‘Gilmore Girls’: This Is How Lorelai Gilmore Would Take Her Coffee on National Coffee Day

There are few shows as obsessed with coffee as Gilmore Girls. Coffee was the focal point of dozens of scenes and became a personality trait for both Lorelai Gilmore and Rory Gilmore. It seems only fitting that, on National Coffee Day, we discuss the coffee preference of everyone’s favorite mother-daughter duo. Do you remember Lorelai and Rory’s coffee orders? Do you recall how Paris chose to get her caffeine fix?

Lorelai Gilmore’s standard coffee order might have been black, but she indulged occasionally

Lorelai Gilmore was a coffee enthusiast. Her mornings certainly couldn’t start without some. Once she was so desperate, she was even willing to drink leftover coffee from guests at the Dragonfly Inn. When back ordered coffee and snowstorms weren’t an issue, she generally grabbed coffee at Luke’s Diner. She nearly always preferred it black. At the very least, they never showed Lorelai adding milk and sugar to her cup.

'Gilmore Girls' stars Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in season 3
‘Gilmore Girls’ stars Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in season 3 | Mitchell Haddad/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images

When Lorelai drank coffee at home, she’d often seem to drink it plain, but she had a penchant for sweeter options occasionally. In season 4, while opening the Dragonfly Inn, Lorelai was partial to coffee with lots of sugar and a little bit of cream because it “makes it cold.” Later, in season 5, while on her break from Luke Danes, she enjoyed mocha chocolate caramel swirl-a-chinos from Weston’s Bakery. To be fair, Lorelai clarified that she didn’t consider the beverage to be actual coffee, though.

Rory Gilmore’s coffee tastes had a decidedly sweet spin to them 

Rory was a junk food fan and loved sweets. It should come as no surprise that her coffee orders were decidedly sweet and a little bit complicated. While at Yale, Rory regularly frequented a coffee cart on campus. While she would drink a plain, small coffee if she had to, she did enjoy indulging in something a bit more complicated.

While fans don’t often see Rory order coffee, it was a fancy coffee drink when she did. In season 5, she ordered a large caramel macchiato with an extra shot and whipped cream. The drink might sound familiar, and that’s because it is. The caramel macchiato is one of Starbucks’ most popular drinks. It is insanely popular at niche coffeehouses, too. 

Rory wasn’t swimming in money while she was a college student at Yale. Her limited budget meant she would drink just about anything. When things got decidedly desperate, she’d even dip into a green tea stash that Paris Geller kept on hand to get a little bit of caffeine.

Paris Geller’s no-frills coffee order matched her ‘Gilmore Girls’ persona perfectly

Season 5 was a great time to find out what everyone would be ordering on National Coffee Day. Several characters placed several coffee orders during the season. Even Paris revealed her beverage of choice during her sophomore year at Yale. Paris, Rory’s frenemy turned actual friend, was a little abrasive and a bit intense, so it should come as no shock that her coffee order was also a bit more intense than Rory and Lorelai’s orders. Paris’ go-to coffee beverage seemed to be a triple espresso. It’s a simple drink that is straightforward and certainly gets the job done.

Paris and Rory ride on the back of a golf cart in Stars Hollow in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Liza Weill as Paris Geller and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

Paris, unlike her pal, wasn’t solely obsessed with coffee. She was happy to address her caffeine needs in other ways. Rory and Paris stashed Red Bulls in the dorm fridge, and Paris enjoyed a nice cup of green tea sometimes, too. To be fair, the green tea probably didn’t provide her much of a jolt. According to Healthline, green tea has about 1/3 the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee does.  

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