An Open Letter from a #PSL Abstainer

Aug 30, 2019Beverages, Categories, Seasonal Flavor Insights

Now that Pumpkin Spice Latte season has officially begun I wanted to express my true feelings about this fall favorite that cannot be ignored…

Dear #PSL,

(That’s short-hand for Pumpkin Spice Latte for anyone living under a rock.)

It’s not you, it’s me. Really.

All I wanted was my morning non-fat latte, light foam, and I’m stuck in a line of 50 basic BAEs gushing with delight because they’ve waited all year for your return of their favorite bevy. Their anticipation is only paralleled by my reservation. Sometimes their giddy demeanor makes me wonder just what are these cafes putting IN these lattes?

Fall has so many more flavors to offer us than this one specific combination of warm spices.

Do people realize that nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon can come together in other ways? I’m not saying I hate this particular blend, but I am dying for food and beverage manufacturers to move on. Can we use just ONE of these other flavors? At least occasionally?

Maybe 2020 can be a vacation from PSL and someone will experiment with another flavor? The only things more depressing than the dull repetitiveness of the recurring PSL fall appearance are the dark mornings and darker nights that signal winter is coming.

It’s become such a divisive issue and I can’t even work with colleagues without divulging into a heated debate because I am not a member of the PSL clan.

Me, The One And Only PSL Abstainer – Tess Sansbury



  1. Diane MacLachlan

    Time to invent a new fall favorite!

    • Tamara Morrow

      I agree!!

  2. Lisa Feiler

    Agree 100%


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