"I decided I’d finally venture into Starbucks for my first PSL, as the beverage is simply referred to by its fans. You see, I rarely drink Starbucks – I’m one of those java snobs who believes the chain has perpetrated the notion that over-roasted coffee is “better” coffee. And to top it off, I have no taste for flavored coffee: I’ll take a little peppermint with my chocolate or a little citrus with my vodka, but, please, leave my java alone.
"So perhaps it’s no surprise I didn’t like the latte. I wasn’t really expecting to taste any actual pumpkin in the drink, so I can’t say I was disappointed in that regard. But I did get the expected mouthful of pumpkin spice – and the problem for me was that those sweet, aromatic flavors clashed with the overly bitter joe. If this is fall in a coffee mug, I’m ready to set the clock back to summer."