If you've watched even a few episodes of NBC's cult-favorite sitcom Friends, then you know the group often hung out at their local coffee shop, Central Perk. As you're probably aware, the six leads indulged in a lot of coffee, but some characters were seen drinking more java than others throughout the series.
Ever wonder which character on Friends is guilty of drinking the most coffee?Writer Kit Lovelace did a bunch of "research" (ahem, watched a bunch of TV) to solve this important question.
After gathering data on how much coffee was purchased, poured, and consumed by each character over the show's 10-year run, Lovelace created a visualization to break it down. Cumulatively, the crew consumed 1,154 cups over 236 episodes.
Turns out Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) drank the most coffee, followed by Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courteney Cox). Ross (David Schwimmer) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) were neck to neck in fourth place, while Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) was far lower in her coffee intake than her peers.
Rachel's relatively low intake is surprising considering she worked at Central Perk towards the beginning of the series. What's the deal, Rach?
A few years back, Scientific American crunched some numbers to conclude the six friends drank 445 gallons of coffee in the series. This figure came by assuming each friend drank two mugs per episode and each mug holds 20 ounces of coffee.
Lovelace further looked at coffee consumption from season to season. Overall, there was a general decline for the group. Chandler started with the highest coffee intake and ended up with a drastically lower consumption. But for Rachel, who had the lowest overall coffee intake at the start, there was an increase — albeit relatively small — from the first season to season 10.