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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Loref... Lorefield

Whitebreads, really. What horrible fate could that Starbucks employee have suffered because of her drink order? So it was annoying. It was not particularly mentally or physically straining. Big deal. I DO agree to tip big though since it took a bit longer to make than normal.

As for the story- It sounds repulsive! I don't care much for Starbucks but I do like the coconut frap. I know it has about a million calories though, so I rarely get it. I prefer the taste of Espresso Royale 100 times over SB's!

Zangr... Zangrilli

I love Starbucks - no coffee compares.  People here in NJ get Dunkin' Donuts, I just don't get it - tastes like watered-down garbage.

Bmat Bmat

16 shots of espresso!!!  I'd be jittering all the rest of the day away.  I guess the most expensive coffee drink I've ordered wasn't from Starbucks-  Irish coffee. heh!

mjima... mjimaging

At Starbucks? The largest hot chocolate lol.

coppe... copperswifey

I used to love to get my caramel frappuccino from Starbucks. That was the most expensive coffee drink I ever got and I loved it. YUMMY! :)

Jeric... Jerichos_Mommy

You know usually I don't comment on how others spend their money.  It's your money if you want to throw it away have at.  But this blog just really irritated me earlier this week I was catching up on DVR'd Dr Phil's.  In one episode he was talking about teaming up with feeding america to raise 10,000,000.  According to the director (I think) 1 in 6 Americans does not know where there next meal is coming from.  Feeding America serves 14million children.  That is the populations of the states of Utah, Kansas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Mississippi plus the territories of Guam, The US Virgin Islands, Northern Marina Island, and nearly all of American Samoa. 

According to Feedding America for every $1 donated they can provide 8 meals,  So that $22.00 you wasted could have fed 176 people.  Below is the clip from the show talking about it.


allie... alliesmom112

I love my Starbucks white chocolate mocha but I only get it once in awhile.

Felip... FelipesMom

Sorry, but if you can add so many shots of espresso that it doesn't fit in one cup anymore, and still say you ordered the most expensive drink, then why can't you order it with 100 shots? Or 1,000,000? Or infinite? Without a rule about how many times you can add the same thing, there is literally no way to create THE most expensive drink. All someone else has to do is add one more shot of espresso, and boom - your drink is now the SECOND most expensive.

...and yes I am a dork, and proud!!

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