Just last week we noticed that the Gold Coast Dogs at Chicago-O'Hare has Metropolis Coffee on offer. Metropolis, for those uninitiated to the Chicago bean scene, is serious stuff and well respected. Meanwhile, over at Philadelphia's Airport, you can swig La Colombe Torrefaction, a coffee roasting company that hits more on the gourmet end of the spectrum than the artisanal, but better than Starbucks nonetheless.
So what we're saying is, more independent roasters who actually care about what you're drinking, versus chain brands that pour it out just to get you out. It's a difficult demand, we know, since the workings of airport concessions are often convoluted, but we figure if terminals can revamp their grody old sportsbars into craft beer dens, then why can't coffee see the same love?