Spooky sips

The top three fall starbucks drinks


Jeremiah Renner, Reporter

Fall is the best season of all. A large part of that is the two main holidays that take place there and the cooler weather. But the most important part is without a doubt the food. Without the seasonal food and drinks, fall wouldn’t be fall. I will be trying three of Starbucks’ seasonal drinks and ranking them on 5 categories out of 100: Price per fl. Oz, taste, aroma, texture, appearance, and customer service.

The three drinks I will be reviewing consist of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Chai Tea Latte, and the Iced Apple Crisp Oat Milk Macchiato all from Starbucks. Starbucks is in the top three largest American companies and number one in their industry according to moneycnn.com, and sells an average of eight million drinks per day, according to starbmag.com, so it is fitting to use this coffee shop to provide the beverages in this review. I also got the smallest possible size cup and light ice for the two iced drinks.

Pumpkin Spice Latte – Starbucks

Overall 71/100. I’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte before and I don’t plan on having it again. It is one of the most overhyped, overrated, most letdown of a drink ever. It looked good, but the taste didn’t back it up.

Pricing a 64/100. The drink was $0.43 per fl. oz. which isn’t terrible but $3.44 for 8 fl. oz. isn’t something I would pay for regularly because nothing really stood out to me in this drink.

Taste 28/100. It tasted beyond bland and the only thing holding it from zero is that it is still coffee and I love coffee.

Aroma 60/100. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. The spices gave it an extra boost.

Texture 87/100. The spices hitting your taste buds, in addition to the creamy foam smothering your tongue, is what makes it a great fall drink. Although the Starbucks’ small green straws do make me want to throw up because the texture is horrible, the drink didn’t come with it so I won’t count too many points off. 

Appearance 91/100. It came with an officially named splash stick, to keep the steam from escaping, and so the drink doesn’t splash, hence the name “splash stick.” If you open up the top, it displays the foam and special spices on top. The coffee was also orange after all, and that is unique.

Customer service 97/100. For all 3 drinks, my drinks were ready as soon as I arrived. (I ordered online about 10 minutes before arriving).

Iced Chai Tea Latte – Starbucks

Overall 77/100. The Chai tea was very tasty. There were some things that were just plain, but it had many more good things than bad things. 

Pricing 69/100. Starbucks gives you 12 fl. oz, for $4.80, making it $0.40 per fl. oz. 

Taste 90/100. It was sweet and gives you a beautiful, succulent flavor. There weren’t many things wrong with the taste.

Aroma 65/100. The smell made me feel welcomed into tasting the drink. It gave a definition of fall in just the first sip, but I’ve smelled better drinks.

Texture 78/100. It was smooth and felt nice rolling throughout my tastebuds, but it was just like any other coffee or tea. 

Appearance 63/100. It was literally just a clear cup filled with tan liquid with ice. Nothing special. 

Customer service 97/100.

Iced Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato – Starbucks

Overall 85/100. Apples are arguably the most known fruit for fall. I had high expectations for this drink and it fulfilled them greatly.

Pricing 64/100. The drink was $5.16 for 12 fl. oz, making it $.43 per fl. oz. which is actually the same as the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Taste 82/100. The taste was refreshing. The mix of the three layers of coffee really stood out and was apparent in the flavor.

Aroma 91/100. The aroma was the best I have ever smelled from a coffee, it reminded me of an apple cinnamon oatmeal breakfast. It had a pleasant, significant boldness.

Texture 86/100. The texture was immaculate. It consisted of great factors to boost this category. 

Appearance 88/100. The appearance was very good for me. There were three layers to the drink, the bottom, caramel-looking substance, the coffee of course, and the milk/cream on top. The layers really worked together pretty well for me.

Customer Service 97/100.