When you spend $83.75 for a grande latte at Starbucks, the barista had better spell your name right.
A Florida resident named William Lewis broke the record for the biggest, most expensive beverage ever ordered at the coffee giant last Wednesday (October 29) with a 101-shot latte that included 99 extra shots of espresso and 17 additional hits of vanilla syrup.
Good thing for Lewis that he’s a member of Starbucks' loyalty program, because his heaping, 160-ounce cup o' joe was on the house.
To mark the occasion, Lewis, a political consultant and talk show host, opted for his own personal mug to hold his record-breaking, 7,500 milligrams of caffeine.
So, why’d he do it?
“It’s an Internet challenge, Lewis told "Today." “I wanted to beat out the record.”
The previous record was held by Sameera Raziuddin, who raised eyebrows with her record $57.75 custom Frappuccino. The Florida native also brought her own coffee cup -- a 1.5 gallon container with a spigot -- for the 60-shot espresso-drink.
Starbucks, of course, wasn’t exactly happy about serving the gigantic latte.
Starbucks spokesperson Linda Mills said the policy for the chain, the majority of whose U.S. stores are company-owned, is that its hot beverages can't be served larger than a 20-ounce Venti size.
“Lewis’ beverage is naturally against our policy,” Starbucks spokesperson Linda Mills said, adding about drinking that much coffee. “We wouldn’t recommend it.”