Here’s how much coffee each ‘Friends’ character drank over the course of the show.

Although Friends been off the air for 13 years, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Like how did they all afford to live in those posh NYC apartments? What’s Gunther’s surname? Thanks to one zealous fan who rewatched all 236 episodes and did the math. One of the most puzzling questions of all can now be answered. The exact amount of coffee consumed by the characters throughout the series.

Kit Lovelace, a Twitter personality and Friends superfan, recently shared some data he gathered after binge-watching the entire series. And counting how many cups of coffee Ross, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Monica, and Rachel consumed over the course of ten seasons. They were a caffeinated bunch, to say the least.

Lovelace approached the project with great care, paying close attention to the Central Perk scenes (and others with mugs present). Although some characters, such as Phoebe, may be drinking tea. He assumed that every mug on screen was filled with coffee unless otherwise specified. He estimates that the group consumed 1,154 cups in total.

Furthermore, he put together some snazzy graphs using the collected data to show how each character’s coffee drinking habits changed from season to season. Almost every character had cut back significantly by the time the finale rolled around, according to his observations.

Given the amount of coffee consumed, an obvious follow-up question arises: how much money did they all spend to stay so energised? Lovelace, too, did the math to figure it out. He based his calculations on an assumed price of $1.46 per cup, which, when factoring in a 20% tip, assumes the gang spent $2,077.20 on cups of joe during their ten years on-screen. If you adjust for inflation, that’s $3,430.23 in today’s money.

This isn’t the first time someone has attempted to calculate the amount of caffeine consumed by the friends. Scientific American did some research on the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut and discovered that the friends consumed 445 gallons of coffee over the course of the series (though their methods were a bit more crude and based on estimations rather than the sort of painstakingly precise methodology employed by Lovelace).

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