Was Luke’s Coffee Any Good?


In a feat of investigative journalism worthy of Woodward and Bernstein, Kelly Conaboy at Gawker’s Morning After went all out to discover how good Luke’s coffee really was.


Sleazy boy from the Pilot episode: You make that look really good.
Lorelai: Oh it is really good. It’s the best coffee in town.

Conaboy attempts to replicate Luke’s special brew but is sadly disappointed.

I did not add any cream, because Rory and Lorelai did not typically add any cream to their Luke’s Diner coffee, and tried the coffee. It was not great.

Check out her entire journey here.

I wonder what Luke did to make it special. Tripling the recommended quantities maybe. Or lining his mugs with coke, now that would give it wings.

Has anyone else tried this?  Any tips on making “Luke’s coffee”?

What do you think made it special?  Or was Lorelai deluded?  Is it possible that she didn’t know good coffee?

Pic c/o The WB



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

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