No, Really, This Is the Most Expensive Drink Ever Ordered at Starbucks — For Now!

07/17/2014 at 01:37 PM ET

Starbucks Most Expensive Drink
Courtesy Sameera Raziuddin/Twitter

Less than two months after a Dallas coffee lover set a record for spending $54.75 on one drink at Starbucks, a Florida medical student topped him with a concoction that cost three dollars more.

Sameera Raziuddin, 23, ordered a custom frappuccino that included 60 shots of espresso, a trio of flavored syrups (caramel, hazelnut, white mocha), soy milk, vanilla bean powder and a few drizzles (mocha, hazelnut, vanilla), ringing up to a grand total of $57.75.

“Just broke the record for most expensive Starbucks drink at 192oz and $57.75 #Starbucks #FreeDrank #GoldCardRewards,” she Tweeted on July 12 with the above photo.

Raziuddin got the idea after Andrew Chifari made headlines with his $54.75 Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino back in May. After getting the okay from the manager of her local Pembroke Pines’ Starbucks, which she uses as her go-to study hall, the student and some baristas created the ginormous beverage.

Since Starbucks’ biggest sip is a modest 31 ounces, Raziuddin brought her own 1.5 gallon container, which even had a handy spigot.

When it came time to cough up the bucks, the crafty coffee creator whipped out a “free drink” coupon — and paid nothing.

Word of her feat eventually filtered down to Starbucks which, according to a statement the company sent to Consumerist, isn’t too pleased with Raziuddin, calling her drink “excessive and something that we do not encourage.”

The statement noted, “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.”

Apparently bring your own drink jug is also a no-no.

“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),” read the statement.

Despite the buzz kill, Raziuddin is enjoying every drop — with friends.

She told the Daily Mail, “As a med student, I know better than to try to consume 60 shots of espresso in one sitting.”

Bottoms up!

—Nancy Mattia

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Katie on

These types of people will ruin the free drink coupon. I don’t know why Starbucks doesn’t put a $10 limit on the drink, but then I guess this give them free publicity. No wonder a frappuchino costs over $5 now.

crystalwilliams81 on

A radio station in Winnipeg Canada went out after this story was announced and beat this with a 77 Shot Americano that came to $65.65 (paid for with cash, not a free drink coupon)
Go to their facebook page: 1031 Virgin Radio Winnipeg and check it out 🙂

Tango on

Looks like diarrhea. No thanks.

Lyd on

Is this even drinkable? It looks disgusting! Chifari in Texas created a drink that he could consume. I don’t think it should qualify as the “most expensive” drink if one can’t drink it!

Ashley on

She should be ashamed since these people lost their jobs for this. Disgusting.

Tracy on

I’m with Tango, it looks like diarrhea.

MomC on

First of all, how does this count as a drink? I could take a five gallon bucket in right now and outspend her with no effort Second of all, I just do not understand why there would be any pride in this “accomplishment”. What is the impetus here?

amycuso on

These people are going to ruin it for the rest of us.

Kat on

A #FreeDrank? She’s in med school?

Heather on

So stupid.

whatever on

that’s just gross, bleh

tony on

And she has the audacity to have her picture published for the world to see? She should be ashamed at deceiving the Starbucks.

lilk on

I agree with the corp statement that this is a waste. And it is ONE free drink not a free gallon jug. She evens says she wont drink it all in 1 sitting, but we all know those drinks dont /cant be saved.

Arent med students supposed to be smart ?

Typical.Just.Typical on

Giving credit where it is due, I understand the following caveats:

1. the student wanted to break the world record
2. she asked permission of the Starbucks store manager for this stunt,
3. she contacted media to be present so she would have her audience for her performance
4. she planned her visit with the store manager so as to create as minimal disruption to normal customers as possible,

Having acknowledged her intentions of this as a media stunt in the steps above, I appreciate that she asked and received permission, having said that – everything else about this disgusts me to the core of my being. This obsessive need humanity is showing to create the next biggest spectacle of ourselves is not impressive, but disgusting. I’m not impressed with her stunt, I’m embarrassed for her that she didn’t have the grace to understand what advantage of a gift system she was taking. I am sure there is yet another sense of entitlement – she “earned” because she was a Starbucks gold card member. I suspect that with her gold card membership (of which I too belong and have one) she believes that Starbucks is a big enough corporation, they can “afford” her measly fifty plus dollar drink in the grand scheme of things. What this misguided young fool has not acknowledged is that her greed for her moment in the media spotlight may very well be the very spotlight that serves to illuminate for Starbucks that they cannot afford to risk more greedy, entitled selfish culturally -spoiled publicity seekers, and therefore take away a benefits program from everyone.

And all because she wanted to be famous and break a world record for cheating Starbucks out of more than the last guy.

Angela on

She discussed it with the manager – who should know the policies. From what I’ve seen, they just ‘re-emphasized’ the policy at corporate, no one lost their jobs from my searches thus far. As for it “looking like diarrhea” – it’s in a blue cup which skews the color tremendously. Is there a picture of it somewhere else where it’s not? Caramel, hazelnut and white mocha? I’d love to try it!

Kate on

This chick makes herself look dumb. Grinning like an idiot posing with her stupid waste of a drink. She should be ashamed of herself for taking advantage and ruining it for other people who actually use the coupon for a free drink and not some made up, disgusting monstosity so that she can make a spectacle of herself.

Eric on

Her drink wasn’t even the 2nd most expensive drink on record. She should’ve done her research.

Meg on

I think its funny they can afford to do this. It could ruin the free drink coupon, but I’m sure they will get even more customers with this publicity… Wahhh Starbucks.

Andrea on

Why is it green?

Taylor on

Looks like a sun tea pitcher to me.

Katie on

So now we are basically referring to thieves as “crafty creators”? Lame

Leah on

Sure she’s thinking – STUPID AMERICANS HAHAHAHA!!!

Ruthie on

So she did discuss it with the store manager – I wonder if she mentioned she planned on screwing them with a coupon.

Jennifer on

No wonder her face looks like biscuit dough.

Jennifer Sisson on

Id be impressed if she drank the whole thing during her visit. “I know better than to try to consume 60 shots of espresso in one sitting” THEN WHY ORDER IT? Your 15 seconds of fame is up. NEXT….

Hellowendy1126 on

Nooo she’s going to ruin it for everyone now!!

Eddie on

I have read the information regarding the latest beverage. However I am here to state that the Starbucks in Save on Foods (Safeway)in Victoria, B.C. has designed a beverage to my liking and many people have seen it and are always surprise what it is made of. I know for a fact that my particular beverage many people have ordered it and by far the best dessert beverage I have had.(I have traveled a lot) and I have found nothing in the beverage department that even comes close to this beverage. I will post a picture of the drink, it is not about the money it is about making everybody happy. The staff who blends this special beverage for me every day are 10 out of 10, they are the most pleasant people I have met and they take it an extra mile to ensure the customers are happy and looked after,they take the extra mile for all the customers who frequent their location.People who come there to eat or drink they are the priority in their books. I would like to thank the staff at the Victoria, B.C., Tillicum Mall, for inventing my drink as it is 100% awesome and definitely a crowd pleasure.

Thank you, Eddie
I will send a picture of my named beverage in the next week postings and then you can judge for yourself what a vision and taste worthy dessert drink that they prepare for me every day.

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