Opinion: Are Starbucks Lattes Overrated?

Starbucks rolls out the pumpkin flavor each fall.

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Starbucks rolls out the pumpkin flavor each fall.

Aurora Barks and Seirra Sacco

Starbucks popularized the trend of the pumpkin spice flavor. Starbucks released the pumpkin spice latte in the fall of 2003 in 100 Starbucks stores in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Washington, D.C., USA, then nationally rolled in fall of 2004. Pumpkin spice is being sold in over 50 countries. Pumpkin Spice Latte’s, since Starbuck’s release of the popular drink, has raked in over 1.4 billion dollars. 


Over the years Pumpkin Spice flavor has been inventing many drinks and food items. The success of the flavor has started the trend of other companies copying such as Dunkin’s Donuts new pumpkin spice latte and many other homemade replicas. This year Starbucks started selling pumpkin spice drinks in early September. 

Aurora’s Review: 
It’s pretty good. I can taste the pumpkin and a little spice. I can taste the pumpkin more than the spice which is not my cup of tea. It’s not something I will get everyday, or ever again. It’s not worth the money in my eyes, but it’s not a complete waste to try it once. If you are a pumpkin lover you will die for this drink. I’m not sure why this coffee started a trend, but if I had to guess people like limited edition stuff and this fits the bill for fall, winter has eggnog while fall has pumpkin with some spice thrown in.


Seirra’s Review:
Pumpkin Spice Lattes are alright. When they are warm you taste more pumpkin than spice and when cold you taste more spice than pumpkin. It is an equal balance when the latte is lukewarm. If you love pumpkin though it is a great drink even if you don’t like coffee. The Pumpkin Spice Latte does not really taste like coffee, so even coffee haters will like it. These latte’s are perfect for the Fall season.