Milan Baristas Set World Record: 623 Coffees in 1 Hour

Tue, 10/25/2011 - 09:46

Gianni Cocco and Danilo Torres make quite the pair behind the bar. The two baristas managed to serve up 623 tiny cups of espresso in just 60 minutes to set the Guinness World Record for most coffees made in an hour.

The record is the first of its kind, and Guinness organizers had stipulated that the baristas must make at least 300 cups of coffee in order to be awarded the first world title. Cocco and Torres far exceeded organizer’s expectations and averaged about one coffee every 6 seconds.

The Guinness World Record judges insisted on caffeinated perfection. 74 coffees were excluded for failing to be filled to at least 20 mm, or sloppy execution, bringing the final record-setting count to 623.

The judging event was held at Fieramilano on the 23rd of October 2011, but Cocco and Torres trained for months beforehand. The two baristas, who work in downtown Milan, spent 4 months practicing their techniques at least 3 times a week- carrying out 350 machine tests to get their coffee-making speed up to par.