As a Starbucks fan and relatively experienced coffee drinker, I was excited to try these autumn-themed drinks. I prefer flavored coffee, but always with half the normal amount of flavor shots; I usually think everything is too sweet. My typical Starbucks order is a venti iced latte with coconut milk, two shots of hazelnut syrup and two shots of sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup, plus however much cinnamon is in the shaker.
I had never drunk coffee before coming to college. However, soon after I started college, it became a necessity as a result of late nights studying and 8 a.m. classes. Fun fact: I prefer my coffee to be 20 percent coffee, 60 percent milk and 20 percent sugar. Also, my record number of pumps of creamer in a cup of coffee is twelve. Starbucks is my favorite place to get coffee
Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino
As an official caramel hater, this is far too sweet for me. It’s practically a dessert. Sweet and salty flavors together in a drink do not appeal to me.
As someone who loves sweet things, this drink is perfect for me. The sweet flavor of caramel combined with a subtle hint of coffee is refreshing. Also, the sweet and salty caramel sprinkles on top are delicious and provide personality to the drink.
Hot Pumpkin Spice Latte
This drink is so good! It’s warm and cozy, like fall in a cup. It’s the perfect temperature to thaw you out after a 45 degree walk to your 8 a.m.
This cup of coffee is perfect for a crisp fall day, especially to warm you up from the chilly weather. I don't really enjoy the pumpkin taste in this drink, even though I usually like pumpkin-spiced food.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
The cold brew definitely has the strongest coffee flavor. The cream on top is interesting, but not my favorite. I like that it’s not too sweet compared to the others, so I find it good for sipping while studying.
Although avid coffee drinkers may find this drink delicious, I prefer a high ratio of milk and cream to coffee in my drinks. This one doesn’t meet that standard, so I didn’t really enjoy it.
Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
I appreciate that this drink is not too strong. I love the subtle spice flavors. Maybe it’s just because I tried this on a cold day, but I think I like the hot version just a little better.
I'm not a huge fan of coffee that’s not super sweet, but this one might be the exception. The coffee flavor paired with the pumpkin spice is delicious and a perfect balance between sweetness and coffee-ness.