British Airways has commissioned Twinings to develop a new teabag that would make tea as palatable at 35,000 feet as on the ground. British Airways serves approximately 35 million cups of tea a year, and has now launched a “campaign to improve tea in the air”, said Kate Thornton at British Airways.
Tea from Assam (India), Kenya and Sri Lanka make up the new blend that will be available to customers from February 1, 2013. Twining said that two of these are “particularly suited to fast extraction at altitude”.
The problems with tea drinking at high altitude is that taste is reduced by up to 30 per cent according to research. And water will boil already at 89°C. These are the reasons why British Airways thought it necessary to offer a specially developed high altitude blend.