Muslim girl breaks world record for most expensive Starbucks drink
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 — Identifying herself only as Sameera, a young Muslim girl from Pembroke Pines, Fl is the latest to break the world record for most expensive Starbucks drink. Posting her account on Consumerist, Sameera revealed that her original bill came out to $60.58. When she applied a rewards card, the amount decreased to $57.75.
The drink itself was a Vente Caramel Crunch Frappuccino, with 60 shots of espresso, white mocha, hazelnut, Tazo chai, soy, cream, mocha drizzle, matcha powder, vanilla bean, vanilla drizzle, and hazelnut drizzle.
According to CaffeineInformer, “Her Starbucks concoction … contained a heart stopping 4,630mg of caffeine.” The beverage was delivered to Sameera in a green jug, which she apparently supplied for the stunt.
The Caffeine Informer maintains records of the most expensive drinks, but warns “Disclaimer: These drinks have dangerous amounts of caffeine, so we in no way endorse this competition.” The website contains a lethal dosage calculator for those who are curious. The calculator advises that 114 bottles of Starbucks Bottled Frappucino would contain a lethal dosage of caffeine for a person weighing 150 pounds, although it is not clear how to compare this calculation to Sameera’s order.
According to the Consumerist, Sameera obtained permission from the Starbucks location when planning the record breaking order, “She obtained permission from the store where her attempt would take place, and even made sure to alert media outlets ahead of time. She even brought the proper equipment and a support team.”
Sporting the Islamic hijab, Sameera has posted photos of herself posing with the concoction and the receipt. The calendar date on the receipt reads July 12, 2014 – indicating that the record breaking event took place in the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan.
During the month of Ramadhan, Muslims are required to avoid any food or drink (including water and medicine), from dawn until sunset. At sunset, Muslims may make conclude their fast with a meal called Iftar, and eat and drink as normal. With more than a month dedicated to restricting food, Ramadhan is intended to be a time of spiritual and social advancement, as discussed in BBC’s Why Ramadan brings us closer together. According to the timestamp, Sameera followed the Islamic requirements of restricting food and drink until after sunset.
For its part, Starbucks responded with a slap on the wrist, discouraging the record itself. They said the following to Consumerist:
“With over 170,000 ways to customize beverages at Starbucks, we know that personalization is a big part of the Starbucks Experience for both our customers and our partners (employees), 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 or beverage products from us and, we don’t believe that this particular beverage choice was reflective of that.
“Per our existing policy, beverages larger than Trenta size (31 oz.) cannot be made or served. This includes personal cups that exceed 31 oz (or a Trenta-sized cup). For blended beverages and espresso drinks, those cannot be made or served in sizes larger than a Venti (24 oz cold cup/20 oz hot cup).