Ryan Abood and his team recently entered Guinness World Records by preparing a 2,010-gallon cup of coffee sufficient to also make the most devoted coffee fan stirring up for nights.
The CEO of GourmetGiftBaskets.com, Abood had entered the renowned Guinness pages in the past by putting up the world’s largest cupcake. He was looking for a new challenge and after knowing that Americans consume about 146 billion cups of coffee a year from their drink holder, he decided to create a little caffeinated history.
Abood told the PR Newswire that he scoffed after knowing that the world record for the biggest cup of coffee was just 911 gallons and that this record was not at all difficult to break. (Side note, that 911 gallon cup of coffee doesn’t fit in out cup holder either. Big mugs fit, just not ridiculously big mugs.)
On Oct 15th, Abood and his staff arrived at the Blog World Expo at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and immediately started their assignment. Two firms namely Boston-based Terracon Corp and Georgia-based Chisel Productions supported them by building a storage tank and a coffee cup out of foam and polyurethane to go around the tank respectively.
The Gourmet Gift Basket Team kindled the giant coffeemakers which were the size of refrigerators provided by the Bunn-O-Matic Corporation at around 4 in the morning. They then supplied a pair of long hoses into the 8-by-8-foot coffee cup.
Colombian Arabica blend coffee, approx three gallons was transferred into the gigantic cup and by around 8am, the earlier record was cracked.
In spite of that, the crew wasn’t pleased and they continued dispensing and stopped only when they crossed the 2,000-gallon (equivalent of 32,160 ordinary cups of coffee) score at noon time.
A Guinness spokesperson, soon after 12, formally confirmed that Abood and his team had made it to the records.
The crew took a rest after their successful venture, but just for a day. When Abood found out that Guinness has a record for the largest cup of iced coffee as well, they were back in the game.
Abood said that they loved challenges and wanted to break both records. They had all the tools necessary along with the gigantic cup and thought they should do it. (Nothing like being prepared, and remember that when shopping for wheelchair accessories.)
But preparing a record-breaking iced coffee turned out to be a bit difficult. The Gourmet crew used the same technique which they employed for brewing hot coffee. But as per Guinness rules, the temperature of coffee had to drop to less than 45 degrees to be considered iced coffee.
The crew unloaded 3,500 pounds of block ice to chill the coffee subsequent to filling the cup and it took them a full day to achieve this. Later Guinness inserted a thermometer inside the cup and gave verdict as another world’s record.
Profits from the brewing bonanza were given to “Susan G. Komen of the Cure”, the largest breast cancer foundation in the world.