Every fall, America looks forward to the return of seasonal drinks at Starbucks. From the salted caramel mocha to the caramel apple spice, there's nothing like indulging in a warm drink on a crisp fall afternoon. However, in recent years, one particular drink has sparked controversy across the internet: the pumpkin spice latte.
At our most recent meeting, the Editorial Board discovered that we, too, share opposing opinions on this popular product. We hashed them out here:
Pumpkin Spice Latte deserves the hype
Starbucks specialty drinks, particularly for the fall season, are the pinnacle of coffee achievement. Here’s why the pumpkin spice latte, endearingly called the “PSL," is the highlight of our autumn.
Ordering the pumpkin spice latte gets straight to the point — the point being a delicious fall beverage with enough caffeine to get you through midterm season. It contains a non-overbearing, yet simultaneously intricate, blend of fall-themed spices. Highlighted by an undercurrent of pumpkin, the PSL avoids tasting artificial — unlike other fall-themed foods, which can't hold a pumpkin vanilla crème Bath & Body Works candle to the beauty of the PSL.
For the non-experienced coffee drinker, the PSL is a great introduction to specialty drinks while simultaneously saving you (and your barista) the headache of reciting a complicated list of syrup pumps. Ordering the PSL allows you to branch out from your typical order without holding up the line.
You’ve probably heard of the PSL before, and we’re here to tell you the drink deserves the hype. In addition to being incredibly tasty and a stress-free order, the PSL is enjoyed by many different people, bringing them together in the most delicious way. Enjoying a PSL comes with an excuse to take a break from a hectic schedule and spend time with friends, or enjoy some self-reflection and contemplation.
The PSL embodies what any good coffee does: rejuvenating your mind and body. However, it takes the mission of coffee further by evoking the serenity and bliss of the fall season. Any autumn is simply incomplete without it.