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Friday Flashback–Pumpkin Spice Latte : Trending Now

I wrote this more than a year ago. Now I am posting it again for Fandango’s Friday Flashback

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Coffee Chronicles — Part Four

A series documenting the ongoing saga of mankind’s relationship with coffee.

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The pumpkin spice latte is trending now. You can see it in most lists of autumnal favourites. It is fast becoming as much of a seasonal culture icon as the pumpkin itself. Every October and November, pumpkins abound not just on grocer’s shelves but all over. They can be seen adorning clothes and stationery.

Pumpkin jack o’ lanterns are an essential part of Halloween celebrations. No wonder then that the most popular fashion colour every year is ‘pumpkin’ (or what used to pass for orange before).

It is hardly surprising then, that nearly everyone’s favourite flavoured coffee in the fall is the pumpkin spice latte. People can be seen braving the elements, holding tall pumpkin spice lattes. Check out the autumnal favourites in blogs, vlogs and YouTube videos and you will find Pumpkin Spice Latte on every list.

Pumpkin pie fans must be over the moon. It is a bit like having a slice of pie with your favourite coffee, only in one cup.

Taken apart, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is:

pumpkin spice latte pumpkin pie spice with ingredients
Homemade pumpkin pie spice in a glass jar with ingredients
  • Brewed espresso
  • Steamed milk
  • Sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spice sauce.
  • Whipped cream
  • Pumpkin spice topping: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove.

Although sales of this coffee are going through the roof these days, not everyone likes it. My friend Shahida found it “too sweet and too heavy” but she says she ought to have told them to hold the sugar. Her final verdict, “can’t say I will order it again.”

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Another friend, Mushi found it, “ over-rated—overly sweet, overly spiced and overly priced—left my taste buds under whelmed.’ Blogger Sadje, however, is a big fan; it is one of her favourite things about autumn.

As for me, I am not a big fan of specialty coffee. My tea and coffee tastes are rather conservative. I prefer to eat my pie and drink my coffee.

What do YOU think of the PSL (pumpkin spice latte)?

Do you love it or hate it?

And the winner is………..

Yay or Nay, please cast your vote and we can have a tally in a week’s time, or as soon as I have at least 20 responses.

How to vote for or against PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) :

In the comments section below

1. Write PSL –Yes or PSL–No

  1. 2. Add a link to your blog or to a blog post.

    3. Check out other blogs.

Please don’t forget to:





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47 thoughts on “Friday Flashback–Pumpkin Spice Latte : Trending Now

      1. In the comments.
        Glad you liked the post.
        I love writing about food especially coffee.


  1. I have had a couple. I prefer the gingerbread latte…but that is also very sweet. It has to be really cold outside and I have to have been on a long walk and feel I need something warm and sweet for me to order one. They are a real treat, when I am in need of something naughty but nice and full of spice.


    1. “Naughty but nice
      And full of spice”
      Love this.

      One has to be in the right situation to enjoy some things. You are so right.

      But do you vote yes or no to PSL?


  2. I’ve never tried it – it really doesn’t appeal to me. I had the gingerbread latte years ago from a friend’s recommendation and it was awful! I’ve never been tempted to waste my money again 🙂


      1. I used to have a mocha with hazelnut syrup and an espresso martini is divine! These days I stick to latte or cappuccino but that’s due to dietary restrictions.


      2. I still have to vote? *Scoots up the page*
        Sorry I totally missed the point of the bottom part of your post. I don’t feel I should vote as I have never tried it so it’s not a valid opinion, lol. However, if I must, going on my experience with the gingerbread latte, it’s a PSL no!
        Now I wish I’d written that delayed post on coffee in the 18th century. Did you know that coffee houses were as popular then as they are now? It was a very masculine environment, men would meet and (to use a term that is probably out of context) ‘put the world to rights’, transact business and important meetings such as inquests would be held in such establishements.
        It was a luxury item, so coffee was definitely out of the price reach for the poorer people in society and only available to those with enough money to purchase the imported beans.


    1. Thanks for this link.
      It’s just the kind of thing I want to read right now.
      And I am sure so do others.

      Thanks for voting.

      Do you mind telling us what the 3 desserts are?
      We will sit with a cup of coffee and drool from afar.


      1. Sure. Pecan pie and lemon meringue pie are our traditionals and an experiment with something that claims to be the original version of the banana pudding from the vanilla wafers box. It just sounded good.


  3. Never tried it, but it looks interesting! Can’t say it’s a big thing here in South Africa.



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