Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pumpkin Latte Tasting

Gail and I compared pumpkin lattes from Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks and Peet's today. These were remarkably different from each other. I preferred the Peet's and Gail preferred the Dunkin' Donuts. Here's the breakdown.

Dunkin' Donuts Pumpkin Latte: $3.19 for a small with a doughnut. We got it without sugar added, and added one pack of sugar on our own. It had a light pumpkin flavor, and started out with the right level of sweetness. After a while, it seems like syrup at the bottom of the cup mixed in, because it became far sweeter, beyond what I liked. If you have one, stir it well before adding more sugar. The other oddity was that nobody steamed any milk while making it. Despite the steamed milk coming out of a machine, it was thick enough to hold up a stirrer.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte: $4.01 for a small. We didn't add sugar this time. It was still very sweet for me. Gail said it tasted like pumpkin pie, which I thought was a good thing. Gail doesn't like pumpkin pie. The pumpkin and cinnamon was very pronounced in this drink.

Peet's Coffee Pumpkin Latte: $3:75 for a small. Once again, we didn't add sugar, and this one was not nearly as sweet as the other two. The Peet's latte had a cardamom flavor that Gail didn't like. I liked this one best, but I think it was mostly because the sweetness was lower. Even though this was my favorite, I don't think I would get another pumpkin latte. They were all just too much for me. Peet's gets an extra shout out because we were served by one of our favorite neighborhood teens.

1 comment:

  1. Blogger's wife tried Panera's entry. Very sweet, too sweet for me.