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How many cups of coffee the Friends characters drank – and how much they spent

The Friends characters spent a long time in Central Perk drinking coffee

Central Perk is synonymous with cult hit Friends. There they sat, Phoebe, Monica, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Ross, sipping coffee, occasionally nibbling a muffin.

Given so much of the show centred on the famous coffee shop, a lot of coffee was consumed over the course of the 236 episodes (or, at least, fictitiously so).

Which prompts us to wonder: how many cups were drunk? And who had the most?

Thankfully, @kitlovelace has done the maths.

As you can see from the chart, Phoebe had the most, consuming a whopping 227 cups. and Rachel – despite working in Central Perk for some time – had the least (138).

Chandler is the second biggest coffee drinker with 212 cups (who can forget his multiple espressos when he was breaking up with Janice). He’s followed by Monica (198), Joey, (191), and Ross (188).

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Lots of coffee (Photo: NBCUniversal)

Interestingly, Friends characters drank the most coffee in seasons four-six. Their caffeinated habits changed over time.

Kit used “The One With Five Steaks And An Eggplant” episode, where a coffee and a scone came to $4.15, to work out that a regular coffee cost about $1.50 in the Friends world. So you can also work out how much they all spent, too. With tips added on.

It works out at roughly $1.46 per character, per episode. That’s not far off the price of a Pret filter coffee. Just one. So actually, not bad.

Kit told HuffPost of his great work: “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.

“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.”

Asda’s premium coffee fits Nespresso machines (Photo: ASDA)

Even if spending £1 on a Pret coffee each morning is well within your budget, making coffee at home is often more efficient.

But we don’t all have time to wait for the percolator to fire up. If you’ve got a coffee machine, Asda’s Extra Special coffee pods are worthy of consideration – and as good as many coffee shops.

The pods are full of premium coffee, and fit Nespresso machines and similar and are an affordable alternative. Asda’s instant microground is quicker still, using ground whole- bean coffee, it’s rich in flavour.


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