Creativity and determination drove Ryan Abood to launch an online store when he was 22 that he has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise.
That same passion fueled his latest feat: creating a giant, 8-foot coffee mug and brewing 2,010 gallons of fresh coffee, shattering the Guinness World Record for largest cup of coffee, according to GourmetGiftBaskets.com.
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Abood took the Guinness World Record for iced coffee too, dazzling the crowds at the recent Blog World Expo in Las Vegas while simultaneously raising money to fight breast cancer.
“We wanted to break both records because we had this massive cup and thought, ‘We’d be crazy not to,'” said Abood, founder and CEO of GourmetGiftBaskets.com, an online store that boasts hundreds of creative, custom gift baskets.
The victory was an adventure for the young CEO, and his Herculean mug of coffee had everyone buzzing at Blog World, a social media conference.
The 2,010 gallon mug held the equivalent of 32,160 cups of coffee.
Abood and his team from GourmetGiftBaskets.com set to work in the wee hours of the morning to begin brewing. Eight hours later, it says, they poured the final cup into the massive mug and a Guinness World Record Official measured it, took the temperature, and it made history.
The following day, fueled by lots of coffee naturally, the team of 15 employees toiled again to brew the world’s biggest cup of iced coffee, complete with a staggering 3,500 pounds of enormous ice cubes.
It looked so refreshing that a few members of the team took a celebratory plunge into the dark sea of coffee after Guinness declared the second victory for GourmetGiftBaskets.com.
But it wasn’t all for fun. Abood and his team dovetailed the fanfare with an opportunity to collect donations for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, which provides the source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.
The previous Guinness World Record for largest cup of coffee was set in 2007 at 911.5 gallons, which GourmetGiftBaskets.com more than doubled.
Abood acknowledged that it was not as easy as he thought, and his team juggled a dizzying array of logistics to brew 32,160 cups of coffee and iced coffee, which the team cooled down with a chilling 3,500 pounds of ice.
The team broke the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Cup of Iced Coffee just in the nick of time, emptying out 100 gallons of coffee to accommodate enough ice to get the beverage sufficiently cool, and breaking the record just as the show’s doors were closing.
GourmetGiftBaskets.com broke the Guinness World Records on Oct. 15 and 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The information was released Tuesday, Nov. 9.