Crystal, a sprightly server at Starbucks
in Miami Shores, says the pumpkin spice latte, which is only available a few months a year and went on sale in September, is really popular. Why? "There's no fall here," she says, "so we give people a sense of the season." Bloggers Chuck Strouse and Carissa Chesanek do battle over the relative virtues of this nutmeg, caffeine-flavored stuff.Miami New Times editor Chuck Strouse says:
Pumpkin space latte is a perversion. Coffee is not meant to be spiced and prettied up. Leave that to tea. Hot chocolate maybe. If you are absolutely desperate to spread that crap around, rum is even okay. But coffee. Ay, chico!
We live here in Cuba, um Miami, where in many parts of the city you can walk to the ventanilla
, order up your colada or cortadito, and chat for a few minutes with a friend in that crazy Spanglish that dominates this town. Down the Pilon and you you're juiced. Why in God's name would you spend $4.12 for a small (No I won't call it a tall. Call me a friggin curmudgeon.) or $5.30 for a large (and i sure as shit won't say venti, even if you give me five of em free.)? No spend a buck, down some sweetened motor oil, and head out with a smile on your face. Moreover, you don't have to give your money to some motherin' Seattle-based corporate behemoth. You help along a homegrown business. Pumpkin spice latte, fuhgeddaboutit.More »