According to Science, You'll Never Spill Coffee on Yourself Again If You Do This

Publish Date
Monday, 22 August 2016, 11:34AM
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We NEED coffee in our lives. It's something that keeps us going daily but apparently we've been holding our mugs all wrong.

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Science is finally explaining why we always spill coffee on ourselves.

Author Jiwon Han explains, “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!'”

According to Han’s new research study, A Study on The Coffee Spilling Phenomena in the Low Impulse Regime, we spill our hot–brewed beverage on our favorite shirt or new shoes because of the way we hold our cups. Yep, we've all grown up holding a cup in a certain way and now we're finding out it's wrong.

Han told Food & Wine there are two ways to keep your coffee from running over your favorite cup. The author’s first suggestion is to alter your grip. Instead of holding holding your favorite mug by the handle, carry it by gripping the top.

He calls this “the claw method.”


Using “the claw method” shrinks the “magnitude of acceleration,” according to Han. He says it makes us swing our drink around in a much gentler manner, forcing the hot–brewed beverage to stay put in our mug.

The author's second method is a bit weirder...we're not sure we will do it but we shall see. He suggests walking backwards.


“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 in order to keep balance.”

Like the first method, doing this causes the drink to move gently around the top of the cup rather than splashing around and spilling everywhere. 

If you start walking backwards, we promise we won't judge.