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‘But first, coffee’: Miami fans drink like their favorite Gilmore Girl for a day

Adina Martinez, 22, sips a “Luke’s Diner” coffee at Alaska Coffee Roasting Company in North Miami on Wednesday. The themed coffees were part of a promotional effort for Netflix’s new season of “Gilmore Girls.”
Adina Martinez, 22, sips a “Luke’s Diner” coffee at Alaska Coffee Roasting Company in North Miami on Wednesday. The themed coffees were part of a promotional effort for Netflix’s new season of “Gilmore Girls.” afigueroa@miamiherald.com

Tiffany Barranco never missed an episode of “Gilmore Girls” growing up.

Each week, Tiffany, her mom and sister would huddle together around the television and watch a new episode of the show, known for its fast-paced dialogue filled with pop culture references and its mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore (played by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel).

“I just think that it was a feel-good show,” Barranco said. “You can relate to it.”

On Wednesday morning, the 31-year-old was able reconnect with the show: She got a free cup of coffee at Alaska Coffee Roasting (13130 Biscayne Blvd. in North Miami), which transformed itself into Luke’s Diner — a favorite haunt on the series — as part of a Netflix promotion for the upcoming four-episode reboot of “Gilmore Girls,” which airs Nov. 25.

Luke’s Diner is a popular setting in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, where many interactions among characters occur on the show. Hundreds of coffee shops across the country participated in the celebration by recreating the classic dinner and serving 150 free cups of black coffee.

Several shops in the Miami-Dade area — Panther Coffee in Coconut Grove and Dirt in South Beach in addition to Alaska — had baristas wear flannel shirts and baseball caps (backwards, of course) to dress up as fictional proprietor Luke Danes.

Karen Tuvia, the managing partner of Alaska, greeted everyone who walked in the door wearing a pink flannel shirt and baseball cap, booming: “Welcome to Luke’s.”

She said she tried to act out Luke’s grumpy behavior by yelling at customers to put their phones away, but she said she was too happy to be mean.

“We’re just having fun with it,” she said.

Tuvia said she is also a “Gilmore Girls” fan and loves the mother-daughter relationship on the series. She said she’s thinking of hosting a watch party for the premiere at her coffee shop.

The promotion was so popular that Panther Coffee (3407 Main Highway) and Dirt (232 Fifth St.) ran out of coffee around 11 a.m.

Adina Martinez left class early at Florida International University so she could grab a cup of Luke’s coffee at Alaska. The 22-year-old social services senior said she binge watched the series on Netflix this year because she liked Lauren Graham in the TV show “Parenthood.”

Martinez said she loves the relationship between Rory and Lorelai and the setting of Stars Hollow, adding that being able to have coffee in Luke’s Diner has made her more excited for the premiere.

“I’m definitely ready for November,” she said.

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