Top 10 espresso shots: Classic coffee scenes in movies

Mr Artisan Coffee Roaster shares his list of best coffee scenes in movies with us!

Coffee. The fuel for many a late night-er and sometimes the only possible incentive to actually get out of bed in the morning! It’s also played an important artistic device for many a filmmaker.

Here, The Artisan Coffee Roaster reveals his 10 favourite coffee scenes in movies: from Will Ferrell’s foamy latte to John Travolta’s opening espresso.


10. Scarface (1932)

Scarface 1932 Top 10 Best Coffee Scenes on Film Artisan Coffee Roaster

Howard Hawks’ original Scarface came long before the Al Pacino version. Best bit is with the random Italian guy on the phone who is so nonchalant about a cafe shoot-out as he tries to continue his call in a phone booth amidst the mayhem of an ensuing hit.


9. LA Story (1991)

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Tom: “I’ll have a decaf coffee.”

Trudi: “I’ll have a decaf espresso.”

Morris Frost: “I’ll have a double decaf cappuccino.”

Ted: “Give me decaffeinated coffee ice cream.”

Harris: “I’ll have a half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon.”

Trudi: “I’ll have a twist of lemon.”

Tom: “I’ll have a twist of lemon.”

Morris Frost: “I’ll have a twist of lemon.”

Cynthia: “I’ll have a twist of lemon.”


8. Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Jules (Samuel L Jackson): “Mmmm! Goddamn, Jimmie! This is some serious gourmet shit! Usually, me and Vince would be happy with some freeze-dried Taster’s Choice right, but he springs this serious GOURMET shit on us! What flavor is this?”

Jimmie (Quentin Tarantino): “Knock it off, Julie.”

Jules: [pause] “What?”

Jimmie: “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. I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it. But you know what’s on my mind right now? It AIN’T the coffee in my kitchen, it’s the dead nigger in my garage.”


7. As Good As It Gets (1997)

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Banter between the customer from hell Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) and his long-suffering waitress Carol (Helen Hunt) when she gives him what for… Every waitress in the world would love to do that!


6. Green Hornet (2001)

Green Hornet Mr Artisan Coffee Roaster shares his Top 10 best coffee scenes in movies

When Kato’s engineered espresso machine pours a perfect Latte Art coffee for Seth Rogen’s character.


5. Zoolander (2001)

Zoolander Mr Artisan Coffee Roaster shares his Top 10 best coffee scenes in movies

[After spitting out and spilling some bad coffee all over his assistant]

Mugatu (Will Ferrell): “Todd! Are you not aware that I get farty and bloated with a foamy latte?”


4. Sudden Impact (1983) a.k.a. Dirty Harry 4

Dirty Harry Sudden Impact Mr Artisan Coffee Roaster shares his Top 10 best coffee scenes in movies

Harry (Clint Eastwood): “Every day for the past 10 years, Loretta there’s been giving me a large black coffee. Today she gives me a large black coffee, only it has sugar in it, a lottasugar. I just came back to complain. Now, you boys put those guns down. Well, we’re not just gonna let you walk out of here…Smith and Wesson… and me. Go ahead, make my day.”


3. Swordfish (2001)

Swordfish Mr Artisan Coffee Roaster shares his Top 10 best coffee scenes in movies

The opening scene with Gabriel (John Travolta), as he smokes his cigar and slurps a short black with the FBI and ends with “You know guys, gotta jet…thanks for the coffee!”


2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany's Mr Artisan Coffee Roaster shares his Top 10 best coffee scenes in movies

Opening credit sequence as Holly (played by the stunning Audrey Hepburn) is window shopping with her take away coffee. Unforgettable!


1. Heat (1995)

Heat Mr Artisan Coffee Roaster shares his Top 10 best coffee scenes in movies

When Michael Mann’s film brought two screen legends together in the same frame, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, playing two adversaries. Good cop meets villain thief over a Cup o Coffee:

Vincent Hanna (Pacino): “You know, we are sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas. You do what you do, and I do what I gotta do. And now that we’ve been face to face, if I’m there and I gotta put you away, I won’t like it. But I tell you, if it’s between you and some poor bastard whose wife you’re gonna turn into a widow, brother, you are going down.”

Neil McCauley (De Niro): “There is a flip side to that coin. What if you do got me boxed in and I gotta put you down? Cause no matter what, you will not get in my way. We’ve been face to face, yeah. But I will not hesitate. Not for a second.”

Vincent Hanna: “Maybe that’s the way it’ll be…or, who knows?”

Neil McCauley: “Or maybe we’ll never see each other again.”


About Artisan Coffee Roaster:

After being exposed at an early age through his parents’ cafes to coffee and the hospitality industry, while also having a passion for film, Dimitrios graduated from Griffith University with a Degree in Film & Screen Production. After working in the industry for a couple of years, the Hospitality industry became like the Mafia he says: “Just when I thought I was out… it pulled me back in!” (to quote Al Pacino in the Godfather III!) After having cafes he is now a Specialist Coffee Roaster. So who better to ask but Brisbane’s very own The Artisan Coffee Roaster to tell us his Top Ten Coffee/Cafe Movie Scenes?

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Artisan Coffee Roaster is a specialty coffee roaster and cinema enthusiast who also has a degree in film and screen production.

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