Most of us wouldn't even think twice about our morning cup of coffee. But this ordinary drink has been front and center in some extraordinary feats. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes over 10 astonishing coffee and espresso-related records. Let's take a moment to smell the coffee, shall we? Here are the incredible highlights:
- The largest cup of coffee contained 3,487.1 gallons and was made my DeLonghi in London on November 5, 2012.
- The Discovery Channel built the largest espresso machine in the world on September 20, 2004. The big brewer measures 10' 9 1/4" H x 8' 2" W x 10' 1 1/2" L and can hold 130 gallons of water.
- Three more for the Brits: Most espressos made in an hour by a team - 12,003. The record was set on April 9, 2011 by the London Belle Baristas. And, the UK's Macmillan Cancer Relief held the world's largest simultaneous coffee party on September 26, 2003 with 576,157 people in attendance throughout the kingdom.
- You'd think Whole Latte Love be a shoo-in for the largest collection of coffee pots, but that title belongs to Robert Dahl of Germany, who owns an impressive 27,390 coffee pots at last count, on November 2, 2012.
- Hawaii's own DFS Galleria Waikiki created the biggest coffee mosaic, using 5,642 cups of coffee on August 10, 2012. It measured 16' x 25'. The image? Elvis Presley.
- Tired of waiting in line for your morning espresso? Recommend the world's fastest espresso machine to your favorite cafe. The “Swiss Espresso Extractor" can produce 3 gallons of espresso per minute. Don't think the local coffeehouse will go for it? Home brewing may be your best alternative.
We're certainly inspired by these caffeinated exploits. Though, there does seem to be room for more of our favorite brew. Can you think of any coffee records waiting to be set?