In 2013, that YouTube video of a guy ordering a 40-shot espresso went viral. The total cost of the drink was $47.30, because it also included bananas, strawberry, matcha powder, and pumpkin spice. If you think that sounds absolutely disgusting, you are not alone. Andrew knew there must be a way to get an even more expensive but still tolerable drink.
Of course, like the guy before him, Andrew wouldn't actually be paying for the giant beverage. Andrew was a member of Starbuck's loyalty program, which meant he got a free drink for every 12 he bought. Now, most people would go in and just order the most expensive thing on the actual menu, but that wasn't required. Basically, a "drink" was defined as anything the people behind the counter were willing to serve him. In the end, he was going to get himself more than $50 of free coffee.
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"Just to the halfway mark, please. I still want to be able to submerge myself in it."
Andrew put thought into his goal. While other people trying to beat the record messed up by bringing in fishbowls, he brought in a 128-ounce clear glass vase that was still ostensibly a drinking glass. He also made sure to tell the baristas exactly what his plans were and get them excited about it. Soon, everyone was doing the math to figure out how to break the $50 barrier.