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Who is the Pump-king of the spices?

Fall has officially arrived and it is now 100 percent Pumpkin Spice Latte season. We at the Griffon News care about your taste buds and have thus determined which Pumpkin Spice Latte off campus is the best bang for your buck.

Five people anonymously tasted four different Pumpkin Spice Lattes to determine which is the best. Three coffee chains and one gas station were chosen.

Starbucks was chosen because when people think of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, people think of Starbucks. Dunkin Donuts is a cheaper alternative close to campus which is why it was chosen. Hazel’s Gourmet Coffee was included for a little St. Joseph pride and Casey’s Gas Station was thrown into the mix because it’s unexpected.

Hazel’s Gourmet Coffee and Tea was hands-down the newsroom’s favourite beverage with a 3/5 pumpkins. It was described as caramel, spice-filled with hints of sweet cream.

Kelsea Hall, Co-Lifestyles Editor, said her favorite beverage by far was Hazel’s.

“I could buy number three when I am craving a warm, spicy cup of joe to battle the crisp, Fall air,” Hall said.

Derek Guyer, Sporter Editor, when asked why his favourite was Hazel’s Pumpkin Spice, said

“It made me feel warm on the inside.”

Casey’s Gas Station and Starbucks shared second place. Casey’s coffee was rated by Ethan Freccia, freelance artist, as the most pumpkin flavor out of all the drinks. Guyer enjoyed Casey’s coffee as well, as it reminded him of his favorite type of women.  Starbucks was  Jessica Kopp, Editor-in-Chief’s

“I like my women like I like my women. Cold and bitter.”

Starbucks was  Jessica Kopp, Editor-in-Chief’s favorite out of all the drinks. Kopp was the only one to write positively about the coffee, despite Starbucks being known for their Pumpkin Spice.

Starbucks received mixed reviews. The drink was criticised for its bright orange color which several people found off-putting. Kelsea Hall, Co-Lifestyles Editor, disliked this drink.

“The yellow color is not appealing. Tastes like moldy, caffeinated pumpkin,” Hall said.

Caleb May, News Editor, did not like Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte either. He said that the drink looked like a curry base, with a weak coffee taste and heavy use of cream.

The least favorite coffee without a doubt was Dunkin’ Donuts version of their Pumpkin coffee. Some criticised the coffee, stating it tasted more tea-based than coffee-based. It was described as sweet dishwater, not super impressive, and more spice than pumpkin.

The result of the survey ultimately is you pay for quality. Dunkin’, which was the cheapest at a little less than two dollars for a small and was the worst coffee of the night. Hazel’s was the most expensive at almost four dollars for 12 ounces and was highly praised compared to the other drinks.


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