The (Apparently) Dreaded PSL

I thought I was just asking an innocent question.

In my blind attempt to write a hopefully interesting web story for Taysted, I asked the Facebook world a seemingly simple question: “Writing a web story. Who makes your favorite PSL (pumpkin spice latte)?”

……….crickets chirping……….

Okay, so I don’t even think I got one actual answer about where I could go for a delicious pumpkin spice latte. I got “EW!” and my favorite, “You know where PSL’s belong? The trash.” Pumpkin Spice Latte’s (also known as PSL) were made famous by Starbucks, who describe the drink as follows:
Our signature espresso and milk are highlighted by flavor notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove to create this incredible beverage that’s a fall favorite.”

There literal countdowns for this latte to unveil itself each year! How and why has it become so dreaded? I started my Google search on both the pro- and anti-PSL culture. There are massive amounts of individuals on both sides of the PSL argument, but I found this one particularly amusing.

Sean Bauer from Philadelphia had me roaring with laughter. Since 2014, he has been protesting the PSL movement because it has been happening sooner and sooner each year. He stands outside of Starbucks with a sign that says “Stop Premature Pumpkin Spicing.” He’s not even against the PSL itself. He’s mostly against the fact that it comes out before summer is even over to please the Starbucks fans who just can’t wait any longer for their first PSL of the year.

I mean. I kind of get it. I hate seeing Christmas decorations before Halloween, and Halloween costumes before the 4th of July. It’s just a funny part of our culture that has become more accepted.
Bring on the PSL! Just maybe… once the leaves start actually falling?