A Florida woman seems to have broken the record for ordering the most expensive Starbucks free drink ever made. Sameera Raziuddin, a Muslim girl who stays in Pembroke Pines, Florida ordered the oversized, record-breaking Vente Caramel Crunch Frappuccino.
It contained an astounding 60 shots of espresso along with white mocha, hazelnut, Tazo chai, soy, cream, mocha drizzle, matcha powder, vanilla bean, vanilla drizzle, and hazelnut drizzle, reports Commdiginews. Sameera’s most expensive Starbucks concoction initially cost a mind-boggling $60.58 at the register –easily making it the most expensive drink made by Starbucks ever. The amount came down to a slightly saner $57.75 when she applied a loyalty card. She didn’t have to pay the “discounted” rate of $57.75 either because she was a member of the Starbucks reward program and got it for free. Here is the receipt.
The most expensive (free) Starbucks drink ever was ordered at the Pembroke Pines Starbucks at around 11:02 P.M. on July 12, 2014. Sameera chose to order the drink at the time of store closing because she didn’t want her order to affect orders of other customers at the store. She had also informed the Starbucks store in advance about her plan to order this drink so they could be prepared for the mega order. If that wasn’t all, Sameera had a team ready to help her document the order with proper equipment. The local media too were called in to witness the spectacle.
All said, there is still debate whether Sameera’s drink is actually he most expensive ever. Caffeine Informer, a website that documents records of this nature has put Sameera’s order at number two thanks to another order by a person identified as Steven, which is worth $59.75. That said, Sameera’s $60.58 displayed at the counter still beats Steven’s record.
Meanwhile Starbucks doesn’t seem to be too happy at this emerging trend of making the most expensive drinks. In an official statement issued by them to The Cosumerist, they say;
“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.”
Starbucks went on to say that their policies do not allow beverages larger than Trenta size (31 oz.) to be made. The policy for blended beverages and espresso drinks states that they cannot exceed in sizes larger than a Venti (24 oz cold cup/20 oz hot cup).
Sameera’s most expensive Starbucks drink also contained an eye popping 4,630 mg of caffeine which is an unusually high dose.
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