Feeling sluggish? Maybe you should head over to your nearest Starbuck's and order a Quadriginoctuple Frap. With 48 shots of espresso, it will supply you with a heart-stopping amount of caffeine - and also has the alleged honor of being the most expensive Starbucks drink in the world.
According to the New York Daily News, the distinction is handed to Beau Chevassus, who ordered the $47.30 beverage. He told the outlet that he conducted a lot of research on the drink. He explained that he was dumbfounded for a while, because he could not find any combinations above the price of $23.
That is not altogether surprising considering that, according to the Los Angeles Times, the previous record-holder ordered a drink that totaled about $23. The drink, which cost $23.60, was placed in a Trenta cup and held 16 shots of espresso, a shot of soy milk, vanilla beans, caramel flavoring, banana puree, strawberry puree, matcha powder, protein powder and some caramel and mocha. That order was completed last year by Logan McCall from Geek on Call.
Chevassus edged out McCall with the help of a 52-ounce mug, which actually amounted to 10 cents off the purchase. He brought donuts for the Starbucks employees in an effort to placate them before stunning them with his concoction. In total, as UPI reports, he ordered a venti drink with 40 shots of espresso blended with a mocha frappucino and a multitude of add-ons: two bananas, strawberries, matcha powder, protein powder, frappucino chips, vanilla bean, crème brulée topping, topped with whipped cream, a soy mocha drizzle and a caramel drizzle. The barista added eight shots for good measure.
Of course, Chevassus did not drink the beverage all in one day, which is for the best considering that, at up to 150 milligrams of caffeine in a single shot, 48 shots well exceeds the 500 milligrams of coffee that is considered a heavy amount by the Mayo Clinic. He said that, over the course of several days, he completed about half. He reported that the beverage was so sweet that it hurt his teeth.
Because it was his birthday, Chevassus received the drink for free - but he acknowledges that it is technically the most expensive Starbucks beverage. Unfortunately, the Seattle-based coffee chain did not confirm Chevassus's claim to the press.
At the very least, the story can make you feel better when you ask the barista to replace dairy milk with soy.
The video that Chevassus created about the experience can be found here.