My friend Anne will not drink coffee or tea from a cup or even a decently sized mug. So everyone in my book group has a special “Anne cup.” In my home, it’s a speckled blue and white sponge-painted number I made especially for her in one of the Make Your Own Pottery-type places that have sprung up for the glazing pleasures of kids of all ages.
That giant mug, is nothing, a mere thimble of a vessel compared to the jumbo giant 2010-gallon mug that will soon – if things go right on Friday, October 15 – house a Guinness World Record cup of freshly-brewed java. Well, as fresh as a cup of coffee that will take four or five hours to brew at about 250 gallons per hour can be!
The endeavor if successful (which it will be) will more than double the current world record of 911.5 gallons set in 2007. Breaking the record is the brainchild of GourmetGiftBaskets.com’s founder and CEO Ryan Abood who has a penchant for breaking records in a very big way. Last year the company broke the Guinness World Record by baking the world’s largest cupcake. Last year, the cupcake, this year the cup. Next year? Maybe the biggest bowl of pasta, or guacamole (hmmm, how to keep it from turning brown?), or cotton candy cone. Who knows?
For Ryan, breaking records is about achievement, something he wants his employees to enjoy both in the workplace and outside it. It’s also about fun, an important part of the culture at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, if you think starting the day at 4 a.m. is fun! Hopefully employees and participating vendors – it does take a village to brew more than 2000 gallons of coffee fast enough to serve by noon – will have the help of a few regular-sized cups of super-caffeinated coffee of their own as they set up shop at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, South Pacific Ballroom; Booth #335.
The record-breaking cup of coffee will be an eight-foot by eight-foot storage tank around which a coffee cup with a handle will be constructed of sculpted foam with a polyurethane finish. It will be filled with just-brewed 100-percent Arabica blend coffee dispensed specially designed high-volume dispensers. Dark, light, or sweetened, the best part of breaking the Guinness World Record with the world’s largest-ever cup of coffee will be the money raised and donated to Susan G. Komen’s Passionately Pink for the Cure, a fundraising program created by Susan G. Komen for the Cure which inspires breast cancer advocacy and honors those affected by the disease.
A Dozen Coffee Facts and Legends
· Coffee is the world’s second most popular drink, right after water.
· Coffee is not grown anywhere in the United States except Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
· Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, or 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.
· A coffee tree can flower eight times in any one year – depending on rainfall.
· Vincent Van Gogh was a big frequenter of the café society and famously said “I have tried to show the café as a place where one can go mad.”
· A coffee tree has a lifespan of about 50 to 70 years.
· There are 900 different flavours of arabica. Complex and very volatile, they deteriorate if exposed to air and light.
· The aromas in coffee develop at the 10th minute of roasting.
· Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is the first.)
· Brazil produces around 40% of the world’s coffee supply.