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Sky’s the limit

At any given time, airport cafés are swelling with activity. Passengers in transit congregate in cafés hoping to kill time, enjoy a meal or coffee, or simply to break up the monotony of waiting by the boarding gate.

The fast-paced nature of airports has bred a general perception that the airport hospitality industry favours speed and convenience over quality, but that’s all about to change. Specialty coffee brands are opening in Sydney and Melbourne airports from T4 to international departure lounges, turning one of the most populated daily hang-out spaces into the next café destination.

“Historically, airports have had basic food and beverage offerings, but over time people’s expectations have changed. Specialty coffee is part of a broader strategy to address these expectations and improve the experience for travellers,” says Michael Cameron,

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