In early 1927, the big craze was to see who could drink the most coffee. Dozens of reports popped up around the country, documenting the attempts of several men to break the coffee-drinking record. In just over a month, the cup count went from 71 to a bladder-numbing 157 cups (which is 1,256 ounces — so don’t try this at home).
Will try to break world coffee record
Springfield Leader and Press (Missouri) – January 11, 1927
Fergus Falls, Minnesota – The world’s coffee drinking championship, whatever its importance, was at stake today as Gus Comstock prepared to down 100 cups of the breakfast brew, and thus lift the coffee crown from H. A. Streety of Amarillo, Texas.
Comstock is no noviate in coffee confusing, having to his credit 52 cups in 10 hours flat. Streety, however, has downed 71 cups in 8 hours and a half.
Comstock will do his drinking in the window of a hotel. He said ten hours will be enough for 100 cups.
Sets new coffee-drinking record
Reno Gazette-Journal (Nevada) – January 18, 1927
Frank Trachimowitz thinks he is the latest champion at coffee drinking, with a record of ninety cups in three hours, twenty-eight minutes.
Gus Comstock at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, recently downed eighty-five in seven hours, 15 minutes.
New coffee record set: 132 cups in six hours
The News-Herald (Franklin, Pennsylvania) – February 11, 1927
Sioux City, Iowa – The newest world champion is Earl Smith, aged 36, who drank 132 cups of coffee in 6 hours in a java marathon.