Pumpkin Spice Latte Returns
Pumpkin Spice Latte Returns to that chain coffee joint, you know, Starbucks, or something like that. I only know because I heard it on the news on the radio.
I would think that what with all the hurricanes, flooding, imminent nuclear wars looming and such that this would not be a news item, but apparently it is. Shoot, I have a hard time imagining it being a news item even if the news day was so slow that they were doing stories on "Brazilian Slug Growth Patterns" or something equally absurd.
"...and that fat boy in North Korea is planning on irradiating all of us, and today's temperatures will be in the high 115's, and, oh, did you hear? PSL is back! That's right, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back already..."
Why do they stop making them, anyway?
It seems that the yearly release of the PSL has become something of an event, an introduction, if you will, to the fall season. I'd think that something so popular would be a good draw to the Starbucks stores any time of year, but looking around the internet I cannot find any explanation, other than "It's a seasonal thing" as to why it is seasonal.
On the other hand, why do they make it in the first place? Well, it is delicious, however, According to Wired.com,
"Sure, it has caffeine, which is kind of habit forming. But the most important elements here are a heap of concentrated sugar, a bunch of warm, frothy milk fat, and a pinch of salt to get the dopamine flowing. A grande (16 oz) serving holds a whopping 40 percent of your daily value of saturated fat. Add to that 240 mg of sodium (10 percent your daily value) and 50 grams of sugar (of which there's no recommended daily value), and you get a reaction in your brain that mimics the rush from certain addictive drugs."
I am a skinflint
If you've read anything on DelightfulCoffee.com at all, you know I'd much rather make my own coffee for a few cents than travel a couple miles and pay five dollars. That having been said, I'm also not into trends. I do not need to carry around a paper (or plastic) coffee cup advertising a chain in order to justify my self worth. Maybe once upon a time, but not now.
The header on this section says "I am a skinflint" (cheapskate) but that's only part of it, you see. I will never wear skinny jeans (the horror!!!), I don't use iTunes, I use an iPhone only for work, otherwise, I have my reliable android phone. I'm way more likely to yell "Get Off My Lawn" than to ask for a foo foo coffee-like beverage. I honestly do not care that the Pumpkin Spice Latte Has Returned!
On the other hand
Now if this coffee purveyor had the eggnog latte all year long, I'd be sorely tempted to overpay for coffee.
You see, there just isn't eggnog this and eggnog that, like there is pumpkin spice. It's like a demented version of Forrest Gump's Blue. "Pumpkin spice muffins, pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice sandwiches, pumpkin spice cola..."
You can even get pumpkin spice Coffee-Mate Creamer at the supermarket, for crying out loud, but eggnog creamer? Fuhgettaboutit!
Oh, sure, some of you out there don't like eggnog, and I'd venture a guess that the vast majority of those folks have never tried it. It's like liquid candy!
I must confess
Actually, I do drink and like the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, but only have one once a year on average. I do enjoy PSL, but not enough to make regular trips for it. When it comes out each year, I know that the summer heat is near its end, the scents of fall are coming soon, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's are a stones throw away, and we have entered my favorite time of the year.
So if you see me standing in line at Starbucks, you'll know what I'm there for. Try not to tease me too much.