The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back, Baby!
I promptly ordered a Grande Nonfat Light Whip Pumpkin Spice Latte-- my favorite Starbucks drink ever. Since I worked at Starbucks for (gasp!) almost 3 years, trust me I've tried all of the drinks, and this is the winner by far.
I tried to describe the drink recipe to my mom this morning. She lives on the cattle ranch in the middle of Nebraska so has no Starbucks within a 300 mile radius. So she lives vicariously through me.
"It's like a piece of pumpkin pie in a cup!"
But this liquid ambrosia isn't as cheap as it once was.
Starbucks, in the light of a tough economy where fewer people have the extra coin in their pocket to splurge on luxuries like expensive coffee, has RAISED their prices.
According to a New York Times article, some people will continue to buy the more expensive coffee,
"Connie Williams, 57, a saleswoman in Los Angeles, is one of those customers. She said the price changes would not affect her daily habit of buying a 12-ounce nonfat cappuccino “with a little shake of chocolate” at Starbucks. “I’m hooked,” she said. “It’s like asking a cocaine addict, ‘If I raise my prices, are you going to buy less?’ ”
While Starbucks raised prices on many drinks, they dropped the price of their small cup of plain coffee by 5 cents. So it looks like the only thing this poor law student will be getting in the future is a simple tall coffee-- not the sugary goodness I love.
While the economy is tough, I plan to save my pennies for important things, like paying the electricity rather than buying my Pumpkin Spice Lattes...
... and I'll probably save myself a few extra holiday pounds as well!