The Modern Latte Goldilocks

pumpkinOK, enough messing around — I have found the perfect pumpkin spice latte. I know you’re all chuckling to yourselves right now, probably shaking your heads sadly as you realize yes, I’m obsessing about a tasty seasonal drink again. But since you all know me well enough to know my quirkiness and coffee devotion is just another of my cutesy quirks, humor me for, oh, one more blog post. (Or a few more — it depends on how much I’d like to wax philosophical here. I’m thinking very much.)

My friend Kelly’s birthday was this past weekend and, devoted friend that I am, I forgot. In order to make it up to her, I hopped in my car and got myself over to the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts this morning. I managed to get inside with all of my appendages, which was a miracle in itself — those people in the drive-through line do not play. I was pretty sure one angry SUV driver was going to mow me down as I dared to cross in front of him to, you know, get inside the shop. I can barely open my eyelids too, people. Let’s play nice.

So I narrowly make it inside, order Kelly’s birthday donuts and casually glance around at all the brightly-colored ads around the store advertising — what else? — the pumpkin-flavored stuff they have. I resisted the temptation to get a pumpkin donut or muffin but the allure of a frothy, delicious latte was way more than I could handle. I may put on a great show, but my self-restraint can only take me so far!

And let me tell you — it’s perfection. Yes, I will boldly say that Dunkin’ Donuts’ pumpkin spice latte is the best pumpkin spice latte. Ever. Starbucks’ is great, yes — and I do enjoy the frappuccino version, too. But it’s got a tinge of bitterness to it and, no matter how much cream or sugar you pour in that puppy, you’re always very much aware that you’re drinking coffee. And Panera’s latte? Yummy, yes, but it’s actually overly sweet. Like licking pumpkin syrup from the bottom of the cup. Much more of a dessert than anything.

So here I am: Meg, the Modern Latte Goldilocks. Because Dunkin’s version? Oh, yes — it’s just right.

Do yourself a favor and grab one. Like, today, if you can. Because I have a feeling a nationwide Dunkin’ Donuts latte shortage will be happening in the very near future . . . because, you know, I’m really thirsty. And fall comes but once a year!

7 thoughts on “The Modern Latte Goldilocks

  1. Dear Meg,
    I would like to take this moment to formerly thank you on behalf of all pumpkin latte lovers.
    Your research and opinion is both invaluable and highly appreciated.
    Please continue your diligence in the name of us all.
    Pumpkin Latte Lovers United


  2. Crazily enough, I was at a Dunkin Doughnuts yesterday in Dusseldorf, but I didn’t notice any lattes of any sort (maybe that’s not part of the German concept?). But I will be in Berlin next week where they also have DD so I will have to take a closer look.


  3. somehow you are making a coffee beverage sound tempting–and i don’t drink coffee. pass the hot chocolate!

    i understand the freaky seasonal beverage thing, though. i’m addicted to mcdonald’s shamrock shakes. i won’t eat their food but their (faux) shamrock shakes are fabu. and yes, i know that they aren’t made of real ice cream or anything…i still love ’em!

    happy fall, kitty!!!


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