What is the Most Expensive Starbucks Drink?

We’ve been tracking the most expensive Starbucks drink for many years and now we have 17 to marvel at.

Just when we think the most expensive coffee record has been achieved, someone sends us a new record breaker.

Disclaimer: These drinks have dangerous amounts of caffeine, so we in no way endorse this competition, but we do find it interesting.

Here they are from most expensive to least.

The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Ever Recorded: $148.99

As reported by SouthFloridaReporter.com, our former 5th place record holder, William E. Lewis Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, took another stab at breaking the record with his 173 shot flat white.

He even found a huge coffee cup to make his drink look rather fancy compared to the former contenders who used coolers, vases, and milk jugs.

A Venti Starbucks Flat White has 195 mg of caffeine (3 ristretto shots) and 170 extra ristretto shots would have at least 11,050 mg for a combined 11,245 mg of caffeine in total! That’s over 11 grams folks!

The 2nd Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Ever at $102.15

Elton Castee's Starbucks Drink

YouTuber, Elton Castee, also set out to break the most expensive Starbucks drink ever record. He documented the whole process on YouTube here.

As the baristas were busy making his coffee concoction, he used our Death By Caffeine Calculator to find out how many espresso shots would kill him. I’m glad he did! Elton’s Grande Americano with 104 shots in total, certainly would.

Elton also claimed that he had never tried coffee before this? What? 

Unlike most of the others on this page, Elton actually paid cash for his drink and didn’t use the Starbucks birthday reward loophole.

The 3rd Most Expensive at $102.04

$102 Starbucks drinkThomas set out to break the most expensive Starbucks drink and he sure did. Just like the previous 1st placeholder, Thomas found a “rogue” Starbucks store that was willing to not only make the drink but also put it in his own metal milk can!

Thomas’ White Mocha Frappuccino, complete with 102 extra shots and a hit of protein, clocked in at and an estimated 7,800 mg of caffeine.

The previous winner had more shots and more caffeine, but it looks like the added bananas, protein, and other additions pushed his concoction to the top price-wise.

The 4th Most Expensive at $101.50

Justin came close to breaking the record but was just .55 cents away! However, he claimed a solid second place.

He also found a store willing to make him a drink in his own container, which has been reported as against company policy. Justin said that there was even a small crowd gathered to witness the making of his colossal drink.

His drink clocked in at well over 8,525 mg of caffeine including all of the shots and pumps of Starbuck’s coffee flavoring.

The 5th Most Expensive at $92.55

We thought Starbucks put a stop to these expensive free birthday drink creations, but these two girls found a rogue store in Maryland that honored their request.

Introducing the 120 shot death by Starbucks Americano with a whopping 9,000 mg of caffeine!

Luckily, Kiersten Vorv and Shaine Cohen who created the drink were smart enough to not drink it all at once and live to submit this to us.

The 6th Most Expensive: $86.55

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Renee C. recently visited her local New York City Starbucks and ordered a 100 shot, Caramel Frappuccino with soy, vanilla syrup, and Frapp chips for good measure.

All in all excluding sales tax, the drink clocked in at $86.55 and contained about 7,650 mg of caffeine!

This was Starbucks’ way of telling her happy birthday I guess.

See Starbucks Shocking Caffeine Amounts Here

The 7th Most Expensive at $83.75

starbuckswilllewisWilliam E. Lewis Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida takes the cake here.

His Drink: A Grande Latte, complete with 99 shots of espresso, 17 pumps of vanilla syrup.

According to Eyesonnews – he did share the drink with friends. No one could drink that much anyway.

8th Most Expensive at $71.35

Jarrod knew what he was doing when he entered his West Virginia Starbucks. He was armed with a cooler for goodness sake.

His Drink: A Venti Mocha Cookie Frappuccino with 77 shots of espresso, which is about 6000mg of caffeine including all of the extras.

I just love the fact that this Starbucks actually filled up his cooler with his drink. 

Jarrod’s drink was an astounding  $71.35!


9th Most Expensive

Steven’s almost $60 Starbucks drink is pretty simple.

Water and espresso shots. 84 to be exact, clocking in at 6,300mg of caffeine.

Steven said the drink took over an hour to make and ended up being 3/4 of a gallon!


10th Most Expensive

Sameera recently set out to break the record but came in at a very close second.

Her Starbucks concoction clocked in at $57.75 and contained a heart stopping 4,630mg of caffeine.

This drink was first reported to Consumerist.com who contacted Starbucks about this “competition”. Starbucks responded with the following statement.

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).

I foresee a company-wide memo in the making.


11th Most Expensive Starbucks Drink

Introducing the 69 shot chocolate chai caramel vanilla hazelnut white mocha caramel sauce classic syrup mocha cookie crumble frappuccino!

Another free birthday drink has beaten the previous record set just over a week ago.

Espresso + Chai + Chocolate will put this one at about 5,300mg of caffeine!


Rose Reeves sent this to us and here’s what she said about her creation.

I had a free coffee for my birthday on my card. I could think of no funner thing to do with it but break the record. I love coffee and actually have a very discerning coffee palette. I had worked for Starbucks for some time and was a black apron associate, so I got to where I could tell from what region a coffee was from! This monster coffee’s total before tax was $56.70. I took the leftovers and put them in ice cube trays so that I could blend them to enjoy later!

Note: This drink has been contested because she didn’t fit it into one cup, so they think it shouldn’t count. What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.

12th Most Costly Starbucks Coffee

This guy set out to beat the record but much to his surprise, it had already been beaten.

Although, his 72 shot drink with a little caramel and cookie crumble still clocks in at 3rd place at $55.75 and 5,400mg of caffeine.


He has also documented his adventure here on YouTube.

13th Most Expensive

Starbucks may need to change their free birthday drink policy! This Starbucks drink is crazy.

  • 62 shots of  Starbucks espresso
  • 128 floz cup (his own)
  • A lot of other Starbucks goodness.

This one clocks in at more than 4650mg of caffeine!

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This was submitted to us on May 26, 2014 via Twitter user ACIFH.

14th Most Expensive: The Quadriginoctuple Frap

This guy once blew all the others out of the water with The Quadriginoctuple Frap.  Ok, he cheated a little by bringing his own 52 ounce mug but impressive none-the-least.

His drink had 40 shots clocking in at 3000mg of caffeine!

Total coast: $47.30

Here’s his video….

15th Most Expensive

On July 8 2013, an Caffeine Informer reader Shawn went into a Starbucks and purchased a 52-shot coffee. Ouch!


16th Most Expensive Starbucks Drink

expensive-starbucks-drinkLogan with Geek on Call I.T. Services needed something to help him through his long hours of computer tinkering, so he came up with this drink utilizing Starbucks new Trenta sized cup.

He definitely took advantage of the “free birthday beverage” Starbucks offers! Here’s Logan’s concoction…..

Java Chip Frappuccino in a Trenta cup, 16 shots of espresso, a shot of soy milk, caramel flavoring, banana puree, strawberry puree, vanilla beans, Matcha powder, protein powder, and a drizzle of caramel and mocha.

Total Cost: $23.60 (with tax).

This puppy rocked an impressive 1400mg of caffeine and it looks like he lived to tell about it.

17th Most Expensive

starbucksrecpt.jpgWhat would you do if you were given a voucher redeemable for any Starbucks drink?

This guy concocted the 16th most expensive Starbucks coffee but was originally one of the most expensive back in the day.

Here it is:

13 shot venti soy hazelnut vanilla cinnamon white mocha with extra white mocha and caramel.

Total Cost: $13.76 (with tax).

What the blogger didn’t tote up was the amount of caffeine in this drink. A while back we compiled a very detailed list of Starbucks Caffeine – using recently published information from Starbucks and independent lab tests.

The figure for an espresso shot is 75mg, so 13x75mg = 975mg. A long way from a lethal dose – but enough to cause some serious reactions. That’s equivalent to downing 3 Spike Shooters – which was enough to send some students to the emergency room.

Be careful folks, it isn’t a competition!

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  • Phreel0aderr

    I actually work at Starbucks, mainly for the health insurance. We had someone come in and get 20 shots of espresso with 2 pumps of White mocha. He didn’t drink all of it though. If he did there is a good chance he would have some SERIOUS complications and ended up in the hospital.

  • KarlieMildraed

    I thought my 9 shot Venti Caffe Americano was tough. I am not even close. This, however, puts me to a challenge. I will go and try to get an expensive Starbucks coffee. I think I could do it.

  • Shane

    While working at Starbucks…I have downed 11 shots in one sitting…that was a little crazy…but I did 15 in one day and my eyeball was twitching and I was a little dizzy

  • I used to work at Starbucks. Just like in Indiana Jones where he takes one shot after the other back and forth with the woman, my co-workers and I would down shot after shot of expresso and see who could take the most without surrendering. After around 10-11 each, we were in serious trouble. I think the final winner came in around 14 shots and quickly drank tons of water to get the awful taste out of their mouth, which was the least of their concerns!

  • Aaron

    Actually, one of my co-bloggers took up this challenge, and beat his price. You can read all about it here:


  • Brian

    Once, about 10 years ago I ate around 40 chocolate covered espresso beans over the course of maybe half an hour. I reiterate that I did this ONCE. I don’t remember part of my day, I DO recall being dry-mouthed and physically running throughout a marketing center where I was a manager. My excitement was apparently pretty motivating for my team but I was left with various muscle twitches for a day and an after-work desire to sleep for even longer.

  • Andrew

    I read this 10 minutes after drinking a Quad Venti Almond Soy Latte and all I can say is I feel great 🙂

  • Guess you haven’t heard of my “Extreme Starbucks Shot club.” There talk of an event being added to the X games next year.

  • Ken

    “13 shot venti soy hazelnut vanilla cinnamon white mocha with extra white mocha and caramel.

    Anyone care to come up with an even more expensive Starbucks drink?”

    Too easy: 14 shot venti soy hazelnut vanilla cinnamon white mocha with extra white mocha and caramel.

  • cd

    how can this be the most expensive? wouldn’t a 14 shot be more expensive?

  • GH Waite

    Ya know, you could order the thing decaf. That way it won’t kill you, just strain the kidneys a bit.

  • nunya

    Wow. And I thought old meth addicts just fell of the face of the earth, but apparently they start having Charsucks Coffee espresso shot competitions late in life.

    Ah, the life of a yuppie.

    /goes back to smoking ungodly amounts of medical cannabis.

  • Cameron

    I thought it was the Quadtruple Espressissinoso Super Grande Venti® Light Blueberries And Cream Half-Soy Three Quarter City Roast Nonfat Half-caf Non-Organic Caramel Vanilla Iced Double-Shot Macchiato Herbal Tazo® Chai Black Tea Foamed Shaken Sugar-free Cinnamon Eggnog Dolce de Leche Peppermint Gingerbread Pumpkin Spiced White Chocolate Mocha Latte Thrice Blended Extra Hot With Fourteen Ice Cubes Hold The Whipped Cream, and Two Bottled Waters?

  • kevin

    too bad starbucks roasts the hell out of their espresso, drastically decreasing the amount of caffeine in said drink. basically starbucks=garbage

  • Preston

    Actually, she rang you up wrong. There is no charge for extra of anything, and it should read “extra WHITE mocha”, not “add mocha”. There would be an ‘nc’ after it, indicating the lack of charge thereof. So not only did this Barista not know what she was doing, but your final price should be $13.46.

    p.s. Organic milk costs more.

  • Ashley

    13 shots…phhhh. I work at a starbucks and one of the girls I work with (she’s crazy) has been working there for about 6 years and has become so immune to caffiene that she’ll start her shift with “6 over an inch” (6 shots of espresso over an inch of liquid whip and over her 8 hour shifts which include 3 breaks, she’ll probably get 2 more of those and a coffee and on her way home she’ll grab a quad grande latte. It’s disgusting.

    But most expensive drink? Get a venti frap, add a bunch of shots of espresso and syrups, and get it blended with half soy or something. I’m sure that would add up to quite a bit.

  • Satan

    There used to be a very thick, sweet chocolate drink like hot chocolate that was like 2.50 for 4 ounces. I had them put 4 of those and a few add shots in a frappuccino cup and it was at least $15. And I think it almost killed me.

  • Drea

    ah, satan that would be the chantico. that was some strong chocolate! i wish we still had that….but 16 ounces of it? it was so sweet i could barely even finish a sample size of those that we offered for customers to try.

  • Keriann

    My bad for posting this reply on this blog. I meant to post it on the blog titled: Starbucks, Perfect Shot Gone Wrong, but my eyes are tired and I probably just need more coffee (ha ha).

  • Thomas

    An iced venti espresso with no ice or water and shots to the top (19) would actually be slightly more.

Last Modified: February 27, 2017