At work, we’re lucky to have two Starbucks branded coffee kiosks. It’s convenient and offers a small selection of Starbucks beverages at a slightly lower cost (compared to their retail outlets). This week they started offering pumpkin spice lattes. I was feeling the afternoon fade and seeing as how I’ve never had a PSL, I decided to go for it.

A woman who had previously made my caramel macchiatos made my PSL today. As I was handed my drink, I saw the lovely presentation of a small dollop of whipped cream with what I imagine was a light dusting of pumpkin spice on top. Alas, my delight was short-lived. I took the drink back to my desk and I partook in my first sip. It was very sweet and dare I even say it was perhaps too sweet. I was also not a fan of the pumpkin spice flavouring. It just did not resonate with me. I was actually quite surprised by how much I hated it, given that I love eating pumpkin pie.

I could only drink a few more sips before abandoning the experiment. I am sure there are millions of people who enjoy a Starbucks PSL but I am not one of them.

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