May I suggest a hot dirty martini (a non-alcoholic version should also be offered)?

  7. kayeung

    Can I order a root beer float or a black cow on these flights?

  8. Tortuga

    As a charter member of The OMAAT Iced Coffee Amen Corner, I wish to add my voice to yours, Ben.

    Also, more warm towels. Please.

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Eskimo

Cold coffee is gross. Period. While I have never encountered any establishment putting ice in white wine (except as a cocktail), I have found most establishment that sells coffee, has a cold variant offerings. So you know something that this trillion dollar global industry doesn't? Love coffee? Build your own machine, grow your own beans. Where do you draw the line that coffee lovers can't live in hotels and drink cold brew but don't have to build their own machine or grow their own beans? You or American are not the center of the world.

mario

Wonder if milk alternatives will ever become more common. Hope so!

Caleb

Couldn't agree more. Cold coffee is gross. Period. Want cold caffeine? Drink a Mountain Dew on ice. I find it so ironic that the guy who claims to love coffee lives in hotels and gets excited about this. Love coffee? Buy a proper machine - I love my Miele - and buy good beans. One of my favorite souvenirs is local espresso. Delta from Portugal, Albert from France, and Dallmayr from Germany are among my favorites.

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