It’s “Pumpkin Spice Latte” time again!

Seattle Met:

Since the pumpkin spice latte’s inception 11 years ago, customers have ordered more than 200 million, each topped with whipped cream and a parting shake of spices. It arrives while the summer sun still beats down hot over most of the country, but a combination of masterful marketing and a fan base with the kind of obsession usually reserved for pop stars has transformed this drink into a national harbinger of fall.

Like the Mcdonald’s McRib, this is another one of those things that mystify me about the foods we eat and crave. Granted, I’ve never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I prefer my coffee to simply be coffee flavoured. But the excitement of so many for this drink’s arrival is fascinating. Is it marketing generated though?

  • Jim McPherson

    I prefer the Eggnog latte, but the Pumpkin Spice is quite good.

  • GFYantiapplezealots

    Pumpkin foods are some of my favorite things, especially pumpkin pie. However, these Starbucks Pumpkin spice lattes are disgusting.

    • Agreed. One of my fave desserts is Pumpkin Pie. But the idea of a “Pumpkin spice latte”, especially one with no actual pumpkin in it, revolts me.

  • Peter Hewson

    Marketing doesn’t hurt, but in my experience this drink advertises itself or more accurately it’s fervent fans do. I don’t go in for sweet milky coffee, so I’ve never had one, but I have seen a few animated discussions start up over this drink. It would be foolish and possible dangerous to try to argue that it’s just a drink.

  • Sleep I am losing not.

  • Moeskido

    Way too sweet, just like most of their other pre-mixed confection drinks.

    You want to add flavor to my coffee, bring a bottle of Maker’s Mark and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Done.

  • lucascott

    i’ve tried the Pumpkin Spice thing and meh. Perhaps as a coffee less hot chocolate alternative it might be okay but it didn’t wow me as a coffee. Vanilla is about the only Latte I will get.