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    The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Ever: $23.60 Plus Tip

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    One man. One coupon. Two baristas and 31 ounces of imagination. Thats what it took to create the most expensive Starbucks drink ever made.

    Logan Warren, a 22-year-old tech entrepreneur and student, cant afford to drink at the coffee chain daily. "At the rate I consume coffee, Id be a pauper in a month," the Texas-based college student tells Shine.

    So when he landed a coupon for a free drink, of any size with any additional add-ons, for his birthday (a company gift if you sign up for their rewards program), he took it as a personal challenge. Whats the biggest, priciest Starbucks drink money can buy?

    It all starts with a Trenta, the super-sized coffee cup introduced by the company last May.

    When Starbucks announced the 31-ounce option, the reaction was largely dismay. Consumerists bloggers discovered it was larger in size than the average human stomach. Esquire writer Todd Carmichael said the concept alone made him "shudder." But almost a year later, caffeine addicts are still forking over at least $3.45 for an iced coffee the size of a big gulp.

    Thats without the add-ons. Warren spent a half hour with a couple of "surprisingly cheerful" baristas devising the equation for the most expensive powders, syrups and shots to fill an entire Trenta cup.

    Heres how his one drink bill broke down: one Java Chip Frappucino ($4.75), plus 16 shots of espresso($12), a shot of soy milk(.60), a drop of caramel flavoring(.50), a scoop of banana puree($1), another scoop of strawberry puree(.60), a few vanilla beans(.50), a dash of Matcha powder(.75), some protein powder(.50) and a caramel and mocha drizzle to cap it off(.60).

    Altogether, Warrens Franken-Frap cost $23.60, making it the most expensive Starbucks concoction money (or coupons) can buy. Thats not counting the well-deserved tip for his barista co-conspirators.

    But how did it taste? "Tolerable," according to Warren, "but not good. Imagine a coffee-based health food smoothie that will put you in the hospital if you drink it all."

    Warren definitely didnt drink it all. With 1,400 mg of caffeine and a seemingly incalculable amount of sugar, its literally a recipe for disaster.

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    Re: The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Ever: $23.60 Plus Tip

    Kinda like Kopi Luwak, People pay a lot of money for what is essentially, Crap. ::)

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    Re: The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Ever: $23.60 Plus Tip

    I had a laugh 16 shots!?

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    Re: The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Ever: $23.60 Plus Tip

    ... Well i feel sick.

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    Re: The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Ever: $23.60 Plus Tip

    Quote Originally Posted by 1D362136273F3E3B32570 link=1329450644/0#0 date=1329450644
    Warren definitely didnt drink it all.
    Too bad he didnt have enough sense to drink *NONE* of it. ;D


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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I was about to say doesnt the word starbucks contradict coffee? Then I read further and discovered it was a bucket of syrup confection into which a quantity of coffee flavoured water had been tipped. Coffee, as we know it, was never actually involved. 8-)

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