We Tried the Most Expensive Drink at Starbucks (& Couldn't Finish It)

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starbucks everythingWomankind, we are currently watching the sun set on the Era of Expensive Coffee Drinks. It was a wonderful ride. Starbucks arrived on the crest of the dot-com bubble with its pricey frappacappawuzzles and we all got high on that burnt-coffee-bean buzz. Starbucks didn't die when the economy crashed, but still ... the decadent coffee thrill is gone, isn't it?

But just for old-time's sake, what if we gave the fancy coffee drink a little whirl? Or a really BIG whirl? We were impressed the other day when we saw a guy named Logan Warren try to order the most expensive drink you can possibly get at Starbucks. It looks kind of gross, frankly -- and yet, we were strangely intrigued. What exactly does that taste like? And what happens when you order it? We had to find out!

Well that was interesting. When I gave my order, the guy at the counter looked really worried. "Um, this isn't going to taste very good ..." "That's okay!" I grinned maniacally. "It doesn't have to! I'm just trying to order the most expensive thing I can here!" This turned out to be a Venti Java Chip Frappuccino with 16 shots of espresso, caramel sauce, soy milk, matcha powder, vanilla bean, and strawberry syrup for a grand total of $22.32. I did not have a free drink coupon. 

Anyway, here's what I learned:

  1. There is no cup large enough at Starbucks for this drink. Sixteen shots kind of adds up, you know? That's why you see two cups here.
  2. The shots aren't going to fit in the mixer, so they have to pour those on top, over your frappawhatever.
  3. In my neighborhood, anyway, the Frappuccino doesn't come in a Trenta, just a Venti. Only the iced tea and iced coffee comes in Trenta.
  4. It's not strawberry and banana puree. It's a strawberry syrup. And they'll throw in a banana into the mix if you ask, but somehow I missed that.
  5. This drink takes about 10 minutes to make. And after, if you notice that there's no whipped cream like you asked for, maybe you should just smile and leave without saying anything. Why?
  6. Because this is not a great way to make friends at Starbucks. Turns out the barista had read that blog post about Logan Warren -- and it took me a full half hour to scrape off the thick layer of contempt he laid on me for attempting to order this drink.
  7. In this case, I strongly encourage tipping. Like, more than usual.
  8. Here's the weirdest thing of all -- it actually didn't taste as bad as I thought it would! Kind of bitter, gritty, berry, sweet, lukewarm ... actually, you know what? Don't order this. And no, of course I didn't finish it. 

What's the most expensive coffee drink you've ever ordered?


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Mom2j... Mom2jngnc

I will stick with my Venti Cafe Mocha with the whipped cream.....

Stacey. Stacey.

The most expensive drink at Starbucks is all of them compared to everywhere else. This isnt an actual drink, wouldnt the most expensive drink be ordering one of everything and mixing them together?

leandrat leandrat

why in gods name waist the time,money,effort and time of others doing this , waiting for the drink ,trying it then writting about it wow

momof... momof5kiki

Dumbest article EVER.  Seriously why would you want to order a drink like that?  STUPID.  I think I just lost some brain cells even reading this article.

Levim... Levimama11

anything at starbucks other than plain coffee, has so much sugar and fat in it, you would be better off with a burger and soda from mcdonalds. 

on that note, i agree with everyone, this was such a pointless post. since i took the time to read this and am already filling in a comment, ill have to say 6.50

Venti iced white mocha, add shot, soymilk, caramel sauce. 

looking back i could have gone to 7 11, and made that myself for $2.50

Emily197 Emily197

I dont go to starbucks in my town there is a small coffee joint called perks i go there its way better and cheaper

lamom2aj lamom2aj

I would so much rather Mcdonalds coffee! The Frappesare awesome! and they are about 5 bucks for a large, that is the most i would ever pay for coffee, or any drink in that matter! 

Colts... ColtsFan1912

eh i refuse to buy starbucks. I call them the root of all evil lol. I prefer small locally owned coffeshops.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I do not go to starbucks ... as the name implies............ I can make strawberry banana smoothies at  home fresher , better and cheaper

Jealo... JealousGrrl

That sounds gross...I make my own coffee at home with flavored cream.  Those fancy drinks are a waste of money.  

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