Published Jun 29, 2017Classic '90s sitcom Friends continues to thrive in syndication and on streaming services — hell, even on the off-Broadway live stage. It's no secret that the six main characters consumed a lot of coffee throughout their 10 seasons of hanging out at Central Perk. But now one particularly dedicated fan has revealed just how much java Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Ross and Joey actually drank.
London-based writer Kit Lovelace rewatched all 236 episodes and tallied up the pals' total coffee consumption (or at least the number of cups poured, purchased or consumed).
The results aren't entirely surprising, with the ever-eccentric Phoebe (played by Lisa Kudrow) topping the pile with 227 cups, while god-awful former barista Rachel (played by Jennifer Aniston) drank the least.
Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica (Courtney Cox), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Ross (David Schwimmer) filled in the middle spots, ranging from 188 to 212 cups each.
Speaking to the Huffington Post about his methodology, Lovelace explained: "If they were somewhere where there was no coffee (Ross giving a lecture; Monica catering an event etc.), I would fast forward through the scene keeping an eye out for any potential mugs or cups… Any Central Perk scene, or apartment scene where they were eating and drinking I watched [properly]."
He also tracked how the Friends gang's coffee drinking habits changed over the course of the show's 10-season run. That data reveals a significant drop in Phoebe's consumption during season 4 (while she was pregnant with triplets), while Rachel's season 1 and 2 waitressing years saw her drinking far less java then during her season 6 peak (which could have been spurred on by a marriage and divorce from Ross, a move-in with Phoebe and a surprise visit from her sister).
Finally, Lovelace also looked into how much the group's coffee habit cost each character — and while the exact numbers are largely based on speculation, it's fair to say that Gunther surely appreciated their patronage.
Analyze the data and draw your own conclusions below.