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Iconic Coffee Scenes in Movies and TV Shows

Because we’re coffee addicts, we look for it wherever we go whether it be home decor, clothing, or really anything you can think of. What better way to celebrate our love for coffee than find it in some of our favorite tv shows and movies? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below, and let us know what your favorite coffee scene is!

Elf - One of our favorite holiday classics has many great scenes the are only improved by coffee! Many people are specific about the kind of coffee they like, how they take it, where they get it from — hey, we’re coffee snobs and damn proud of it. Buddy on the other hand is not a fan of coffee. However, after he’s summoned to the mailroom at his dad’s office, he notices that people are putting alcohol into their coffee but he mistakes it for syrup. We then cut to a hammered Buddy lying on a cart of packages talking about life goals and motivation with one of the other mail clerks.

It’s not uncommon for restaurants or coffee shops to have signs that claim they have the best product. When Buddy bursts into a restaurant that claims to have the world’s best coffee, you can’t help but love how excited he is! Even if the coffee sucks, which Jovie later confirms for us, the genuine joy that Buddy brings is something that we could all benefit from having. (But not when it comes to coffee. We aren’t that flexible.)

Friends - This show starts and ends with coffee. Literally, the first scene is Rachel storming into Central Perk after leaving Barry at the altar and the last scene is the gang saying goodbye to Monica and Chandler’s apartment as they decide to have one final group coffee before they go their separate ways. The coffee house almost serves as a seventh member of this iconic ensemble being a consistent figure throughout its 10-year run. Whether we’re listening to Phoebe sing about smelly cats, seeing Ross and Rachel kiss for the first time, or learning about the valuable lessons of unagi, Central Perk gave us some memorable moments that are still relatable and funny today.

The Usual Suspects - Coffee can add a fun aspect to movies and tv shows but rarely is it a part of pivotal scenes that make the plot line all come together. The Usual Suspects climax comes when Agent Dave Kujan realizes that Verbal made up his entire story and drops his coffee mug on the floor. Verbal took tiny details from things in Kujan’s office to make his story seem more realistic such a Skokie, Illinois, some guy named Redfoot, and Kobayashi which was the brand of the coffee mug Kujan was drinking from.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee - If we could have put together our ideal “fever dream” of a tv show, this would be it. Luckily Jerry Seinfeld already did the work! This show has such a simple structure of Jerry driving around with comedians where they drink coffee and just talk. He’s featured guests like John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon, Eddie Murphy, Judd Apatow, Margaret Cho, and even Barack Obama! 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s - The best opening scene in a movie ever. There! We said it! In a movie that has absolutely nothing to do with coffee or breakfast (sorry for the spoiler alert), we couldn’t think of a more classic breakfast scene. The elegant Audrey Hepburn steps out of a taxi onto an empty New York City street to enjoy her coffee and danish while admiring beautiful jewelry. We seriously can’t think of a better way to start our day.