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54 Responses to “"Most expensive" Starbucks order ever”

  1. Dan Hibiki says:

    couple of shots of Stolichnaya?

  2. geoffmartin7777 says:

    Yeah and it still tasted like burned coffee.

  3. Christopher says:

    I would ask if the Moscow Starbucks really does offer caviar as an additive, but I’m afraid I already know the answer.

    Staying in a Moscow hotel I came down to breakfast the first morning and put a heaping spoonful of orange marmalade on my toast. I was not pleased to discover it was really red caviar.

    • blueelm says:

      Actually… that sounds delicious. 

      • Christopher says:

        At another time, or even if I were expecting red caviar, I would have enjoyed it. And later that week I had a multi-course Russian meal that included the same kind of caviar and it was wonderful. That particular morning, though, it was the contrast between what I thought I was getting and what I actually got that made my taste buds say, “Whoa, there, buddy, you tryin’ to kill us or what?” 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Hopefully, that big glass of “water” made the experience tolerable.

  4. Egypt Urnash says:

    Two thoughts come to mind.

    1. WHY.

    2. Talk about conspicuous consumption.

    Really, I’m not trying to be moralizing, but I can think of more interesting ways to blow fifty bucks than on the Starbucks equivalent of going to the 7-11 and filling a few Big Gulps from every faucet on the soda fountain and the Slurpee machine.

    • EH says:

      Because it was there.

      • aperturehead says:

        The nice thing about this guy is he isn’t smug or self-possessed or on any sort of insignificant “mission” -
        I think MORGAN SPURLOCK did this sort of mock-arrogant hidden-camera thing much better about 12 years ago in his “Super Size Me” movie.

        I have a down and out homeless friend living on skid row in LA who could have put even $10 of that cash to better use. What a waste on all levels. The only point this makes is that Starbucks Corp. has $50 bucks more of some chump’s money. How about buying 35 Big Macs and stacking them really high? Or perhaps buying 15 buckets of KFC chicken and setting the buckets on fire?

        • Hanglyman says:

          I don’t think you can make an argument from this perspective very well- there are many, many things each and every one of us buy that don’t make homeless peoples’ lives better, and most of them can easily be written off as unnecessary by someone looking at it critically. It’s not like he bought it and just threw it away- he actually drank the whole thing, a few sips at a time, gradually. I’d say the only crime this particular purchase is guilty of is pretending to be interesting.

        • JohnnyLA says:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC4FnfNKwUo

          Replace the word “car” with “coffee” I imagine..

          “and every day I make them die with my mocha frappachino”

        • marilove says:

          He didn’t pay for the drink. Either it was his birthday, or they used that code so he didn’t actually have to spend $50 on a drink.

          Still, I wonder if you’ve ever spent money on anything frivolous. I certainly hope not. Glass houses and all.

        • EH says:

          I spend $50 on candy every month, $50 once forever doesn’t seem so bad to me in that light.

    • Fancy meeting you here. <3

      It's not food, hun. It's art. It's like asking a certain mutual acquaintance of ours, "Why blow $100 on components for something that's just gonna BLINK?!" Well, because it's interesting to hack a system like this. Have I shown you the video of the two hiphop bloggers trying to hack the McDonald's menu by ordering right at the moment between breakfast and lunch*? It's the same urge to fiddle that drives the lives of most of our friends. :)

      I offer this rule of thumb: if they do it once, it's a hack. If they do it twice, it's a health problem. :)

      (*Apologies to BB folks, can't find the link. Same guys who did the "BO-DE-GA!" sketch. Can anybody help?)

  5. jaypee says:

    AMERICA.

  6. bobcorrigan says:

    “I’d like that TO GO.”

  7. Ian McLoud says:

    Dietary/Calorie information?

    Lethal dose of caffeine?

  8. Tuff Luke says:

    See, my issue with this is that he picked an arbitrary number of shots.  You could conceivably just keep adding shots and bananas and such and the price would continue rising.  I’d be more impressed, or rather impressed at all, if there was some sort of limit to the amount of shots or bananas a person can order.  Realistically putting any limit whatsoever would make the game more interesting.  Like, getting as close to $50 as possible with the least amount of items in the order, or getting the most expensive drink possible in the smallest cup available.

  9. feetleet says:

    ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’ ~ nyc

    Also, I seem to remember there being some kind of cat butt coffee that was about as much moolah as Beau’s behemoth for a single, human sized gulp. And… wouldn’t you know it, Googling ‘cat butt coffee,’ Maggie’s article on ‘Kopi Luwak’ is my first result. Could just be my own browsing charcuterie.

  10. SumAnon says:

    Is that a Free Birthday Drink redemption I see at the bottom?

  11. waetherman says:

    My favorite thing to do; order the longest drink that actually isn’t a drink, like a “tall skinny soy hazelnut con panna”

  12. Dan Century says:

    I love when everyone else leaves the exact comments I would have left, and all I have to do is click a couple of likes.

  13. regnad_kcin says:

    Next you’ll tell me someone’s ordered a burger with “all the fixins”

  14. Kenmrph says:

    That guy was pretty hyper *before* he drank his 48-shot drink.

  15. Starbucks also recently announced a ban on screenwriters at all locations, here’s the press release http://hollywoodandswine.com/starbucks-bans-screenwriters-from-all-19435-locations-worldwide-wga-vows-fight-decision/

  16. oasisob1 says:

    It would be simple to beat his total by ordering the same ‘drink’ without bringing my own cup, thereby raising the total by $.10. Trivial. Or you know, bring the aforementioned 5-gal. bucket and just get 100 shots and 40 bananas. I win!

  17. Petzl says:

    Wouldn’t Japan’s Starbucks be in the running for Most Expensive Coffee, too?

  18. Frank Diekman says:

    Apparently this guy misinterpreted all the times when people called him  “bro” and said his story about ordering the most expensive Starbucks drink ever was “cool”.

  19. hinten says:

    Fascinating documentary of the reason why Ryan lost his job.

  20. Paul Potts says:

    You know, some people don’t have arbitrary amounts of money to waste on things like this. Some people don’t feel that it is OK to waste food, the labor of Starbucks employees, the labor of the coffee growers and harvesters and roasters, the energy to ship it. These people are called “adults.”

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