Well, that’s one way to get the most value for a free-coffee coupon at Starbucks: load it up with as many extras as possible to create a comically expensive cup of joe.
Logan Warren did just that, and blogged about it. Although by the description of his creation, the end result seems less like coffee and more like a caffeine-addled jolt of syrupy fruit puree. It also cost $23.60, which he claims is the costliest Starbucks drink that could possibly be made.
Over a 30-minute period — and with a barista who tried different combinations to create the expensive drink — this is what was concocted (per this blog entry): “one Java Chip Frappuccino in a Trenta cup, 16 shots of espresso, a shot of soy milk, caramel flavoring, banana puree, strawberry puree, vanilla beans, Matcha powder, protein powder and a drizzle of caramel and mocha.” (One quibble: a Starbucks spokesperson cited by the Huffington Post noted that his receipt says he ordered the drink in a Venti cup, not a larger Trenta.)
Just think about that unwieldy beverage combination for a second, which Warren says contains 1,400 mg of caffeine. So, did he end up drinking all of it?
“I surely did finish the drink,” he told NewsFeed via e-mail. “It took three days (because it had enough caffeine to make an elephant dance!), but it was perfectly tolerable.”
Since that day, the story of the allegedly most expensive Starbucks drink has gone viral. Only it happened a year ago.
“Our campus paper ran an article about the drink, and I forgot about the whole thing for nearly a year,” Warren wrote to NewsFeed. “Just a couple days ago, I was attempting to increase my business page’s ranking in Google by posting information across several websites and linking back to my business page. Instead of increasing traffic to my business page, the coffee story (which I posted across a couple websites) caught the attention of a few smaller blogs!”
Now, he says, the story has been reshared from his WordPress blog more than 1,500 times. This raises the question: How many more people will be trying to break the record for “most expensive Starbucks drink” now? We have a feeling that if a few more people try, the coffee chain may rethink its free-drink-on-your-birthday promotion.