Toronto’s Porter Airlines has named Ontario’s Balzac’s Roasters and Sloane Fine Tea Merchants as its official in-flight coffee and tea partners.
Starting December 1, Porter will be serving a Balzac’s dark roast blend and an assortment of artisan Sloane teas across its network as part of its complimentary in-flight service.
These airline partnerships give passengers the ability to taste some of the best coffee and tea Canada has to offer.
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The partnership couldn’t be more fitting as approximately 1.2 million cups of coffee and tea are served onboard every year, according to Porter.
“Balzac’s and Sloane are well-loved independent brands producing superior products that pair perfectly with Porter’s distinct guest experience,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Porter Airlines in a statement.
“Both companies consider the smallest details, ensuring that our passengers always have the highest-quality hot beverages to choose from.”
Balzac’s roasts its selection of Arabica beans in small batches at its state-of-the-art roasting facility in Ancaster, Ontario and onboard, passengers will enjoy 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 is an honour to be named the official coffee supplier of Porter Airlines,” said 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.”
Sloane Fine Tea Merchants, who blends and packages all of its teas in Canada, will offer passengers a range of caffeinated and caffeine-free artisan teas onboard including Classic Black, Earl Grey, Classic Green, Calming Chamomile, and Mint Medley.
Hot beverages will be provided in a custom Balzac’s cup featuring Mr. Porter, the airline’s cheeky graphic raccoon mascot.