Stumptown Coffee Roasters is thrilled to announce that we’ve got a little something brewing with Alaska Airlines.
As of December 1, 2023, all Alaska flights are now serving Stumptown Coffee on board. You'll also now find Stumptown signature blends Hair Bender, Holler Mountain, and Trapper Creek Decaf available in the Alaska Lounges at PDX and JFK airports.
We’re proud to be a part of offering the first custom blend by a third-wave coffee roaster served in the sky!
Who is Alaska Airlines?
Headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and their regional partners serve more than 120 destinations across the United States in addition to Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico, as well as newly added Guatemala and The Bahamas. In their nine decades of service, they’ve leaned on their geographic roots to create a spirit of caring, award-winning customer service, and an industry-leading loyalty program.
Why Alaska x Stumptown?
It’s hard not to see the Stumptown and Alaska brands as cut from the same fabric—from our Northwest roots and loyal following, to shared values around hospitality, quality, and sustainability.
And, of course, we both believe that a comfortable flight is made better by an excellent cup of coffee.
Our journey with Alaska began in the fall of 2022 when we shared a sip of Holler Mountain at their offices in Seattle, WA. From there, we began considering the guest experience at 30,000 feet and created a blend that's fit for the skies. Did you know your taste buds behave differently at high altitude? That’s why food and drinks can taste different in the air compared to on the ground.
After selecting the coffee, we conducted extensive brewing tests with the Alaska team—on the ground and in the air—to understand how it tasted both below and above the clouds. We also wanted to ensure our roast profile worked with all types of brewing machines on Alaska aircraft.
Here’s where we landed: the custom blend served on flight is an organic coffee roasted deep enough to bring out notes of toasted marshmallow and dark chocolate, while remaining exceptionally smooth and balanced. It uses the same clean and sweet base as Holler Mountain, but with a focus on a roast that mellows acidity and introduces just enough toastiness to please a wide range of palates.