Joey and Ross drink coffee in Central Perk, while Phoebe reads Monica's palm

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Someone counted how many cups of coffee everyone drank on ‘Friends’

Maybe that's why they needed roommates.


Christine Friar


Published Jun 29, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 1:23 am CDT

They may have loved frolicking in that fountain, but it’s no secret that a lot of Friends took place in Central Perk—a coffee shop conveniently located near Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe’s apartments. What’s less talked-about is how everyone’s java habit impacted their finances.

Twitter user Kit Lovelace combed through “all 236 episodes of Friends” and tallied how many coffees each character drinks over the course of the series. Phoebe tops the list with 227 cups total, an average of .96 coffees an episode. Meanwhile, Rachel drank only 138, an average of .58 coffees an episode:

Lovelace took it a step further and tracked the coffee trends season to season. A handy graph illustrates that Chandler started out a big java-head and then dropped steeply for season 2, while Rachel was largely indifferent to coffee until season 6, where she sees a huge spike.

Lovelace also noticed that in a season 2 episode, Monica gets a receipt for a coffee and a scone that comes out to $4.12:

Going off that figure, Lovelace estimated that the coffee probably attributed to about $1.50 of the total, and used that number to estimate approximately how much money each character spent on coffee—with some wiggle room for tip. Again, Phoebe leads the charge with $408 spent total, while Rachel shelled out a modest $248.

Maybe that’s why everyone needed roommates…

H/T BuzzFeed

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*First Published: Jun 29, 2017, 1:51 pm CDT