This Guy’s 101-Shot Latte Sets New Record for Most Expensive Starbucks Coffee

11/03/2014 at 11:01 AM ET

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Too bad Starbucks doesn’t make a red holiday cup big enough to fit a 101-shot latte.

A Florida man named William Lewis broke the record Wednesday for the most expensive Starbucks beverage with a grande latte that cost $83.75 and contained 99 extra shots of espresso and 17 pumps of vanilla syrup, mocha and matcha powder.

Lewis, a political consultant and talk show host, brought his own gigantic mug to sip his custom order. By rough calculations, his cup of joe contained about 6,464 milligrams of caffeine.

Since Lewis is a card-carrying Starbucks loyalty program member who was up for his free beverage, the 160-oz. drink was free.

The previous record holder, medical student Sameera Raziuddin, broke the most-expensive-free-drink record in July with her $57.75 custom frappuccino, which included 60 shots of espresso. Raziuddin, who lives in Florida like Lewis, also brought her own vessel: a 1.5 gallon container with its own spigot.

Starbucks doesn’t exactly support the pricy free drink endeavors, Today reports. Lewis’s beverage “is naturally against our policy,” a Starbucks spokesperson said, adding that “we wouldn’t recommend” drinking the gigantic coffee.

—Morgan Gibson

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jenniferelsdonlarson on

This guy is an evil genius. I MUST MEET HIM!

Sacré on

LOL Jennifer! I was thinking the same thing.

Aislynn on

Tools like this are the reason that Starbucks will change this policy…people that can’t take something in the spirit in which it is offered, so they need to push the boundaries and ruin it for everyone.

If they order a drink like that, they should be required to drink it there. That way the rest of us can point and laugh at them as they suffer a heart attack from the caffeine overdose.

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Susie Smith on

Where does it say you can bring some super sized container? How about someone bringing a rain barrel? So the guy order a drink he has no intention of drinking? Way to go starbucks in showing how it’s moron who buy your overpriced coffee!

Courteney on

I thought for some reason that Starbuck’s had outlawed this. This was so incredibly stupid of this guy. You know he won’t drink it. What a horrid waste of time, money and product. This is as bad as the idiot who surfed on the dead whale with sharks swimming all around him!

Sophie on

I am a Barista at Starbucks and this was definitely against the rules. Not too long ago Starbucks changed the policy on how large of a personal cup could be used. This store definitely violated the policy. Hopefully no one will lose their job over this. This is also the reason that the free drink certificates are being discontinued and replaced with a store credit card that is only good for $4 off any item. Greedy people make it hard on everyone else.

foolio on

seriously? way to waste 80$ dude—could have bought like 20 lattes for that! Plus I wold assume consuming that much caffeine in one sitting would kill you.

Pandora on

So stupid

swag on

Hurray for stupid human tricks.

Guest on

That $83.75 coffee probably only cost Starbucks $3.00 to make at most. I’ve worked in restaurants and the #1 and #2 profit making items on the menu are coffee and fountain soft drinks. The take out cups cost more than the contents of a Starbucks drink. All you’re paying for is to have 5 hipsters stand around and purposefully take over 5 minutes to make your drink.

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@Sophie… seriously, I think you’re taking this a little too seriously. He was probably trying to prove a point as too how utterly ridiculous Starbucks prices are. Can’t imagine how people drink the crap that comes out of there… the coffee always tastes burnt, it’s no wonder most people have to fill it with foam, flavour shots, syrups etc.

gmichael52 on

A Floridian. A man. With a latte. So this guy basically is the king of Poofsters.

Anonymous on

he looks so unhappy

EJK on

These stories are ALL bogus when they use the “loyalty program” schtick – Starbucks free drink is only valid up to FIVE US DOLLARS. So at the very most, he only got $5 off that drink..

Apparently any idiot can make an article on… valid journalism has expired, everything is apparently a lie lol

Don on

I love this story! I would be concerned if he made this order every time he got a free drink… But as long as it’s in the spirit of fun I’m all for it!

alex2321 on

Still, not enough caffiene for most.

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a youtube channel broke this a few months ago

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