Gus Comstock was a porter/bell hop at the Kaddatz Hotel in Fergus Falls, MN, when he became World’s Coffee Drinking Champion back in 1927. News of his feat was published in the New York Times. People gathered outside the Kaddatz Hotel at 7:00am as “Guzzlin’ Gus” staked a sportsmanlike gaunt around the block before coming to his seat. He had previously held the coffee drinking record but ceded it to a gentleman in Texas who bested in at 62 cups.
Gus’ record, which made the city of Fergus Falls and the state of Minnesota proud, was short-lived, as his Texan rival reclaimed the record within a year. Gus ventured to southern Minnesota in his later days and made several attempts to attain other consumption records (beer and milk most notable).