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Meet the World's Largest Irish Coffee

Meet the World's Largest Irish Coffee

Earlier today, at 1 p.m. PST to be exact, history was made at the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco. Irish coffee making champion Frank Silletti, in conjecture with the staff of the Buena Vista, made the world's largest Irish coffee. I was there to witness them break the Guinness World Record.


The famous sign.

Everyone has an Irish coffee while they wait.

TV crews on hand to capture history.

The crowd waits excitedly.

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To check out my firsthand account and a bunch of pictures from the event,

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It was a cool but clear sunny day in San Francisco, perfect for enjoying a coffee spiked with whiskey and topped with a thick, creamy head. The bar was packed with fans, old and young, waiting to watch as the oversize cup was hoisted onto the bar. The three-foot tall glass — that can hold up to 15 gallons — was blown specifically for the occasion. A case of Tullamore Dew filled the glass one-third full as the scent of whiskey permeated the air. A box of confectioner's sugar and countless pots of fresh-brewed, sustainably grown organic coffee was added to the gigantic glass as the crowd cheered in anticipation. Just-whipped heavy cream topped off the concoction to create the world's largest Irish coffee.

After the drink was made, the staff worked quickly to transfer the concoction to smaller glasses which they then passed out to everyone in attendance. The atmosphere was lively and the people friendly. Since the drink was created 56 years ago, the cafe estimates it has served 37,010,000 Irish coffees; that's roughly 2,000 a day. It's only natural that they hold the record for the world's largest drink.

It was very exciting to be a part of the bar's history.

Have you ever experienced a world record being broken? Do you enjoy Irish coffee?


The famous sign.

Everyone has an Irish coffee while they wait.

TV crews on hand to capture history.

The crowd waits excitedly.

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The bar is decorated with anniversary signs.

Pictures describe the technique for making an Irish coffee.

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The glass arrives.

Preparing the glass.

Discussing the strategy.

Welcoming the crowd.

The whiskey waits to be poured.

Ready, set, pour!

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Mixing the whiskey with the sugar.

Coffee time.

Almost full.

The bartender's hands shook as he poured the heavy cream over a spoon.

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The world's largest Irish coffee.

Time to serve it.

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My Irish coffee.

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Posing with the glass.

An old women was surrounded by empty glasses!

With the Golden Gate bridge in the background, the view from the cafe's front door.
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btkunz btkunz 7 years
I've been going there waaay to long to admit or count!! Love me an Irish!! Congrats to them on the Record.. Love ALL the bartendars and Love the perfect Irish Coffee!!
Womenfest Womenfest 7 years
Now that's a cup of coffee!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
um...wow - that's just about all i can say on that one. it's interesting to me to see what people come up with sometimes. it's not my thing, but i guess that's cause i don't really care for irish coffee THAT much.
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
I'll have to check that place out, it sounds awesome. I'm not a fan of Irish Coffee really, but I love Baileys & Coffee. Which I unfortunately thought was the same thing once. Boy was I in for a surprise.
nelsonae nelsonae 7 years
This is so fun. I love the Buena Vista!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
Oh my yuminess! Congrats to them for setting the record, too.
bento-barista bento-barista 7 years
I love Irish coffee. I'll have to keep the Buena Vista in mind if I ever visit SF.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Lol. that looks pretty awesome. I know several of my friends that would take on drinking the whole thing. I am not a big coffee fan, don't think i've had Irish coffee but this would have been fun to watch :)
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
That brings new meaning to the phrase: "I'll just have one drink."
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 7 years
That's awesome. I went there for my 21st, and yes the really do have the best Irish coffee. wish I could have been there today!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
I looooove the Buena Vista Cafe! I don't like coffee or whiskey, but when I'm there I sip an Irish coffee like I just don't care!
Deidre Deidre 7 years
The Buena Vista truly, truly makes the world's best Irish coffees. Love the bartender with the handlebar moustache!
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