The student news site of Dowling Catholic High School

The Dowling Catholic Post

Breaking News
  • May 3Graduation on May 24, 7:30 pm @ Knapp Center
  • May 3Baccalaureate Mass May 23, 7:30 pm at SFA
  • April 30Staff Writer Ella Johnson earns Top 10 Emerging Journalist award!
  • March 20Spring Sports are in full swing! Support the Maroons!
The student news site of Dowling Catholic High School

The Dowling Catholic Post

The student news site of Dowling Catholic High School

The Dowling Catholic Post

Pumpkin Spice is Nice… Everywhere

Staff writers Emily and Averi go to different coffee shops to try the season-favorite drinks
Getty Images/iStockphoto
Coffee paper cup on wood table in coffee cafe.

Ever wondered what the season-favorite drinks taste like at other coffee shops? Emily and Averi sampled all of the pumpkin spice lattes, hot and iced, so you don’t have to!

We went over to Starbucks and got the beloved Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte and were overjoyed with the first sip. It tasted like a very cold fall day in our mouths. We loved the whipped topping with spice glittered over the top. We both chugged the whole drink in 2 minutes. The only thing we disliked was how much ice they put in. We would give this drink a 9/10, but make sure you get it with light ice. 

We then tried the Hot Pumpkin Spice Latte. It tasted like hot water with a speck of pumpkin. It was horrible. It was overwhelmingly hot and had no flavor whatsoever. We would give this drink a 0/10 and we would  not recommend ordering this drink.


We decided it would be a great idea to taste test Caribou’s signature pumpkin drinks. We first tried the Iced Pumpkin White Mocha. We loved it right away and would definitely give this drink a 9/10 rating. The only thing we disliked about the drink was how little we felt the cozy, fall feel that we love. Next, we tried the Hot Pumpkin White Mocha and we were immediately obsessed. We enjoyed how warm it made us feel and we would give this drink a 10/10 recommendation for anyone who wants to feel that cozy, fall feeling.



Dunkin’s Iced Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte left something to be desired; while it was still enjoyable, the taste of pumpkin was not as present as it should have been. The pumpkin taste was there but it was more of an aftertaste. We would rate this drink a 4/10 because of its lack of pumpkin flavor. If you don’t like strong flavors then we would recommend this drink but if you prefer a stronger flavor we do not.

As taste testers we believe Dunkin is not known for their hot coffee so instead we tried their Iced Pumpkin Chai. Dunkin’s Pumpkin Chai was previously one of Emily’s favorite fall drinks (Averi did not try because of her hate for chai).  While the original flavor composition does not sound appealing to all, the flavor is actually quite good. The drink is very sweet, as if they put an extra shot of sugar in there. If we were to get it again, we would definitely recommend getting one less swirl of pumpkin so the pumpkin flavor does not overpower the overall flavor of the drink. We rated the chai a 7/10 because while it was a good drink it was extremely sweet and slightly overpowering.


Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Emily Ponxs
Emily Ponxs, Staff Writer
Emily Ponxs is a senior at Dowling Catholic. She is involved in Peer Ministry, Yearbook, Maroon Crew, Cards for a Cause, Students and Seniors, as well as dancing outside of school at Becky Nalevanko’s Dance Studio in Pleasant Hill. She is a huge sushi fan and also loves writing, taking tons of naps, hanging out with friends and going boating at her lake house. Emily plans on attending Central College in the fall of 2023 and will be studying Communications and Public Relations.
Averi Langin
Averi Langin, Editor-in-Chief
Averi Langin is a senior at Dowling Catholic High School. She has been involved in Newspaper for 2 years and is now the Editor-in-Chief of the paper. She has been involved in cross country, Ut Fidem, yearbook, National Honor Society and golf. Averi loves to read in her free time and golf with friends when it is nice out. Averi is hoping to choose a college to attend next fall and she hopes to double major in business and journalism.

Comments (0)

We appreciate your comments! Please keep comments brief and verify your email when prompted. Thank you!
All The Dowling Catholic Post Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *