Friends Fans Can Now Buy Central Perk Coffee to Celebrate the Show's 25th Anniversary

Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow hang out at Central Perk in Friends.
Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow hang out at Central Perk in Friends.
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Friends is celebrating its 25th anniversary this September. While Central Perk may have closed its doors when the show aired its finale more than 15 years ago, in the hearts of fans, Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe are still sipping their favorite caffeinated beverages on an orange velvet sofa somewhere. And now you can, too.

Entertainment Weekly reports that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has partnered with Warner Bros. to release a special line of coffees and teas inspired by Central Perk, the gang’s favorite coffee shop—and you can buy them right here).

Fans can pour themselves a cup of Central Perk Medium Roast, Central Perk Dark Roast, or a black tea simply named Central Perk Tea, all while cuddling up with their favorite Friends swag and rewatching the entire series a few more times before it leaves Netflix in January.

If you want to get out of the house for a while, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores will be serving specialty drinks inspired by all your favorite characters, whether that means you're ordering The Joey (mango cold brew tea) or The Rachel (a matcha latte).

However, like Friends's Netflix tenure, these beverages will only be around for a limited time—until August 27. So the next time you need to you clean your house or organize your towels, be sure to swing by and try The Monica (a midnight mocha cold brew).

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

Letters From James Bond Creator Ian Fleming Detailing His Infidelity Hit the Auction Block

Sony
Sony

If the adage “write what you know” truly applies, then James Bond author Ian Fleming took it to heart. Like 007, his famously womanizing character who later went on to star in a hugely successful movie franchise, Fleming was apparently prone to finding himself in choppy relationship waters, according to a collection of private letters coming up for auction.

Sotheby’s is offering a collection of 160 pieces of correspondence belonging to Fleming, including a series of exchanges between the writer and his wife, Ann, that detail his infidelity.

“You mention ‘bad old bachelor days’—the only person you stopped sleeping with when they ceased was me!” Ann wrote, apparently referencing Fleming’s indiscretions. Other letters seem to hint at a more stable, if lurid, coupling, with Fleming affectionately referring to her as “darling baby” and opening his messages by addressing her as “Dear Monkey” or “Darling Pig.”

Before they married, Ann expressed hope Fleming would arrive to take her away from her then-husband, Esmond, Viscount Rothermere, and “put me in your bed with a raw cowhide whip in my hand so as I can keep you well behaved for 40 years.” Clearly, that plan didn't succeed.

Fleming and Ann were married in 1952 and remained together until his death in 1964. The letters were often exchanged while the writer was on retreat at Goldeneye, Jamaica, where he wrote many of his Bond novels. The letters also frequently reference his work and some of Bond’s origins. In one, he explains work is going so well he’s completing a chapter a day. Describing a boat given to him by a friend, he wrote that “I have christened [it] Octopussy.”

The salacious letters will be auctioned from December 3 to 10 and are expected to fetch between about $260,000 and $400,000.

[h/t The Telegraph]

The Office-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Here to Show Off Your Dunder Mifflin Spirit

Target
Target

It's now easier than ever to gift your loved ones with Dunder Mifflin-inspired Christmas presents, thanks to Target's new The Office collection. What does it include, you ask? Ugly Christmas sweaters with Dwight Schrute's face and the paper company's logo on them.

As reported by POPSUGAR, Target is selling two different holiday sweaters—one featuring Dwight's festive face and another, more general Dunder Mifflin one—on its website, each priced at $29.99. It seems the NBC series' popularity will never die, as companies continue to sell The Office-related products, from cool artwork to construction sets.

While fans continue to binge The Office on Netflix, they know that major changes are ahead. NBCUniversal is launching its own streaming platform, Peacock, and will take the show back in January 2021. In the meantime, you can still soak up as much Dunder Mifflin insanity as you can handle via Netflix—and now you can do it decked out in a festive holiday sweater.

[h/t POPSUGAR]

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