The Best Cinema Coffee Features of All Time

The Best Cinema Coffee Features of All Time

#1 Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)


There is almost nothing more elegant than Audrey Hepburn in pearls, silk gloves, and an updo on Madison Ave. But add a takeaway cup of New York coffee cradled in her gloved fingers, and a pastry tucked away beside it, the elegance surges. As Audrey Hepburn peers inside the Tiffany windows, there is little on our minds but how does Holly Golightly take her coffee? Hot and black? Cold with a dash of milk? If we were to take a guess, we could see Holly going for a simple ~yet refined~ classic cold brew with a teaspoon of sugar.

#2 You’ve Got Mail (1998)

This classic NYC based romcom features a signature scene where Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) expresses his coffee philosophy to Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly: “People who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Except maybe switch that to a Venti. Extra Caf. Cold Brew. Latte. 

#3 Pulp Fiction (1994)

While this scene was eliminated from the TV version of the movie for explicit language, it is too iconic to not include it in our roundup. Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Jules, compliments Jimmie on his coffee, to which Jimmie responds, “I don’t need you to tell me how fucking good my coffee is, okay? I’m the one who buys it. I know how good it is. When Bonnie goes shopping, she buys shit. Me, I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it, I want to taste it.” If only Explorer had been around back then...we think our organic specialty grade cold brew would be good enough for Jimmie! 

#4 The Usual Suspects (1995)

In this iconic scene, the coffee cup makes cinematic history as it crashes to the floor, reflecting Agent Kujan’s shock. The final clue, Kobayashi, is written on the bottom of the shattered coffee cup. As the agent’s coffee falls to the floor with significant symbolic weight, we discover yet another hidden clue: Kujan takes his coffee with a lot of cream...perhaps he’s not as serious as he seems.

#5 Baby Face (1933) 

Barbara Stanwyck’s character, Lily Powers, “accidentally” spills her coffee on a sleazy date. As an afterthought, Lily mutters flatly: “Oh, excuse me….My hand shakes so when I’m around you!" 

#6 Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Morning coffee runs will never be the same thanks to Miranda Priestley's piping hot Starbucks order. Poor Andy. If only Miranda preferred cold brew, but alas - one, no-foam skimmed latte with an extra shot and three drip coffees with room for milk, it is.

Keep Exploring, 

The Explorer Team

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