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11 Times 'Gilmore Girls' Understood Your Relationship With Coffee Better Than Anyone IRL

Oy with the coffee already!

Growing up, we could relate to a lot of the themes, storylines, and life lessons of "Gilmore Girls," but perhaps no element was so relatable as Lorelai and Rory's obsession with coffee.

(Because ☕=life.)

Fifteen years later -- the show premiered on October 5, 2000 -- Rory and Lorelai are still our go-to role models when we need someone to validate our caffeine addiction. Here are 11 times "Gilmore Girls" understood our relationship with coffee better than anyone IRL.

  1. When Lorelai hung out the car window rather than leave her coffee behind.
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    As the aphorism goes: Leave NO coffee behind.

  2. When Lorelai and Rory had to avoid Luke's — aka their regular coffee hook-up — and it complicated EVERYTHING.

    When Lorelai and  Rory are brought tiny mugs, Lorelai tries to stay calm: "We are very sleepy this morning, so would you happen to have something in a larger size? Say a mug, a tureen,  small bowl of some kind?"

  3. When Lorelai started brainstorming more effective coffee consumption strategies.

    This was in THE SECOND EPISODE, people. Because this show knew early on what it valued — and that was coffee.

  4. When Lorelai explained to Luke that there is a difference between coffee and coffee drinks.
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    Sometimes, you just want a mocha chocolate caramel swirl-a-chino with extra whipped cream. And, sometimes, you want coffee.

  5. When Lorelai explained her coffee-specific catchphrase.

    Lorelai understands that her coffee habit comes from a place of socially-acceptable desperation: "'Coffee, coffee, coffee!' is a saying. Like an exaggeration. It's a funny, desperate cry for caffeine."

  6. When Sookie realized that Lorelai had a coffee-related plan.
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    What? It's recycling.

  7. When Lorelai tried lying to Luke about her daily coffee intake.
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    We've all been there.

  8. When Lorelai got creative with her order.

    Once you've mastered the art of the "regular," you can move onto speciality coffee orders — a la this one from Lorelai. (And, if you were wondering: yes, you can get this on a mug.)

  9. When Rory realized she might have to start avoiding the coffee cart — and nearly had a breakdown.

    This is why you always have at least five alternate coffee sources at ALL times.

  10. When Lorelai questioned the safety of caffeine-free zones.
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    Your funeral, buddy.

  11. When Lorelai explained what coffee pairs best with.


Creator Amy Sherman Palladino chatted with fans gathered at the ATX Television Festival last summer, spilling the reason why Lorelai and Rory drank so much darn coffee (aside from the obvious).

As ETOnline recounts: "The coffee thing really came because they talk so God-damned fast. And it's really cold in [Stars Hollow] and you get up in the morning and there's like this delicious coffee, and it smells good. And it's like there is something that will always be warm and comforting for you and it may not be companionship, it may not be mental health, but there will be coffee. There is always going to be coffee, so enjoy."

You hear that, "Gilmore Girls" fans? Coffee is forever.