It’s that time of year: the leaves are turning orange, the weather is getting a little nippy (well FINALLY), and coffee shops are dusting off their coveted pumpkin latte recipes for another autumn season. Here’s the lowdown on a bunch of variations of this seasonal favorite we tried at various cafes around Berkeley:

What their pumpkin spice latte cooould look like...

What their pumpkin spice latte cooould look like...

Drink: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Place: Starbucks (Center/Oxford)

Price: $3.75 (tall)

The low-down: Starbucks is the home of the most well-known Pumpkin Spice Latte, so we thought we’d give this one a try first. There is lots of spice, but unfortunately not enough pumpkin taste, which is crazy overpowered by the bitterness of the coffee. Is it delicious? Yes. Is it overpriced? Also yes. So if you  are in the market for a PSL that actually tastes like pumpkin, don’t bother. But if you’re in the mood for a nice coffee beverage? It’ll satisfy.

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Surprise! It looks like a latte.

Drink: Pumpkin Chai Latte

Place: Peet’s Coffee (Qualcomm Cafe)

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Perhaps the only building on campus that is in dire need of an easy-access coffee shop (other than Dwinelle Hall, which finally got its fix a few semesters ago) is the Valley Life Sciences building. Home to many sleepless molecular and cell biology majors, and others who’ve decided to throw their lives away to science–VLSB can be a gloomy place to study without an hourly dose of everyone’s favorite psychoactive stimulant.

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