A Dallas Man Ordered The Most Expensive Drink In Starbucks History. Shocking, We Know.
Just when we thought one of the most extended, widespread and nationally publicized stretches of appalling behavior in recent North Texas memory had come and gone, Dallas paralegal Andrew Chifari went and kept our region's embarrassing run alive this week with a single order of coffee.
Earlier this week, Chifari walked into the Uptown Starbucks location at 3699 McKinney Avenue, whipped out a 128-ounce
vase glass he'd brought from home, and proceeded to order the most expensive drink the franchise's history.
Dubbed the “Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino,” the $54.75 monstrosity contained 60 shots of espresso along with various other syrups and extras.
Here's the thing: Because Starbucks gives loyalty customers a free drink of their choice after paying for 12 of them the traditional route, Chifari didn't even pay for the record-setting beast he made the Starbucks staff craft for him. So here's hoping he at least left a sizable tip for putting the baristas through that beating.
Fortunately, Chifari's effort wasn't completely wasteful. He claims that he drank roughly 30 percent of the drink the first day and the rest over the next four days.
Anyway. The store where Chifari placed his absurd order declined to comment on this possible abuse of power, and our calls made to Starbucks' media hotline to ask whether the chain will begin disallowing outside cups to be used on future free drink orders have yet to be returned.
Meaning? You've probably got a little time left to find your own mammoth vessel if you plan on making a record-breaking attempt of your own. Turns out, there's plenty of room to improve on Chifari's concoction, too: According to Popular Science, Chifari's drink only constitutes roughly 45 percent of what they call “a lethal dose” of caffeine.
So let's all stop being impressed, OK?
Update at 1:04p.m.: A representative from Starbucks' corporate headquarters told us via phone just now that, while Chifari's drink did in fact fall within the bounds of the company's rewards program, the company doesn't necessarily encourage this type of behavior.
Says the company: “We do allow customers to customize their drinks however they wish, however this particular customization was excessive and something that we do not encourage. We want to ensure our customers receive the highest quality and most delicious-tasting food and beverage products from us and we don't believe that this particular beverage choice was reflective of that.”
Still, the company maintained to us that there are no immediate plans to change its policy on bringing in outside vessels in when redeeming one's free drinks.
So feel free to use that info as you best see fit.