Gus Comstock, Champion Coffee Drinker

Gus Comstock of Minnesota set a record back in 1927 by drinking 85 cups of coffee in 7 hours and 15 minutes.

Bridgewater Courier-News - Jan 18, 1927

Others subsequently claimed to have beaten his record. Albert Baker of San Francisco claimed to have drunk 157 cups of coffee in 6 hours 20 minutes. However, Comstock complained that there was nothing official about his challenger's claims. They just said they had beaten his record. And Comstock ended up being the most well-remembered champion coffee drinker. Stumbeano's Coffee Roasters (located in Comstock's home town of Fergus Falls) now sells a "Gus Comstock Blend" of coffee.


I haven't been able to find any more recent coffee-drinking records. Probably because drinking that much coffee has to be potentially lethal.

Back in my twenties I used to regularly drink 3 or 4 cups a day. Nowadays I limit myself to one cup in the morning.

More info:

Washington Evening Star - Jan 14, 1927

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 03, 2023
     Category: World Records | Coffee and other Legal Stimulants | 1920s

I knew a doctor who said he drank 25 cups a day. I think he was a resident with crazy hours at the time.
Posted by ges on 01/03/23 at 04:00 PM
In Peanuts, Snoopy was once said to drink 54 root beers at a party. I wonder what the conversion rate is between cups of coffee and glasses of root beer.
Posted by Phideaux on 01/04/23 at 01:40 AM
Worked with a guy who drank 20 cups every day. Between 8 and 4:30, that is; he never mentioned how many more he did at home before & after.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 01/04/23 at 06:59 AM
Phideaux, I found this on caffeine in root beer. Most brands have none.
Posted by ges on 01/04/23 at 08:49 PM
That's five minutes a cup. It depends on how strong it's brewed, but with typical American (or Dutch!) coffee, I don't think that's impossible. (Try it with French or Italian coffee, you're dead.)
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/07/23 at 09:59 AM
Richard Bos: There's at least one more. A co-worker who made his own coffee offered me a cup. I accepted, since the company-provided stuff was that typical American type you mentioned. Also, I instructed him that I like my coffee strong. That day, I learned you never say that to a Russian.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 01/08/23 at 09:38 AM
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