"Gilmore Girls" turned 16 on Wednesday (October 5), and Netflix celebrated in true Stars Hollow-style — by transforming 250 coffee shops and cafes across the country into Luke's Diner for a day. And oh my Gilmore, was it awesome.
In the spirit of investigative journalism, I took on the burden of visiting one of the New York City pop-ups, The Bean in Union Square, to see what was a-brewin', and to answer one of our most burning "Gilmore Girls" questions — is the coffee at Luke's as good as Lorelai says it is?
After some painstaking research, I'd venture to say the coffee was actually *better* than what Luke serves up.
No offense to Luke (or Lorelai), but his coffee was definitely pre-ground and came from a suspiciously generic-looking tin. The freshly ground coffee at The Bean is definitely better.
Luke might not approve of my opinion of his coffee, but he'd definitely agree with the pop-up's rules for the day, as seen on the cutout behind me. They were as follows: No texting while ordering; no man buns; no taking pictures of food; no headphones (if I can hear your music through your headphones, why are you wearing headphones?). Touché.
In between gulps of coffee, the crowd was quizzed with "Gilmore Girls" trivia.
And there wasn't a question too obscure for these folks. At one point, the shop's manager, Kira Rudgen, asked the crowd how many episodes Kirk Gleason appeared in under a different name, and one woman immediately (and correctly) yelled out, "Two!"
"People’s eyes light up when I ask a question that nobody really knows," Rudgen told me afterward. "It’s such a community feel that we have going here."
How very Stars Hollow, indeed!
To round out the day's festivities, Netflix also released a special "Gilmore Girls" featurette.
And we're feeling more nostalgic about this show — and more hyped up on caffeine — than ever.