A Florida woman experienced the ultimate Starbucks buzz after ordering the most-expensive drink ever made at the coffee chain.
Featuring 60 espresso shots, white mocha, hazelnut and caramel syrups with soy milk, Sameera Raziuddin’s 192-ounce frappuccino cost a total of $60.58, reports the Daily Mail. Raziuddin’s drink topped the previous record of $54.75, set in May by Andrew Chifari of Dallas, Texas. Chifari's frappuccino also included 60 shots of espresso.
Lucky for Raziuddin, a 23-year-old medical student, she didn't have to spend any money on the drink during her July 12 visit to Starbucks. After using her Starbuck’s loyalty card, the beverage's initial price was knocked down a few dollars to $57.75. She then added a free drink coupon that whittled the cost of the drink down to $0.
She also tweeted the photo below as soon as she completed her caffeine-filled feat at the Starbucks located in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
â€” Sameera [Raz] (@MeeraTheRaz) July 13, 2014
The drink was put in Raziuddin’s own container she brought to the store since it was considerably larger than Starbuck’s biggest cup size, the 31-ounce Trenta cup.
Starbucks has spoken out about customer’s purchasing such expensive beverages. In a statement to Consumerist, they said that the drinks are actually against store policies and probably don’t taste that great.
Starbucks offered the following statement on the new record:
With over 170,000 ways to customize beverages at Starbucks, we know that personalization is a big part of the Starbucks Experience for both our customers and our partners (employees), however this particular customization was excessive and something that we do not encourage. We want to ensure our customers receive the highest quality and most delicious tasting food or beverage products from us and, we don’t believe that this particular beverage choice was reflective of that.
Per our existing policy, beverages larger than Trenta size (31 oz.) cannot be made or served. This includes personal cups that exceed 31 oz (or a Trenta-sized cup). For blended beverages and espresso drinks, those cannot be made or served in sizes larger than a Venti (24 oz cold cup/20 oz hot cup).
Starbucks spoke out when Chifari’s set his record in May. "This particular customization was certainly excessive. It's something that we don't encourage," said spokeswoman Maggie Jantzen after news broke of Chifari's record-setting drink.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, Raziuddin said she has enlisted the help of friends to finish the massive beverage.
“I am still working on the drink and have been sharing it with my friends,” she said. “As a med student, I know better than to try to consume 60 shots of espresso in one sitting.”