Today in the annals of First-World feats: America has a new priciest-ever Starbucks drink. The customer behind the beverage, identified as Andrew, used his loyalty card to get a free Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino, a concoction made with 60 shots of espresso that happens to be worth $54.75. Consumerist calls it a new record; Andrew calls it "delicious." And that, he tells Consumerist via email, was the intention. He says he was aiming to beat the record set last year: a $47.30 frap with a mere 40 shots and a long list of additives (from mocha drizzle to caramel brulee topping to strawberries) that raised the price while seriously lowering the taste.
How Andrew managed the feat: He says he got the baristas at the unidentified Starbucks to agree to help him break the record, and he brought a mammoth glass to help him in that quest, a 128-ouncer. Seattle Weekly talked to a Starbucks rep who was unaware of the feat but points out that pictures from Andrew’s Twitter feed reveal his location as Dallas. "This type of beverage order is totally excessive and not something we encourage people to do," she says. "Nor is it safe." To wit, Consumerist estimates that Andrew’s drink contained 4.5 grams of caffeine, and points to a 2012 Popular Science article that suggested 10 grams of caffeine could kill an adult. Andrew says he drank about a third of his drink on site before taking the rest with him.