The Pumpkin Spice Pandemic

Are Pumpkin Spice Lattes really all that?


Will Brent Inzana, Editor

I’m sure you’ve heard of “pumpkin spice” by now. It’s a dangerous topic to have an opinion on, especially due to all of the “omg guys, go like my insta pics” girls.

The fall girl vibe is something so common and so, so overused. Yes, we get it, you went to a farm and found some corn to pose with.

One huge part of matching this persona is, of course, loving pumpkin spice lattes. This coffee drink from Starbucks was introduced in 2003 and has since been a favorite for so many quirky teens.


It seems like companies have tried to capitalize on the popularity because now we have stuff like pumpkin spice deodorant. Yes, I kid you not, people really want to smell like a fall spice.

Now here’s the thing, I don’t get it. Of course, I had to try it, and I really wanted it to live up to the hype. It didn’t.


It tasted like coffee with a little bit of pumpkin in it. Nothing special about it. Nothing to die over. I would even go as far to say that it was bland. In summary…..overhyped?


A lot of people seem to agree with me. A recent poll on the Chronicle Instagram showed that out of 115 people, 74 thought that pumpkin spice is overhated.

 Now how many of those people who voted overhyped on the poll actually tried the drink itself…not many, right?

 I’m willing to bet that they hate the mention of a pumpkin spice latte due, not to the taste or the quality, but to the culture around it.

 There are so many brands that sell pumpkin spice everything. Whether it’s hummus or pringles, they have it all…and people go crazy for it.

 It might just be me, but I’m tired of seeing pumpkin spice in every store, commercial, and Instagram post.

 Pumpkin spice, rather regrettably, isn’t going away, at least for a while. It’s popularity’s skyrocketing and will probably continue to.

Look, I don’t think it’s worth all the hype, but if you really love eating or drinking it, go for it. I won’t judge…very much.