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Panama co. says brews world's biggest cup of coffee

Workers stir 750 gallons (2,839 litres) of coffee in a 2.75 m (9 feet) tall and 1.50 m (5 feet) wide cup built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a Panamanian coffee company in Panama City April 1, 2007. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama’s top coffee producer said it believes it has set a new record for the world’s biggest cup of coffee, after brewing 750 gallons (2,840 litres) in a giant mug on Sunday.

Producer Cafe Duran used 300 pounds (136 kgs) of arabica coffee to brew a cup measuring 3 yards by 1.6 yards over four hours.

“We are really thrilled with this, Panama has done it!” Ricardo Duran, director-owner of the company, said to loud applause, fireworks and live tropical music.

The company will submit its record-breaking attempt to officials at Guinness World Records this month. The previous Guinness record was held by the United States for brewing 660 gallons (2,500 liters) in New York in 1994.

The initiative aims to draw attention to Panama’s small but growing gourmet, estate-grown coffee industry, organisers said.

“And the coffee’s actually damn tasty,” said Irma Castillo, a Panama City resident sipping the hot drink as it was given away after the record attempt.