Starbucks Vs. Dunkin’: PSL Edition


The perfect fall drink!

Mackenzie Anderson, Opinions Editor

The Starbucks vs Dunkin’ debate has been a popular topic for years now, with questions such as which is cheaper, healthier, and most of all, which one should you go to. When it comes to the fall, there is one drink that makes pumpkin lovers, and especially fall fanatics, go crazy- the Pumpkin Spice Latte! This latte is essentially a drink with all the tastes of fall in one cup;  pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Both Starbucks and Dunkin’ advertise and sell this fall specialty, but still the question remains; which is better? When it comes to the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte, Starbucks is allowed to take credit for coming up with the concoction first, and Dunkin’ essentially copied the drink, put their own twist on the classic recipe, and sold it for a much cheaper price. A grande PSL at Starbucks costs a whopping $5.93 (after taxes), while Dunkin’ costs $3.91 (after taxes). Although to some the price might be the biggest factor in their decision making, others might argue that taste is what really matters. After tasting both of the drinks, I can honestly say that Starbucks wins this category. The Starbucks PSL has a sort of sophisticated but sweet taste and it doesn’t have an overwhelmingly strong coffee taste. It also has a great pumpkin spice mask that satisfies any fall fanatic. Where Starbucks brings that authentic fall taste to the table, Dunkin’ sadly brings a sugary and fake taste. In the Dunkin’ PSL, the taste of coffee is almost absent. So, if sweeter coffee is more your route, Dunkin’ is the better option for you. Overall, both of these drinks give you that fall feel you’re looking for, while still providing some caffeine for the morning. But I recommend going to Starbucks if you’re looking for more of a coffee taste, but if you’re not ready to spend five dollars a day on a coffee, then I most definitely recommend Dunkin’.