5 Films to Celebrate International Coffee Day

Happy International Coffee Day!

 Iced Lavender latte from  Humble Coffee Downtown.

Iced Lavender latte from Humble Coffee Downtown.

That’s right - an international holiday dedicated to our favorite caffeinated beverage. The International Coffee Organization is celebrating this year with the theme ‘Women in Coffee’, stating:

Women play as important a role in the whole of the coffee chain as men, from planting the seeds to processing to trading to brewing… and drinking it. Have you ever thought about how many women it took for you to be able to drink your daily cuppa?

Celebrated on Saturday, September 29th in the United States, National Coffee Days are similarly celebrated across the world. Unifying these celebrations on October 1st each year are the members of the ICO (International Coffee Organization). International Coffee Day revels in “the journey from the farm to your local shop” and this year’s theme focuses on the role women play, from grower’s to business owners, in getting your favorite cup in hand.

I love coffee - specifically lattes, even more specifically, honey lavender lattes, and I’m super spoiled living in Albuquerque, NM and working downtown where coffee shops decorate nearly every city block. To celebrate today’s holiday here are 5 of my favorite films with women drinking the elixir of life. There will even be some pictures highlighting a few of my favorite coffee shops native to New Mexico. Enjoy!

  1. ALL the women in Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

Directed by Jim Jarmusch, Coffee and Cigarettes is, as its title clearly states, a film that’s basically a bunch of vignettes of famous people drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. It’s fabulous, and while there are several excellent cameos worth mentioning, we’re here for the women.

Katy Hansz, Meg White, Cate Blanchett - these vignettes feature bad ass women who know how they like their coffee thanks very much. I’m particularly fond of the scene with Katy Hansz where she orders a plain black cup of coffee then proceeds to doctor it up exactly to her liking, takes a pleasurable gulp, only for the waiter to immediately come back and top her cup off, ruining her previous efforts. She explains, at length, how she’d just gotten the color of her coffee exactly right, and her disdain for having had her cup topped off with out asking is made plain. Every time I make a cup I think about the color I’m trying to achieve, which happens to be a light caramel color (I enjoy a heavy dose of cream), and I know exactly what the hue looks like when I get there.

2. Sherilyn Fenn, Twin Peaks (1990)

Who can forget Audrey Horne sitting in the at the Double R Diner getting served black coffee by Norma Jennings in Twin Peaks? Followed by her infamous dance to Angelo Badalamenti’s instantly recognizable (well, if you were a nerd about Twin Peaks) instrumental music for the show, she’s my #2 for her cool demeanor and hardcore consumption of coffee, black. Sometimes when I’m getting coffee at a diner-like joint I hear that jazzy rhythm and start to snap my fingers.

 Hazelnut latte from  Beck’s Coffee House  in Las Cruces, NM

Hazelnut latte from Beck’s Coffee House in Las Cruces, NM


3. Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Sharing a May 4th birthday with Hepburn, I feel she’s sort of my spirit animal, and there is likely no better quintessential woman-with-coffee moment in Western cinema than Holly Golightly window shopping 5th Avenue with a cup of coffee and pastry in hand in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. While I’ve visited New York on several occasions, it’s still on my bucket list to reenact this scene.

4. Winona Ryder, Little Women (1994)

If you’ve been visiting Cushy for a while then you probably know I love me some 1994 Little Women, and am particularly fond of one Winona Ryder as Jo March. I adore all the scenes of Jo furiously scribbling away, but of course the scenes of her drinking coffee while living in New York, trying to become a writer, renting a room in her mother’s friend’s home, where she meets the love of her life, Frederick (let the record state: it should have been Teddy), is easily one of my favorites in the film.

  Check out my tutorial for creating a writer’s cap just like Jo’s    here.

Check out my tutorial for creating a writer’s cap just like Jo’s here.

5. Audrey Tautou, Amélie (2001)

I’d be remiss, nay, there’d be no point in this listicle, if I failed to pay tribute to Audrey Tautou in Amélie. There’s a reason Brand New named a song after her, and it’s because she’s magical people. If you haven’t seen Amélie, do yourself a favor: check the weather for the next overcast/rainy day coming to you, email your boss and take the day off, load up on dark chocolate and pick up your favorite espresso drink and prop yourself on your most comfortable couch with squishy blankets and dig in to this masterpiece sent in Paris.


“I like to look for things no one else catches.”

- Amélie

 Honey lavender latte at  Modern General  +  Danielle LaPorte’s  2018 Desire Map Planner.

Honey lavender latte at Modern General + Danielle LaPorte’s 2018 Desire Map Planner.