Which TV Cast Drank More Coffee? Friends vs. Gilmore Girls, by the Numbers

02/22/2016 at 05:40 PM ET

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There isn’t anything quite as reminiscent of Friends as Central Perk. But just how much coffee did the gang actually consume on that giant orange couch?

PayPal figured out that the pals drank roughly two cups of java per episode over the 236 episodes. At around $3.50 per cup, that means they spent $9,912 during the ten seasons (though that doesn’t take into consider Rachel and Gunther sharing their employee discount).

And individually the six Friends—who reunited to honor legendary sitcom director James Burrows in a tribute on Sunday—each spent $1,652 over the years.

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But PayPal didn’t stop with just them. The payment service also compared the coffee numbers to the cast of Gilmore Girls—who came in shockingly low despite basically making a second home of Luke’s diner.

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Rory and Lorelai drank roughly one cup of coffee at home and one cup at Luke’s per episode. With the cost of a home-brew at $.50 and a coffee at Luke’s at around $2.50 (accounting for the price differences in Connecticut vs. N.Y.C.), the mother-daughter duo spent about $765 on the hot beverage over the 153 episodes.

Friends for the win! Though that could all change come the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Cara on

Lorelai and Rory rarely paid for their coffee at Luke’s though, so it was a nobrainer that coffee in NY where they had to pay would cost more than free coffee at the diner.

Vamanos on

I’m surprised. I’m rewatching Gilmore Girls on Netflix and they talk about drinking coffee all the time. I thought they would win.

April on

How dumb is this analysis?? One show lasted 10 seasons, the other 7 seasons. One group is 6 people, one is 2 people. One shoe they all pay (employee discount or regular), one show they sometimes paid and towards the end probably were just receiving for free……this was such a dumb comparison.

Aimee on

Totally flawed analysis. If the question had been “who spent more money on coffee” then this break down would work. The cups of coffee at Luke’s were bottomless and they drank waaaay more than 2 cups an episode. Gilmores take all in this competition as far as I’m concerned.

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