The frappuccino containing 60 shots of espresso and topped
with whipped cream. REUTERS/Andrew Chifari
It took a Texas man five days to polish off what has been
hailed as one of the most expensive drinks produced at
Starbucks, a several-thousand calorie frozen concoction that
included 60 shots of espresso and was topped with whipped
"It was delicious, very strong, very sweet," Andrew Chifari
"After the first day, the ice crystals had melted and it was
just good strong iced coffee."
Chifari, 27, entered a Dallas Starbucks on May 24 with a
128-ounce glass and asked baristas to create the most
expensive frappuccino that would fit in his container, but
still taste good.
The drink cost $54.75, but Chifari walked away without paying
a cent after racking up enough points under a loyalty plan
for a free drink of his choice.
Starbucks does not want others to follow suit.
"This particular customisation was certainly excessive. It's
something that we don't encourage," said spokeswoman Maggie
Starbucks did not say whether it would revise its free-drink
policies in response to Chifari's order.
The coffee monstrosity is now recognised as the current
record holder of the most expensive Starbucks drink by
Caffeine Informer, an Internet site that keeps track of the
Caffeine Informer estimates the drink had 4500 mg of
caffeine, more than 10 times above what the US Food and Drug
Administration considers to be a maximum safe amount for a
healthy person to drink on a daily basis.
Chifari consumed a third of the drink on the first day and
polished off the rest in small intervals. The final caffeine
surge on Wednesday caused him to have erratic sleep and vivid
"It was worth it. Overall, considering how much caffeine I
consumed, I would have expected the sleep issue to be a lot
worse than it was," he said.