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What do you call a Starbucks drink with 48 shots of espresso? Add to ...

Now here’s a coffee that really needs a warning label.

Drink it too fast and it won’t just burn your tongue – it could stop your heart.

Beau Chevassus celebrated his birthday by going viral online for his Quadriginoctuple Frap, the named being assigned to the 52-ounce Venti coffee he ordered at a Seattle Starbucks. The coffee cost him $47.50 (U.S.) – thought to be doubled the previous record for most expensive drink at the coffee chain. But with 48 shorts of espresso, garnished with every sweet syrup Starbuck has to offer, the true cost of the drink is what it could do if you down it all in one sitting.

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The video prompted the expected health cautions – just in case you were thinking of running out and getting one yourself. As The Atlantic reports, all those espressos amount to about 3.6 grams of caffeine – and just one gram is enough to cause “abnormal heart functioning and cardiac arrest in some cases.” In fact, according to the editor of the Journal of Caffeine Research, Jack James, 10 grams may be enough to turn that caffeine buzz into a terminal buzz kill.

And then there’s all the recent news about energy drinks – and the health concerns they are raising for their most avid consumer group, teenagers – so perhaps hoisting celebratory jugs of killer latte isn’t cause for universal applause. (For adults, the recommended daily dose of caffeine is about 400 mg.)

But reality check people: The Chevassus video is really just silly fun, bolstered by his infectious glee over his creation. His drink, complete with strawberries, mocha drizzle and bananas topped with whipped cream, sounds disgusting. And he paid almost 50 bucks for it. Perhaps, as tax time approaches, that’s the hidden lesson in the video – if we simply must find one. Do the math: Our continental latte obsession doesn’t require a Quadriginoctuple Frap to break the bank – or stop the heart.

 

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