Starbucks’ Most Controversial Drink

Which side are you on in the PSL debate?

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Each fall means cooler weather, beautiful foliage, and for many, the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. This drink, sold at Starbucks beginning in late August every year, has become a pop culture icon with a cult following. There are memes, clothes, and phone cases dedicated to the Pumpkin Spice Latte. But what’s America’s fascination with the PSL? Is it even good?

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Personally, I’m not a fan of Starbucks because I don’t drink coffee, or any of their drinks for that matter, so I have never tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte. And quite frankly, I don’t plan on trying it any time soon. So although I’m not in any position to review it, other people can. I asked three students what they thought of the PSL, and here’s what they said:

Becca Kaplan: “It’s so good! My mom has been drinking the PSL for years, but I only recently tried it!”

Annie Mead: “I had it once, and I would never spend my money on it again. It tastes like a pumpkin threw up on the drink, and then cinnamon was put on top.”

Tess Greenhaw: “I originally tasted it to see what the hype is, and I thought it was fine.”

A few examples of “PSL merch.” Credit to Shopswell

Although these are only the opinions of three students, they accurately represent how divided people feel about the Pumpkin Spice Latte. If this proves anything, it’s that the PSL is as controversial as it is popular. Maybe I’ll have to try it after all!