I’ve always wondered why anyone would ever want to drink hot latte in 80-90 degree August weather.
So when Starbucks announced its latest launch, a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, I was more than a little psyched. Finally! I can celebrate Fall way too prematurely with the rest of society! (Fall starts on September 23rd this year, people!)
As you all know, both the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew arrived back in Starbucks on August 27. But the latter Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is the first pumpkin-flavored drink to debut in 16 years. (Technically, there was the unofficial Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte a few years back… forget that one.)
So what about it? It’s pretty similar to that Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew we all know and love, but with a pumpkin cream foam instead. They froth the vanilla sweet cream and toss in some pumpkin spice for maximum autumn flavor. There’s some pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg sprinkled on top, too. So it’s a full-on Fall fling with pumpkin spice.
I marched on over to my nearest Starbucks this morning with one goal: get my hands on that pumpkin cream cold brew. I’m typically a boring ‘ol black coffee cold-brew kinda gal, but I make the occasional exception come September. It would be wrong not to indulge now and again.
I ordered up a few PCCBs (not to be confused with PCBs. Okay, the name needs work, Starbucks). And they look great. The cold brew was perfectly separated from that heavenly pumpkin-y foam. After a few minutes it kind of all swirls together. You still get that rich, strong cold brew flavor but with a soothing sweet finish. And while, sure, I’ll need a Pumpkin Spice at some point to keep warm, I’m a complete and total convert. Forget the PSL, people. At least, until temperatures drop… in the FALL!