We Tasted These Pumpkin-Spice Coffees & Here's Which One You Should Sip

Have you had your first PSL of the season yet? The season is fully upon us, and since we've already weeded our way through the flavored product overload, we decided that it was high time to hold an official office PSL taste-testing-palooza. We have tried three different versions of pumpkin spice coffee, because, for this season at least, the fall food trend is not losing any steam. And as the saying goes, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Ahead we break down seasonal offerings from three heavy hitters — Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and McDonald's — into categories of most pumpkiny, spicy, and coffee-like brews. Whether you're already an avid sipper or a PSL newbie, scroll forth for all the tasting notes you'll need in navigating autumn's beverage mascot. Long live the pumpkin spice latte!

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte (Most Expensive)
Grande, $4.95
Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Notes
Intense initial pumpkin flavor with less of a pumpkin aftertaste. It tasted more realistic, like real pumpkin puree, than the other offerings.

Spice Notes
Balanced initial notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove with a strong clove aftertaste.

Coffee Notes
Very mild underlying espresso taste.

Best For
Someone who is looking for a more "naturally" sweet-tasting pumpkin spice option.
Dunkin Donut's Pumpkin Latte
Medium, $3.79
Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
Dunkin Donut's Pumpkin Latte

Pumpkin Notes
Very subtle pumpkin flavor.

Spice Notes
Intense spice taste with heavy clove notes.

Coffee Notes
Slightly bitter coffee taste.

Best For
Someone who doesn't love pumpkin flavor, but still wants to get in on the seasonal coffee trend.
McDonald's McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte (Cheapest)
Medium, $3.39
Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
McDonald's McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Notes
Super sweet pumpkin flavor with an intense pumpkiny aftertaste, almost like pumpkin candy.

Spice Notes
Very light on the spice notes with mostly a subtle cinnamon flavor.

Coffee Notes
Very subtle to nearly undetectable.

Best For
Someone with a major sweet tooth who also isn't big on coffee flavor but wants to sip on the seasonal trend.