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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Latte Update

I know everyone is waiting with bated breath to hear about my Pumpkin Spice Latte quest. Well, I decided to be proactive and contact Cosi to see what was going on, and I recieved this very nice (but extremely sad) email back:

Good Afternoon Nakiya,

Unfortunately the Pumpkin Latte will not be making a come back. This
year we're doing the Chocolate Covered Almond Mocha & the Peppermint Hot
Chocolate as our holiday beverages. We're sorry for this inconvenience.
Thank you for your continued support and patronage.


Cosi Guest Services

Whyyyy Cosi? WHYYYYYYYYY!?!?!?!

For good measure I tried the Chocolate Covered Almond Mocha, and unfortuantely I found it pretty undrinkable. The almond flavor was WAY too intense and almost mechanical. It was too overwhelming, there should have been more chocolate to balance it maybe. I cannot believe they thought this drink would be a good replacement for the genius that was their Pumpkin Spice Latte.

In order to mend my wounded heart, I scoped out other places for their versions:
Dunkin' Donuts: YIKES. I'm glad I got the small because this was so sweet I found myself cringing and wanting it to stop.
Panera Bread: Actually quite delicious and not overwhelmingly sweet. Maybe too milky though - I would have liked a stronger coffee flavor I think. I also discovered that a medium size at Panera Bread is quite a bit too much for me - I would definitely order the small next time. I ordered other things too, so I'll write a seperate post soon.
Starbuck's: OK fine. I know it's delicious. I just didn't want to admit it.
Caribou Coffee: Very sweet and much spicier than any that I've tried - definitely taste nutmeg. It also has a distinct orange color to it. Definitely go for the small (16 0z) version. Also, it was $4.24 for the medium, is that outrageous to anyone else?

Does anybody know of other places that sell Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Caribou Coffee is currently on my list, but I would like to try non-chains as well. Maybe Java Joe's has one?

UPDATED 10/19/09 with Caribou Coffee info


SE(Denufood) said...

HI Nakiya,
Have added your blog to my blogroll..cheers to the pumpkin spice latte !!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm dying to find a sugar free pumpkin spice latte. Is it REALLY that hard to do Starbucks????

Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore said...

SE - Thanks!!!! I'll add you too!

Allthingsjuice - You're right - that's so surprising Starbuck's doesn't have that!!! I'll be on the lookout for other places!

Simply Life said...

Oh that stinks! I love that they wrote you back though!

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