As a Gold member of Starbucks’ loyalty program, Andrew Chifari is entitled to one free drink for every 12 that he buys. Turns out, the coffee chain didn’t quite specify what they meant by “free drink.” (Fine print added in 3…2…1…) Chifari’s monstrous morning coffee broke a new record for the most expensive Starbucks beverage ever ordered, beating out this quadringoctuple frap ordered in 2013.
Curious about everything that’s in that cup? Click through for all the gory details.
If he hadn’t been a member of Starbucks’ inner circle, Chifari would have shelled out $54.75 for his drinkable dessert.
Assembled in a large glass—or is it a vase?—Chifari’s creation weighed in at 128 ounces.
The time suck
It’s reported that it took a team of baristas 10 minutes to build this bad boy. Considering we’ve waiting in line that long for an unsweetened iced coffee, that’s not too shabby.
The dietary damage
It’s hard to tell for sure—we’ll never know how many calories are in that mysterious hazelnut drizzle—but after some Googling and number crunching, our (very, very conservative) ballpark estimate is: 993 calories, 29g fat, and 94g sugar. Good thing Chifari downed the drink over the course of five days.
On its own, the venti Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino (if made with whole milk and whipped cream) sets you back 490 calories, 18 g fat, and 73g sugar. Then came all the extras: mocha syrup, white mocha syrup, caramel sauce, protein powder, hazlenut drizzle, and whipped cream.
We have to say, we were expecting this monster to at least break the 1,000-calorie mark and hit triple-digit grams of sugar (and hey, with the hazlenut, it most likely does). But it seems the 5-calorie espresso shots really watered things down.
The caffeine buzz
Based on what we’ve read, a shot of espresso contains 75mg caffeine, so we’re looking at 4,500mg for this colossal coffee drink. That’s not enough to kill a guy (it’d take another 5,500mg to reach the lethal limit), but we doubt Mr. Chifari will be sleeping anytime soon.
Undoing the indulgence
Not that carrying around an 8-pound coffee isn’t exercise, but to burn the number of calories in the Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino, a 175-pounds guy would need to do at least 2 hours and 5 minutes of vigorous strength training or schedule a 1.5-hour run and keep the pace at 6 m.p.h. At least caffeine is the perfect workout primer.