The Pumpkin Spice Latte

Photo by: Michael Allen Smith
Photo by: Michael Allen Smith

The season of the pumpkin spice latte is here. Many are excited to have their fall time beverage back, but others not so much. After making what seems like about a hundred of these drinks at work everyday, I am sick of them by the time it comes to actually trying to enjoy one. Did I mention that I am a barista? Making the PSL is how I pay the bills, so I am thankful that they are so popular, don’t get me wrong. There is no denying the popularity of the PSL. One of the most popular things to do when getting any espresso drink is to snap a picture and post it for all to see, but during the fall season it is the PSL that gets most of the attention.

There are many who claim to hate the drink just because it’s so mainstream. I haven’t met many people who dislike the fall favorite, but they are out there just waiting to wrinkle their noses in disgust whenever they see someone drink or post about their first pumpkin spice latte of the season, and I don’t blame them.

Photo by: hirotomo t
Photo by: hirotomo t

Starbucks recently announced that this year they would be making the drink with real pumpkin. To many this news was exciting, and to others it sounded a bit odd. What were they even putting in there before? It was just a blend of spices along with caramel coloring that were used to flavor the drinks, but now the drinks are being made with real pumpkin puree along with other spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. After that announcement people were eager to try the new and improved pumpkin spice and see how it compared to previous years.

The price of the drink varies with the location. Places everywhere are jumping on the PSL bandwagon. The pumpkin spice originators, Starbucks, is the first place many think of when it comes to buying a cup of their fall favorite. However, the price is also the highest, so the fact that other places are making the drink for less money is exciting for those who are not trying to spend $5 on one drink. Places like Panera, Dunkin Donuts and Peet’s Coffee are just a few places where you can find a version of the creamy pumpkin beverage. Surprisingly, even gas stations like 7-Eleven have started brewing their own mix of the infamous drink.

Photo by: mumbot
Photo by: mumbot

Whether you like it or not, the PSL is here, and it is everywhere. If you still haven’t tried one, I suggest giving in to all the craze and trying one for yourself. You might be surprised to find that it’s the best thing you’ve tried. You might find that it’s not all that great. Either way, it’s fall and there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a nice hot drink while the weather gets crisp and colder.

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