The Ultimate Pumpkin Latte Test

At 128 Hours, every morning begins with a cup-o-joe. When we started getting emails from Caribou, announcing the arrival of their seasonal pumpkin drinks, we knew we had to do something special. We decided to go all over town to find who really serves up the best pumpkin spice latte. Here is what we found:

Java City - Chain
Java city is a coffee bar located on our work’s campus. This can be a dangerous distraction, yet so delicious and relaxing at the same time. Made from Java’s city own pumpkin blend, this drink is sweet but does not overpower the notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not only is Java City super convenient, the friendly smiling faces of the baristas make it even better.

Caribou Coffee - Chain
Both the pumpkin latte and the pumpkin chai latte were under scrutiny at this coffee stop. Though tasty, we did not get an overwhelming sense of fall from our drinks, more a sense of needing to brush our teeth. Balancing sugar with spice is an art and too much sugar can ruin a drink. Caribou’s cozy d├ęcor will keep us coming back but we will stick with our regulars for now.  

Starbucks - Chain
Not too strong, not too weak, not too sweet.. this one was just right! You can't go wrong with Starbucks coffee, so it's no surprise it was a top contender. We did go back on two separate occasions, and found it to be a little inconsistent, which is why this coffee house only received four stars. 

San Francisco Coffee - Atlanta, GA
If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place! Extremely tasty, but the pumpkin pie latte was far too sweet for our liking. To us, this was a dessert drink, and not one of fall's guilty pleasures. With fresh beans roasted just below your feet in the basement at their Highlands location, they brew extremely fresh coffee. Unfortunately, their pumpkin latte did not stand out.

Rev Coffee - Smyrna, GA
Nestled just outside the city, is the independently owned Rev Coffee. The first time we went to get a pumpkin latte, they were out of pumpkin flavor.. you know that's a good sign! The Smyrna shop has a friendly atmosphere and indie vibe. Rev serves the highest quality of beans during they're best harvest period, which is why this pumpkin latte topped the charts.
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1 comment:

  1. I think I speak for all women who anxiously await fall for pumpkin flavored things when I say thank you for this. amazing.