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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Doing good’s good for you. That’s what someone told us, anyway, but we didn’t believe it until we saw Peet’s latest online coupon, which says, “Enjoy a free Peet’s beverage when you buy one for a friend.” And because we love free things and you love free things and our mutual unbridled affection for and devotion to free things everywhere unites us in a pact of free-things-sharing, we just thought you should know.

Also, did you know … Peet’s Coffee & Tea‘s very first store opened right here in Berkeley? In fact, that first store is still in operation today, where Walnut and Vine Streets intersect in North Berkeley.

Image source: Ballistik Coffe Boy under Creative Commons



… And away they’ll grow!

Remember those two fun guys who made a business out of used coffee ground-grown fungi last year? Well, according to former Daily Cal reporter and editor (Holla!) Rachel Gross over at the Bay Area blog, BTTR Ventures recently introduced a new product to their line, which, so far, includes mushrooms and, uh, mushrooms: read more »


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The library, as a study space, sucks. That is, unless you’re one of the some who thrive off of a collective atmosphere of stress, anxiety and dread, enjoy being somewhere so quiet that you can perfectly hear the sh*tty house music emanating from your neighbor’s earbuds, and prefer the smuggling of energy drinks over the freedom to drink coffee while you work. For the rest of us, we go to cafés.

However, we’ve experienced over the years that the wifi situation varies notably from café to café. At best, you’ll experience free, fast wifi that doesn’t make you jump through hoops to access. At worst, you’ll find places where you must inquire for a wifi password, only to connect to a slow or flickering connection that makes you watch a 30-second ad every hour. Not to mention the audacious f*cks that charge a fee.

For your convenience, the Clog has compiled a list of 12 near-to-campus cafés and the wifi sitch for each: read more »