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Egypt sets record for creating largest mosaic created out of paper coffee cups

7,260 coffee cups made to make mosaic of King Tutankhamun's burial mask

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

The sands of time can bury the past, but it also uncovers treasures when these items are found. In 1922, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Egypt’s boy-king, Tutankhamun. Recently, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities re-created their own homage to King Tut in a truly unique way that set a new world record.

People stand around the world's largest coffee cup mosaic in Egypt, which depicts King Tutankhamun burial mask
iPhoto: VOA

Egypt just set a new Guinness Record for the largest mosaic created out of paper coffee cups, VOA reports.

Coffee was chosen specially for the mosaic because it is a welcoming drink in the country and to build anticipation for the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, slated to open at the end of 2020.

The mosaic of King Tut’s burial mask used 7,260 paper coffee cups, 100 kilograms or roughly 220 pounds of coffee and more than 30 stewards to prepare the cups of coffee using varying amounts of milk to re-create the image. The mosaic measured 60 meters in length and 10 meters in width — almost 33 feet by 33 feet. That’s impressive!

Stewards mixed each up to a shade of brown that worked as a pixel as part of the mosaic creation.

There is serious brewing going on in one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

And don't worry, all of the cups used were made from recyclable paper and were environmentally friendly.

For Guinness to record the event, the coffee had to be distributed for people to drink. I’m sure no one minded being handed coffee.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the new Guinness Record, which beat out the one previously held by Hawaii in 2012, when 5,642 cups of coffee were used to create Elvis Presley’s face.

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