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Cleanliness of inflight coffee?

Old Nov 21, 19, 11:08 am
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Cleanliness of inflight coffee?

I've read flight attendants saying the coffee or tea machine is not cleaned often and is icky, and sometimes fails tests, but people don't get sick from it, do they? Does people here drink these beverages?
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Old Nov 21, 19, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by skyfly58 View Post
I've read flight attendants saying the coffee or tea machine is not cleaned often and is icky, and sometimes fails tests, but people don't get sick from it, do they? Does people here drink these beverages?
Not in a few years but I've never gotten sick. It's probably hot enough to kill some of the germs.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 6:28 am
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If you look at the statistics of when they tested airline water tanks, you'll find that the percentage of airlines/aircraft where the water was unsafe is quite low, low enough to where I don't worry about it.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 8:21 am
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Hi,

Have not been ill yet ! ( been flying for decades and have a coffee on every flight with no effects)

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Old Jan 11, 20, 9:06 am
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Exposing oneself repeatedly for the type of bacteriae that might inhabit coffee or tea machines onboard an aircraft will probably help the immunization.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 11:05 am
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While the water making your coffee or tea might have a few more germs than your local restaurant's water supply, the cup it is served in might be a whole lot cleaner.

Pick your poison.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 1:05 pm
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More likely to give yourself an ulcer worrying about this sort of thing than actually suffering from "off" coffee.
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Old Jan 12, 20, 11:56 am
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In Japan, canned coffee is very common to find. Anyone know if the Japanese airlines offer this instead of brewed coffee?
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Old Jan 20, 20, 5:57 am
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Originally Posted by ibs_traveller View Post
In Japan, canned coffee is very common to find. Anyone know if the Japanese airlines offer this instead of brewed coffee?
Canned coffee? Is it hot?
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Old Jan 20, 20, 5:11 pm
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I love coffee and this thread is definitely reassuring.

Thanks Guys!
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Old Jan 20, 20, 5:33 pm
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I've flown thousands of flights and only got sick once - definitely from the inflight coffee. But, boy, did I get sick - a nice week of e coli on Rhodes. Well in a room in a hotel on Rhodes. I barely left it. Ugh.
Btw, the coffee - served from a carafe - wasn't really hot.
Once was enough. As much as I like coffee after a meal, I won't drink anything with tank water anymore.
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Old Jan 20, 20, 5:33 pm
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Originally Posted by DeeGee26.2 View Post
Canned coffee? Is it hot?
Can come out hot out of the machine, if so ordered.
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Old Jan 20, 20, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by rickg523 View Post
I've flown thousands of flights and only got sick once - definitely from the inflight coffee. But, boy, did I get sick - a nice week of e coli on Rhodes. Well in a room in a hotel on Rhodes. I barely left it. Ugh.
Btw, the coffee - served from a carafe - wasn't really hot.
Once was enough. As much as I like coffee after a meal, I won't drink anything with tank water anymore.
It could have come from a cup that wasn't cleaned or handled properly, or the carafe that wasn't cleaned or handled properly, as much as from the coffee that went into the cup.
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Originally Posted by YVR Cockroach View Post
Can come out hot out of the machine, if so ordered.
Wow! So it's like, vending machine coffee but with a decent lid on? In a metal container so it can be recycled? That's cool!
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Old Jan 21, 20, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by rickg523 View Post
I've flown thousands of flights and only got sick once - definitely from the inflight coffee. But, boy, did I get sick - a nice week of e coli on Rhodes. Well in a room in a hotel on Rhodes. I barely left it. Ugh.
Btw, the coffee - served from a carafe - wasn't really hot.
Once was enough. As much as I like coffee after a meal, I won't drink anything with tank water anymore.
Did the public health authorities confirm that it was the coffee?

I presume a lot of the passengers were impacted if it was ecoli?
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