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The Pumpkin Spice Latte Taste Test


You don’t like to think much for yourself, but you definitely know that you love fall so you feel the need to spend $5 on a specialty drink because it “tastes like fall.” In order to prevent people from wasting hard-earned (hard-begged money from their parents), The Black Sheep has conducted a taste test of all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes at coffee shops around campus.


Argo Tea:


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If you’re looking for a cheap PSL substitute, don’t go here. If you’re tiring of spices but still digging the pumpkin flavor, check out the Harvest latte. It has all the magical wonders of “fall flavors” without the chai. For a smooth drink that can be either iced or hot, the Harvest Latte is a solid choice.




Einstein Bros:


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If you are looking to drink “a swirling wonderland of sparkling, white pleasure” then you should definitely try the PSL at Einstein Bros. Let it fill your senses with cascading fluffy pillows of comfort and excitement as you have never felt before.


As a bagel specialty shop, we had rather low expectations but damn were we wrong, yo. The amount of cream and sugar watered down the spices enough to the point where they were manageable to consume. Regardless, this PSL is definitely worth it. Look at all that whip cream! DELICIOUS!




Tim Horton’s:


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To mix things up, we tried the Pumpkin Pie Iced Capp. From the drink itself to the chunks of delightful pumpkiny things on top, this beverage has proved to us that a frozen version of a PSL can be just as good, if not better. If you’re in the mood for something sweeter and even unhealthier for you, put Tim Horton’s on your agenda.






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This is the last time we waste half a gallon of gas to get a coffee. This PSL was by far the worst we’ve ever tried. Halfway through the drink, we choked on unstirred coffee grains. Delightful. If you want to waste gas money and waste your time on crappy PSL, go here.







Okay, we get why people actually like this stuff from Starbucks. We were going to make fun of them if the coffee was crap, even in the slightest, but to our surprise it was actually very well crafted. Plus the barista was hot, so there’s that.








This PSL was just kind of a run-of-the-mill, ordinary PSL. Nothing too special about it, and the cost wasn’t low enough for us to think that it was a good deal. If you’re in the mood for a no-thrills, average PSL that costs a couple dollars too much, Biggby is the place to go.




Java City:



We had very low expectations for Java City as it doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to coffee, but holy shit were we wrong. This coffee, hands down, was the best PSL we tasted. We don’t know if it’s because of the massive amount of sugar and cream they put in it, but damn is that stuff smooth and delicious. Please don’t make the same mistake we made by assuming they’re awful, because you will thank us by giving them a chance!




So there you have it folks. Go drink up those PSLs before they’re gone for the season. And once they’re gone, we know you’ll complain. Hopefully this guide will make you feel more confident in your decision to indulge and spend money on an over-priced, highly sugarized specialty drink!


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