The Most Overrated Drink At Starbucks

There's nothing quite like smelling the delightful aroma that comes from a fresh cup of hot coffee in the morning. Even just hearing the sound of the coffee beans being ground, can instantly make you feel more ready to conquer the day ahead. And let's be honest, it's especially helpful if you're not typically a morning person and need a shot of java to help you wake up. But if you don't have time to brew your cup of joe at home, luckily, there are a ton of coffee chains to choose from. One of the most popular — with around 31,256 locations across the globe — is Starbucks (via Statista).

Known for an array of coffee options, the casual café is a favorite for many. It has everything from a Caffè Americano to a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino, per Starbucks' menu. It even has fun seasonal flavors like the Caramel Brulee Latte for Christmas or the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha. But one drink in particular has become completely synonymous with fall — the Pumpkin Spice Latte. However, while some may enjoy this autumn flavor, many others don't seem to understand the hype.

What reviewers had to say about Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte

A commenter wrote on SheSpeaks that they typically always look forward to all things pumpkin drink related, but this particular beverage seemed to rub them the wrong way. "I'm sad to say the Pumpkin spiced latte at Starbucks disappoints," they said. "It doesn't taste like pumpkin. It's just mediocre and milky." Another reviewer was a little more blunt in their opinion of the fall drink, writing, "I love pumpkin flavored stuff but this latte tastes like dirt to me!" 

Others mentioned they were disappointed with how many calories the drink had and the type of syrup the coffee chain uses. "I used to be a fan, but this year, my lattes have not been great," they wrote. "Also, after reading all of the additives in the lattes, I decided to make my own pumpkin spice syrup. I save the money and the calories!" According to Starbucks, a grande Pumpkin Spice Latte will set you back 380 calories and has 14 grams of fat. So, if you're craving something for the cooler months of autumn, you may want to skip this one and just make your own version of it at home.