25 October 2010

Jumbo sized jitters, company breaks record for world's largest cup of coffee

Think the triple-shot, extra large soy latte you just ordered from your favorite barista was the largest java drink you've ever seen? Think again! On October 15th, GourmetGiftBaskets.com broke the current Guinness World Record for Largest Cup of Coffee. The winning coffee "mug" contained 2,010 gallons of fresh coffee, which is equivalent to 32,160 cups of fresh brewed coffee!

The most recent record, set in 2007, was at 911.5 gallons. This, obviously, far surpassed that. GourtmetGiftBaskets.com CEO Ryan Abood decided to keep going, even after already beating the record at 7:45 a.m.

The team that broke the record didn't stop at just one; they also beat the record for World's Largest Cup of Ice Coffee on October 16th. Thirty five hundred pounds of ice were required to break the temperature record of 45 degrees. You can watch the excitement on YouTube here.

Of course, the company couldn't do it all on their own. They had help from Terracon Corporation of Boston, whose storage tank became the cup's foundation; Chisel Productions Inc. of Georgia, who built a coffee cup and handle around the tank; Kerry/ X Cafe of Massachusettes, who provided the  coffee; Logo Loc LTD of New Hampshire, who created custom t-shirts for the event; Marich Confectionary of California, who gave away free samples of their Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans; and Bunn-O-Matic Corporation of Ilinois, who supplied the high volume coffee dispensers designed to meet the requirements of the world record attempt.

Geanna Marek | @greenvegnliving
Geanna was born and raised in veg-friendly Portland where she currently works as a freelance writer and librarian assistant. Find Geanna at her sustainable vegan living blog greenveganliving.com.

Photo credit: PRNewsFoto/GourmetGiftBaskets.com, Jacob Kepler