How To Avoid Spilling Your Coffee, According To Science


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Seriously, what is it with coffee? You’ve barely taken your first sip, and down it pours onto your new white top.

And that isn’t just you, it turns out - loads of people have this problem for one particular reason: We’re holding our coffee cups wrong.

Author Jiwon Han told Food & Wine that our constant spillages are because of the way we hold our mugs or takeaway cups.

His new study, A Study on The Coffee Spilling Phenomena in the Low Impulse Regime, opens with an explanation of the common issue:


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“Rarely do we manage to carry coffee around without spilling it once.

“In fact, due to the very commonness of the phenomenon, we tend to dismiss questioning it beyond simply exclaiming: “Jenkins! You have too much coffee in your cup!”

Apparently, the way to reduce this risk is to hold your cup differently. One way is to use the “claw method” - gripping it at the top - in order to shrink “the magnitude of acceleration” (reducing the amount it swings around).

The weirder solution is to walk backwards while transporting your coffee.


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Han explains:

“Since we are not accustomed to backwards walking, our motion in the walking direction becomes irregular, and our body starts to heavily rely on sideways swinging motion [sic] in order to keep balance.”

Well, there you go - hopefully we’ll soon see everyone walking out of Starbucks backwards.

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