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The One Coffee Recipe Pilots Should Drink Before Flight

Most pilots don’t drink coffee from the aircraft.

Fact or fiction?

The Points Guy explains the possible reason why in the article, “Is It Safe to Drink Airplane Coffee?”

"In 2015, a paper titled “Bacteria that Travel: The Quality of Aircraft Water” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that 37 species of bacteria could be identified in potable on-board water. Most were natural aquatic bacteria, but two, well, was not."

As a pilot, the last thing you want is your coffee catapulting you into the lavatory.

That’s why, bringing your own coffee, in a handy insulated mug, is a great idea.

Sure, you may think a coffee shop will do, but instead…

The goal of your preflight coffee is to stimulate and satiate.

Pilots use caffeine, in the form of coffee, during critical phases of flight to enhance performance.

According to this article, “Coffee, but not caffeine, has positive effects on cognition and psychomotor behavior in aging,”

“Coffee is a complex mixture containing not only caffeine but various bioavailable polyphenols such as chlorogenic acid that may act via numerous mechanisms to produce the beneficial effects seen in motor and cognitive behavior.”

Coffee is the gold standard for worldwide mental boosts.

When used preflight, it’ll get your neurons firing.

You’ll also want the coffee to satiate. Meaning, to fill you up. To give your body extra fuel in the form of food.

Getting a mental boost while providing your mind and body fuel, is a perfect, one, two preflight punch.

The Coffee Recipe For Pilots

The goal of this coffee recipe is to both stimulate and satiate to help with focus and curb hunger.

Your body will get high-quality caffeine and polyphenols from the organic coffee, fat, and protein.


  1. 1 egg
  2. 2 tablespoons organic extra virgin coconut oil
  3. 1 tablespoon of grass-fed ghee or butter
  4. 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  5. 2 cups of organic, premium coffee


  1. Place egg, coconut oil, and butter in a blender.
  2. Add hot coffee; blend until combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour coffee into your portable, insulated mug.
  4. Enjoy.

A word of caution, drink this a few times before you add it to your preflight routine.

The coconut oil and coffee can also stimulate a healthy bowel movement. A nice thing to do before flight.

As you begin to use this recipe, you’ll stimulate and satiate before you head off to your next destination.



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