Point-Counterpoint: PSL

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Jamie Goldman and Katie McMullin

Don’t jump-in for the pumpkin

    With the start of fall comes the tastes of pumpkin, cinnamon and spices. September kicks off the start of the famous Pumpkin Spice drinks season. Growing up, I have never liked the taste of pumpkin, not the coffee, the seeds, nothing pumpkin. As the Millenials and Generation Z started getting older and drinking coffee, the Pumpkin Spice phenomena grew tremendously. Now, during the fall, everyone is always talking about pumpkin spice this and that. Being that person that does not like pumpkin spice, it becomes very annoying when that is all you see advertised and hear about.  

     During the fall season, every time someone talks about what drink from they are getting, all you hear is about the Pumpkin Spice drinks. I feel as though Pumpkin Spice is one of the drinks that is overly-exaggerated; however, the companies do advertises the drink very well. While yes, I do see where people fall in love with all of the different drinks that come with the pumpkin flavor, because they like the taste, and that is great for them, but for me,

I will just turn away. 

I have always wanted to like the taste of pumpkin flavored things, although now everyone makes such a big deal about the flavor that I have become annoyed. In addition, unlike most of the population, to me the drink tastes like burnt coffee with some spices thrown in. If I am going to get some kind of coffee drink, I want to be able to enjoy it, not show off that I am trying the newest creation that everyone is trying. I would rather be different and enjoy my nice warm or cold cup of coffee while reading a good book than sit and show off that I can try all the more styles of Pumpkin Spice. 

Starbucks has been making the Pumpkin Spice drinks for as long as I can remember, and I know a lot of people like the drink. They certainly have made a lot of money and popularity off the drink, so props to Starbucks for finding that seasonal taste and keeping it up to date. If I could give one piece of advice to the world of coffee lovers, I would tell them enjoy your drinks, just please do not make it so that everyone feels the need to have the exact same drink that you have just because it is new or only out for a certain period of time. I love coffee and I love spices, although Pumpkin Spice is just not anywhere on my favorite coffee flavor list.

  • Jamie Goldman, co-Editor-in-Chief

Pumpkin spice and everything nice

By the time fall comes around, pumpkin spice lattes show up everywhere. The iconic flavor of the season, even just the smell alone brings you a sense of fall. Every year without a doubt pumpkin spice lattes are being sold at almost every coffee shop and bakery around. The drink can come hot, iced or even frozen. However you decide to get it, there is no doubt that it will be amazing. It’s the perfect drink to have when you’re relaxing at home, or when you have somewhere to be and need the perfect pick me up.

Each of the separate spices come together to create the perfect medley of flavors. They all complement each other in a beautiful way to create such an iconic flavor. The nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and a plethora of other spices come together to keep the drink a balanced mixture of both sweet and bitter. It maintains that coffee flavor, and none of the ingredients overpower each other. The scent alone is enough to move someone to buy the drink.

Only for a limited time can you get this flavor, so it became such a popular trend among many. Thousands and even millions of people always anticipate the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes throughout the world. Ads and commercials show up everywhere and it’s largely advertised to go and get your pumpkin spice. As soon as it hits, coffee shops are stormed by everyone wanting the drink, and business starts booming more than usual. It’s a worldwide trend that always blows up at the same time every year. It’s one of the most popular flavors, as well as one of the most popular social trends. Even those who aren’t particularly fond of the drink will buy one just to follow the trend.

Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no denying the impact it has had on society. It’s been put into place as the flavor and scent of fall. When people think of fall they think of the leaves changing colors, apple picking, and now the pumpkin spice latte and all things to do with it. You think of the light orangish-brown color and the smell of the drink. The fall flavor it brings, and even the fall spices associated with it. There is no traditional fall until the pumpkin spice latte comes out everywhere around you.

  • Katie McMullin, Focus Editor