TORONTO — Starting on December 1, Porter Airlines will serve local Ontario brands, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters and Sloane Fine Tea Merchants as part of its complimentary in-flight service.
The airline will serve a Balzac’s dark-roast blend and an assortment of artisan Sloane teas across its network. Coffee and tea are staples of the Porter experience, with approximately 1.2-million cups served onboard every year. Hot beverages will be provided in a custom Balzac’s cup featuring Mr. Porter — the airline’s graphic raccoon brand mascot.
“Balzac’s and Sloane are well-loved independent brands producing superior products that pair perfectly with Porter’s distinct guest experience,” says Kevin Jackson, executive vice-president and Chief Commercial Officer for Porter Airlines. “Both companies consider the smallest details, ensuring our passengers always have the highest-quality hot beverages to choose from.”
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters will provide Porter passengers with a full-bodied dark-roast blend named A Dark Affair, boasting a rich and vibrant taste with notes of dark chocolate and roasted almond.
“It’s an honour to be named the official coffee supplier of Porter Airlines,” says Diana Olsen, president and founder, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. “Since the beginning, Balzac’s has been dedicated to connecting people through great coffee across Ontario. Our team looks forward to this new journey connecting travellers near and far while contributing to Porter’s stellar reputation for offering one of the best flight experiences in the world.”
Tea-loving passengers will be able to choose from a range of caffeinated and caffeine-free artisan teas onboard, such as Classic Black, Earl Grey, Classic Green, Calming Chamomile and Mint Medley.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the onboard guest experience for Porter Airlines,” says Hoda Paripoush, founder & creative director, Sloane Fine Tea Merchants. “What started as a personal journey has transformed into a calling. Our family of tea farmers is our strength and we consider Sloane Tea a platform where we give voice to the story of each tea.”