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This Starbucks giftcard, made of steel, is worth the price of about 90 lattes. (Photo courtesy Starbucks)

For extreme coffee lovers, a $450 Starbucks card

You're standing in a Starbucks store trying to figure out how much to put on a gift card for the boss.

Sometimes $25 isn't enough, and $40, that seems like a lot for someone you don't really like. Hmmmm, what to do. #FirstWorldProblems.

Starbucks is giving customers another option. It's a $450 gift card.

The Starbucks Metal Card is made of steel, not plastic. Each specially etched card is loaded with $400. It costs $50 to make, which Starbucks says explains the $450 price tag.

Starbucks will make only 5,000 of the cards, and you can't buy them at any Starbucks store. They'll only be sold via the luxury goods website, Gilt.com.

The card comes with gold-level Starbucks card membership benefits, such as gifts and freebie refills on brewed coffee and tea.

For the rest of us, Starbucks is also announcing it'll open another 1,500 cafes in the U.S. within the next five years.

By LINDA THOMAS

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Linda is the morning news anchor and features reporter for KIRO Radio. This is her local news blog, with an emphasis on social media, technology, Northwest companies, education, parenting, and anything else that grabs her attention.

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