3. The Ross
His drink: Classic Flat White
If Coffee Bean had paid me a million dollars to pair these drinks with Friends characters, I would never come up with anything funnier than a flat white for Ross. But they didn’t select that drink in order to point out that he’s a pretty boring white dude in a series that makes New York look whiter than Pleasantville. Instead, Coffee Bean’s promo materials say that there’s “no awkwardness here, this beverage is sophisticated and sleek, just how Ross Geller wants to be.”
I will say that this drink surprised the hell out of me, like when I saw Ross lie to Rachel that he got their marriage annulled, but actually he didn’t. Ah shit, spoiler alert? Anyways, the good news is that it doesn’t taste like a cup of sweet, hot milk. It has way more coffee flavor than you’re expecting from a drink that has more milk in it than espresso, and it has a beautiful layer of foam on top. This is a fantastic choice named for a person with a history of making terrible choices.