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Egypt breaks world record by making Tutankhamun death mask with 7,260 cups of coffee

A total of 65 kilograms of coffee, 1,000 litres of milk and 12 hours of preparation went into the creation of the Boy King's mask

The Guinness World Record for the largest coffee cup mosaic has been broken in Egypt, according to news agency EPA. The cups were arranged to depict the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's death mask at the Grand Egyptian Museum (Gem) in Giza, with the likeness measuring 60 square metres.

The newly opened museum is located in the outskirts of the Egypt's capital Cairo. A total of 7,260 paper cups of coffee were poured and placed to create the the representation of the Boy King's mask.

The mosaic was meant as a "symbol of love and greeting" according to an Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiques statement.

The ministry also revealed that a group of more than 30 stewards prepared the coffee with varying amounts of milk, to create pixel-like shades. In total, the mosaic used 65 kilograms of coffee, 1,000 litres of milk, and took 12 hours to prepare.

It was also revealed that the coffee was distributed to be drunk when the record was broken.

epa08092556 Helpers arrange cups with black coffee and milk coffee to create a mosaic depicting the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's death mask outside the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), in Giza, Greater Cairo, Egypt, 28 December 2019. Media reports state that Guinness World Records organized the event to celebrate Egypt for 'breaking the world record with a picture of King Tutankhamun's mask' by using a total of 7,260 cups of coffee. The mosaic was meant as a 'symbol of love and greeting' according to an Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiques statement. The museum is scheduled to present its full Tutankhamun collection by the end of 2020. EPA/MOHAMED HOSSAM
Helpers arrange cups with black coffee and milk coffee to create a mosaic depicting the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's death mask. EPA

Previously, the coffee mosaic record belonged to DFS Hawaii, a mall in Honolulu, which created a portrait of Elvis Presley out of 5,642 cups of coffee in 10 different shades in 2012, according to Guinness World Record News. Before that, a recreation of the Mona Lisa was been made with 3,604 cups of coffee in 2009 in Sydney, Australia.

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Updated: December 29, 2019 03:52 PM

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