Sunday, November 3, 2013

Super Sunday: Pumpkin Lattes (+Bonus Non-Coffee Latte!)

Pumpkin + Coffee = LOVE
Coffee shops sure know what's up but some PSLs (Pumpkin Spice Lattes) are just made better than others. Here are some reviews of the ones I've tried along with my favorites.
Starbucks: Pumpkin Spice Latte
The original PSL. And my favorite to be quite honest. It tastes like pumpkin without the weird soda syrup taste—you know, that stuff they pump into an Italian soda? I've heard other people say that the orange color is kind of off-putting too but it hasn't really bothered me. I mean pumpkin puree is orange right? (Haha) There's also just the right amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. 
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Peet's Coffee & Tea: Pumpkin Latte
Native to the Bay, Peet's is a local favorite. But to be honest, I'm not a very big fan. Their lattes tend to be pretty inconsistent taste-wise—even more so than Starbucks. Anyhow, their pumpkin latte pretty much reflected that. Although I could taste the pumpkin, it was very subtle and it tasted very strongly of the aforementioned soda syrups. This is not to say that Starbucks and other cafes don't use it too but I guess the key is that they hide it better. I did like the little nutmeg grinder at the counter though.
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Noah's Bagels: Pumpkin Latte
This one was pretty surprising to me. Like Peet's, the pumpkin flavor here was subtle but still the drink overall was pretty yummy. It was very mild and soft tasting. For people who don't quite like the taste of pumpkin as much, this one's for you.
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McDonald's McCafé: Pumpkin Spice Latte
Yes, in case you haven't heard, McDonald's coffee is pretty good coffee. So it wasn't too much of a surprise that their PSL was good as well. The taste reminded me of Noah's but slightly sweeter, more pumpkiney, and about half the price.
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Asha Tea House: Pumpkin Spice Latte
A popular tea place in the Berkeley area, Asha Tea House makes some of the best milk teas, I can say with confidence. What a surprise it was when I found out they were making a PSL for autumn. Turns out this latte is a pumpkin chai. YUM. It's more chai than pumpkin but bonus points for the use of real pumpkin puree.
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And there you have it. Stay tuned for reviews of different gingerbread lattes and peppermint + chocolate beverages!

Writer: Princess
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