Photo By Nicole Buckenham

It’s that time of the year again, pumpkin flavored everything is everywhere. Which, this, of course, includes the infamous Pumpkin Spiced Lattes (PSLs). It can be hard to decipher which coffee shop to go to when you are trying to find the best PSL for you. Also, which PSL is the best bang-for-your-buck since we are all college students.

So, I went out and went to two of the most popular coffee shops in America. I went and grabbed a pumpkin spiced latte from no other than Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. These two places always seem to be at war with each other when it comes to the best coffee. They are always right beside each other in distance, even though both places always seem to be offering the same thing, but at different prices and different tastes.

Starbuck’s PSL was priced at $4.60.

The beverage was offered to me hot or cold and I chose hot. When I opened the beverage, just to look inside, it was a beautiful orange color that resembled a pumpkin. From it just sitting in the car with me, the aroma of the latte took over. It was not too strong, but a perfect smell of fall and spices filled the air.

The taste definitely had a pumpkin flavor to it. It was not too sweet, nor too bitter. I am usually not Starbuck’s biggest fan when it comes to coffee because it can come off too strong or bitter to me. This was definitely not the case, it was the perfect amount of sweet that I did not have to even add cream or sugar to it.

Dunkin’ Donuts was priced at $2.69.

The pumpkin spiced latte from here was also offered to me hot or cold. I could also tell right away from the size it was just a little bit smaller from what I was offered at Starbucks. I could smell a sweet fall scent from this latte too, just not as strong.

The taste to me of this drink did not resemble a pumpkin, but more of a Chai Latte. I am the Chai Latte’s biggest fan, but not when I was expecting a pumpkin flavor on my taste buds. The taste was a bit bitter, rather than sweet. Again, why it reminded me of a Chai. Also, from multiple pictures I have seen around of Dunkin’s PSL, I was expecting whipped cream and a drizzle of something sweet and did not get that on my drink.

When it comes to the winner of this war, I would have to say Starbuck’s won me over with their Pumpkin Spiced Latte. I usually do not go to Starbucks for drinks, considering the price and usually more bitter taste than Dunkin’ Donuts, but this definitely won me over. Dunkin’ Donuts PSL was not bad, just not very pumpkin flavored. When it comes to taste, Starbucks definitely created the perfect taste of fall in just one beverage.

If you are looking for a less expensive choice, Dunkin’ is the way to go. The price of their latte was pretty much half of Starbuck’s drink. It all depends on how much you really want to pay and what you are looking for when it comes to finding the best Pumpkin Spiced Latte that you enjoy!