Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale holds the world record for the largest collection of short-black coffee cups.
Many people say they love coffee, but very few can turn a caffeine addiction into a world record.
Councillor Pisasale has, and the consequences have lasted longer than a caffeine high.
He has held a place in the Guinness Book of World Records since 2008, for the world's biggest collection of short-black coffee cup - or demitasse - sets.
"I started collecting short-black coffee cups and I thought, 'there can't be many'," Cr Pisasale said.
"But you'd be amazed when you put your mind to collecting something you see them everywhere."
Cr Pisasale began collecting the small coffee cups in 1993.
He credits his late mother, Maria Pisasale, for starting the collection by giving him his first cup.
"It always brings a tear to my eye when I pick up Mum's cup and I have a cup of coffee out of it," he said.
"Having an espresso in the morning, I think it's a Sicilian way of getting started.
"It's like a fix - I just love it."
But since taking out the world record with an impressive 650 demitasse sets, his collection has taken on a life of its own.
"I've got 1,500 sets now, so I've got 6,500 cups," he said.
"There's no shortage of short-black coffee cups in Ipswich."
People regularly donate more cups and the council has had to install numerous glass display cabinets for the record-breaking collection.
Cr Pisasale said it has been valued at more than $100,000.
"What's happened is this simple collection has become a tourist attraction," he said.
"People are coming from all over Australia to come and have a look, annoying the hell out of my staff.
"We're making many Italian newspapers, we're making magazines, and as it grows people continue to hear about it."
Cr Pisasale says the cups represent many countries, cities and places from around the globe.
"I'll always remember everyone who's given me each and every one of those cups," he said.
"I enjoy it because it's not about me - it's about the city."
The notoriety of the cups has led Cr Pisasale get special sets made, which he donates to charity auctions.
Tina Mitchell is an artist who has photographed Cr Pisasale with his cup collection.
"It shows a gentle side to him - there's a lot of nuances to his personality," she said.
"I've suddenly seen another side to Paul that's just wonderful - he's not your average Mayor."
But not everyone is as impressed.
He says his children would rather he had other record-breaking abilities.
"They say 'Dad, if you're going to break the world record we want it to be for running, swimming or something that we can tell our friends, not short-black coffee cups'," he said.
The previous world record was held by Michael Millerick in the USA, who has 220 demitasse cup sets on display in Reno in Nevada.
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