Pumpkin Spice Latte: Love it or Leave it?

Fall is right around the corner, and you know what that means… the return of pumpkin spice lattes! Now, I’ve never been a fan of the PSL. Not because I’m a coffee purist, and not because I’m not “basic” (I kind of am), but because I’m just not a fan of the flavor. However, I know people who rejoice in the return of the PSL like they would at the return of the Messiah.

Baffled by the extreme passion in which many embrace this fall beverage, I posed the question to my Instagram following- Pumpkin Spice Latte: love it or leave it? I was honestly surprised by the number who responded with the latter. Below are some of the responses I received:

“It’s a fun dessert drink […] I love pumpkin pie so the idea of drinking it seems fun!” -@micherre_mo

“I’ve always thought that they were an over sweet gimmick, but I’ve seen people who are in the industry and who have great palettes swoon over these, especially the ones from Starbucks.” – @foodnomad

“Leave it – super funky and a waste of good coffee.” -@littleman_and_tidbit

“If you want dessert – love it. If you want coffee – leave it. Personally I’d rather get my pumpkin calories from pumpkin pie.” -@maddtowne

“Already tired of it.” -@bhk556

“Leave it – usually the pumpkin tastes artificial to me and doesn’t blend well…” -@skoobie_

“I prefer my coffee without any bells and whistles.” -@lshap18

“Love it! Always get an extra shot of espresso to make it more coffee like.” -@morgschatz

Grace Street Coffee is preparing to put their spin on the fall beverage

I was delighted to see the following exchange in my comments from Grace Street’s General Manager Angel and Head Barista Sam:

“I am all for doing it right. Like beers many of them are a let down. They taste like nutmeg and cinnamon. If done with natural ingredients and paired with a bean that compliments the syrup it can turn out right. @anglinsam has been working on a simple syrup for @gracestreetcoffee that we will roll out next week! Tested it today and it was 💸💸💸” -@cabrera79

“@cabrera79 agreed. Pumpkin spice is a cultural thing now, if we can take something people expect as a seasonal drink, make it better using natural ingredients instead of outrageous amounts of high fructose corn syrup, and pair it with exceptional coffees in the hands of skilled baristas, who loses? The haters, that’s who!” -@anglinsam

Spooky sign as you walk in Tynan Coffee & Tea

In addition to getting your fix at Grace Street starting next week, you can also indulge in your favorite caffeinated pumpkin drinks at Tynan, Ebenezers, Saxbys, Starbucks, Peet’s, and Dunkin Donuts. Let me know if I’ve left your favorite coffee shop out so other PSL-addicts can be in the know!

Though I personally don’t dig the pumpkin spice latte,  I do rejoice in the excitement of autumn’s arrival. I am pumped for the changing colors of the leaves, the return of boot weather, and the feeling of cradling a cup of hot coffee between my chilly hands.

Keep caffeinated,


P.S.- For a little laugh, check out this Buzzfeed video of people trying PSLs for the first time. #sobasic


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