As students begin to settle into fall, and with the midterm season just around the corner, many students will find themselves studying and trying to remain caffeinated. Starbucks recently dropped their fall drink collection. To put them to the test, I brought first-year students Sierra Fraser and Allan Lee to rate four of these new drinks out of 10.
To keep with the classics, we began with a spin on the pumpkin spice latte. The pumpkin spice Frappuccino is described as the “ultimate fall care package” on the Starbucks website. Anyone who is a fan of the pumpkin spice latte will love this Frappuccino. Even myself, who typically doesn’t enjoy pumpkin flavoring, enjoyed this drink.
Both the pumpkin spice latte, and the Frappuccino is made of a spice blend with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, all adding to the feeling that surrounds this season.
“The pumpkin flavor really makes it feel like fall,” Fraser said. “Although I haven’t been a huge pumpkin fan in the past, this drink has converted me. The pumpkin pie spice gets me really excited for the season.”
Drink score: 9/10
For the second drink, I tried the apple crisp macchiato. Starbucks has three versions of this; iced, hot and Frappuccino. I received the suggestion of trying the iced macchiato by the barista, who preferred this variation out of the three.
This drink takes one of my favorite drinks, an iced caramel macchiato, and replaces the caramel with a spiced apple and brown sugar syrup. While the smell released a sweet apple scent, the taste was almost like a bitter air freshener. I could see this drink working better when hot, with the syrup being mixed in. But as a cold layer drink, the syrup didn’t work for me. If I were to order this again, I would try the hot version instead.
We also ended up trying the apple crisp Frappuccino the next day, which was much better than the iced macchiato. The syrup was able to blend into the drink and became more subtle than the harsh syrup on the bottom like it was in the iced version.
Iced score: 4/10
Frappuccino score: 6/10
After the apple crisp macchiato, we needed a pallet cleanser. Our third drink was suggested by sophomore Gia Hanselman, an iced chai, with pumpkin cream cold foam.
“It tastes like fall,” Hanselman said. “It’s the drink of my lifetime.”
As someone who loves iced chai, I was excited to try a new variation of one of my favorite drinks. The foam was an excellent addition and blended well with the spices in the chai. According to the Starbucks website, the foam is made out of pumpkin puree. The pumpkin taste in the foam is subtle. It is something that can be easily added to any drink to enhance the experience.
“It’s a nice refreshing fall drink, the foam is really good and isn’t overpowering,” Fraser said. “If you already like chai, this is something you need to try.”
Drink score: 9.5/10
Lastly, we tried the pumpkin cream cold brew. This cold-brew is topped with the same cold foam as the chai. Cold-brew is personally my favorite drink at Starbucks, and I came into this drink with high hopes from the chai. The strength of the cold-brew pairs nicely with the foam and makes the foam taste sweeter in this drink.
“It reminds me of a pumpkin pie, which I really like… It’s a little too sweet but honestly, it’s pretty good.” Lee said.
Drink score: 7/10