It’s safe to say that aeroplane coffee is generally terrible.
And the disposable cups that terrible coffee is poured into are equally pretty awful.
But one airline is shaking things up.
Air New Zealand has begun trialling edible coffee cups.
The vanilla-flavoured, leak-proof cups have been a “big hit” with customers, says Air New Zealand customer experience senior manager Niki Chave.
“We’ve also been using the cups as dessert bowls,” Ms Chave says.
The edible cups, created by New Zealand company twiice, are also being trialled on the ground in Air New Zealand airport lounges, as the airline explores ways to reduce its waste.
Ms Chave says the airline serves more than eight million cups of coffee each year, and while its current cups are compostable, “the ultimate goal would be to remove these totally from landfills”.
Twiice co-founder Jamie Cashmore says: “it’s terrific that Air New Zealand has partnered with us to showcase to its customers and the world that a little bit of Kiwi ingenuity and innovation could have a really positive impact on the environment while at the same time delivering a really cool and tasty customer experience.”
Ms Chave says the airline would continue to trial the edible coffee cups and to decide if it’s a viable long-term product for the airline.
It is also encouraging customers to bring their own reusable cups on board aircraft and into its lounges.