Fans of the show Friends know that Central Perk isnt just the place where Gunther lives: Its also where Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler,Monica and Phoebe get their coffee fixes.
In fact, the gang gets so caffeinated over the course of 10 seasons that one intrepid viewer decided to document it all.
London writer Kit Lovelace tracked every cup of coffee consumed on the show throughout its 236 episodes and came up with some fantastic charts. On Tuesday,the writer resharedthem over Twitter after digging through old stuff.
One indicates that its Phoebe who drinks the most coffee out of anyone, with 227 cups:
Lovelace rewatched the series with an eye on all mug/potential cup activity while scrubbing through the nonCentral Perk scenes as research for a piece for Popbitch in 2015.
Lovelace explained how hed been inspired by a 2013 article on Friendsabout the characters caffeine consumption.
It came about after I read a piece I read on the Scientific American blog an assumption about how much coffee each character drank each episode, Lovelace said.
I was a little disappointed to see that no one had actually tried to figure out the real numbers, given that the source material was out there.
Surprisingly, Lovelace isnt a huge die-hard fan of the series, but he is a coffee drinker and was driven by what seemed like a significant gap in our shared pop culture knowledge.
So over one particularly slow week, I tried to figure it out, he said.
Lovelace didnt stop at just the number of cups per character, either. He also broke it down season-by-season to see how each characters coffee habits developed and changed over time:
Lovelace then took his analysis a step further to find out how much each character spent on their coffee addition.
It should be noted that Lovelace is from Britain, and his assumption that each character would be spending $1.46 per cup of coffee in New York City might be a bit low. He did note, however, that Monicas bill for a coffee and a scone was $4.12 in one episode, so he took it upon himself to estimate $1.50 for coffee and $2.50 for the scone.
A cup of Pret filter coffee here in the UK is 99 [pence], Lovelace told HuffPost. At the time I originally wrote this, when our currency wasnt in the toilet, that would have been about $1.50. Now its about $1.29.
All said, if we run with $1.46 per cup, the gang hasnt spent all that much money over the last 10 years.Considering how much time they spend at the Perk, they definitely shouldve spent more to help Gunther and co. pay what was surely an absurdly high rent.
Luckily, as Lovelace also noted, the Friends were good tippers:
Of his findings, Lovelace was most surprised by Phoebes coffee habit.
It makes sense that Rachel didnt rack up so many cups as she was a waitress for so long but Id have thought the smart money was on Chandler winning out before I started.
That probably wasnt an unfair assessment. But now weve got the data to know for sure.
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