Muslim girl breaks world record for most expensive Starbucks drink

"Sameera" poses with her record breaking Starbucks drink (Caffeine Informer)

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).

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Rahat Husain
Rahat Husain has been working as a columnist since 2013 when he joined the Communities. With an interest in America and Islam, Rahat is a prolific writer on contemporary and international issues. In addition to writing for the Communities, Rahat Husain is an Attorney based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. He is the Director of Legal and Policy Affairs at UMAA Advocacy. For the past six years, Mr. Husain has worked with Congressmen, Senators, federal agencies, think tanks, NGOs, policy institutes, and academic experts to advocate on behalf of Shia Muslim issues, both political and humanitarian. UMAA hosts one of the largest gatherings of Shia Ithna Asheri Muslims in North America at its annual convention.
  • Sameera Raziuddin

    Assalaam Alaikum Mr. Rahat,

    My name is Sameera Raziuddin, and I was the one who broke the record that you posted about. I just wanted to clarify that (as shown on the receipt) the record was broken at 11:02 PM, and this is past iftaar time. I do practice fasting in Ramadan, alhamdulillah, and drinking coffee after sunset is completely allowed.

    Thanks for the post though.

    • OW

      Congratulations on your record! I’m glad you’re getting some press for it, even if it is from a “news website” bent on portraying you in a poor light. 🙂

      • jkubin

        I don’t think Sameera is being portrayed in a poor light. When I first read the story as submitted, I thought I would take out that the girl is a Muslim, it is apparent by her hijab, however as an owner of this news site I truly appreciated that this article, by Rahat, was great because too many people don’t see that Muslims, like Jews, Christians, Baptists, Atheists and others, do everyday things. Even wacky things.

        That is what I took from the article. I took the “lesson” on Ramadan as just that… another opportunity to explain something about the religion and practices.

        There are those that see evil in the crotch of a tree. I saw this as a positive reflection on a very normal and lovely young lady who has earned her place in the record books.

        Though I do hope she shared that vat of coffee…

        • Sameera Raziuddin

          Thank-you so much for this sweet comment. I also see this article as a way of showing a world that even Muslim women (whom many think are oppressed) do the same things as anyone else in the world.

          And yes, I have been, and will continue to share the drink with my friends. As a medical student, I would never even consider drinking 60 shots of espresso by myself.

          • jkubin

            Good luck on your studies Sameera. And thank you for responding. That you might feel hurt or disrespected worried me. Please, do read Communities and Rahat’s column. And if you would ever like to write something, as though you have time!, you can contact me at [email protected]

    • rahatshusain

      Thanks for the update Sameera, I’ve made a clarification in the article!

    • S N Smith

      As the article stated, “According to the timestamp, Sameera followed the Islamic requirements of restricting food and drink until after sunset.”

  • OW

    So the fact that the receipt also says 11:02 PM, which is obviously after sunset, doesn’t negate the already incredibly thin point you’re trying to put forward? Actually hold on – there is no point to this article other than to try to smear Muslims in a country that has religious freedom in its founding documents. Carry on.

    • rahatshusain

      In what way is this article smearing Sameera or any other Muslims? I’m the author and that was not my intent.

      • OW

        Fairly basic reasons: why does it matter that Sameera is Muslim? What does it have to do with the fact that she broke the record? Why do you use negative language throughout the piece that makes it seem like what she did was a bad thing, such as “slap on the wrist”, while focusing on the fact that this was during the month of Ramadan, when food and drink are restricted? I applaud you for correcting the article to state that this was after sunset, but originally the only point I took from this article was this: Sameera is a Muslim and she broke the rules of Ramadan by ordering a huge beverage. An unbiased editor would catch these tropes. This is a ridiculous premise for an article to begin with, and it very simply adds unnecessary fuel to the fire that is a section of this country’s unfounded hatred for people and religions unlike them. If this was not your intent, I apologize, but it’s a really tone-deaf article on a basic level.

        • jkubin

          Please see my comment below. And Sameera’s response. And stop drinking coffee. Caffeine can have a negative effect. I am an unbiased editor. One of the first non-Muslim pubs to feature and embrace multiple Muslim voices. You are just choosing to read this negatively.

          • OW

            Thanks for telling me how I’m choosing to read it, I appreciate that. Unfortunately, having one subject of an article about Muslims give you her approval doesn’t give you a blanket free pass to write a piece with this slant and then deny the very tone you’re going for (for the website as a whole, I might add). The main thing underlining this point is how much this article has changed since it was first published this afternoon. If you really are unbiased, do your job the first time and be a real editor of your content. We wouldn’t be having this discussion if you had.

          • jkubin

            We will choose to disagree. I have many writers on the site that are Muslim. The writer of the piece is a Muslim. You can interpret it anyway you want. The article, other than a correction the writer, Mr. Husain, made (and noted), has not changed. I appreciate your comments.

        • rahatshusain

          I don’t think you are right. Firstly, this is a column literally called The World Of Islam. Here, I write about Muslims, Islam, and the world we live in (I am a Muslim).

          This was an interesting story. A Muslim broke a world record, and did so while wearing the hijab, which essentially serves as a flag representing Islam.

          I did not accuse her of breaking her fast, I merely used the date as an interesting segue into an explanation of Ramadan. You interjected your own biased conclusion, however I never said or implied otherwise.

          Finally, Starbucks is an essential part of this story. Their response was presented neutrally, but I cannot twist the facts to subvert their actual response.

          If you are attempting to defend Muslims, please note that we do not wish to be defended through the use of insults and rude demeanor. Read the other articles in this column and reexamine your prejudices.

          • OW

            A sampling of the article titles from this website related to Islam:

            “After 1,400 years, Sunni and Shia are still Fighting: In Texas we say Let’em fight!”

            “Gitmo Taliban terrorists are a symptom, Islam is the disease”

            “Islam is a threat to the West”

            And I’m the prejudiced one? Rahat, you have some soul searching to do, my friend. You might start by asking yourself why on earth you’re writing for this website.

          • jkubin

            We feel that the only way to combat one view point is to allow the other.

            You can Cherry Pick articles but cherry pick all of them = read



            Each of these writers is Muslim. Dr. Abdhallah is a personal friend of mine whom I have visited in Egypt and who has visited and stayed with me here in the US.

            We also have liberal and conservative writers. Libretarian and Tea Party.
            We have pro-open borders and immigration writers, and others who are very much against it.

            We had a radio show the other night that gave equal voice to a pro Israel guest and and pro Palestine guest.

            And yes we have writers that are very much against radical Islam.

            And they do not always agree. And they often take different sides of a story. And we do not say one is wrong, or the other right. That is not our purpose. We attempt to show the “whole story” and to not have an editorial bias.

            I think this is a whole lot of argument for a story that was not intended to discredit or insult the young woman. And she is not insutled or upset. And I don’t think she needs you to be upset for her. Peace?