Autumn spice lovers, fans of extra-foamy coffee, basic b*tches — have we got pumpkin for you to talk about.
The Pumpkin Spice Latte, the seasonal Starbucks latte spiked with traditional fall spices, is once again available at Starbucks stores across Thailand. Some of our Coco crew missed the drink so much that one of them tracked down this PSL dupe at a local coffee store, and dug deep into the interwebs to cover the history of the PSL in Thailand.
The American coffeehouse chain re-released the Pumpkin Spice Latte on its menu yesterday, which brought quite a lot of excitement for fans of the drink — especially among foreigners who are familiar with the scary level of fandom that the drink has in the United States. It also made its debut in Coconuts sister city Singapore for the first time a couple of years back.
The PSL consists of an espresso shot with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves) before it’s topped with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkled with more of that pumpkin pie spice blend.
The price of the drink starts at THB135, and goes up to THB200 depending on the type (hot, iced or blended) and size (short, tall, grande and venti) of the order.
A few years back, we did an internet backlog to investigate the history of PSL in Thailand, since it’s had an unusually spotty presence at the coffee chain in this country. Here’s what we found: while it’s not clear how many times the drink was served at Starbucks in Thailand, we can be sure that it was once available in 2006, as we were able to unearth ads from a thread in the Pantip forum dating back to that year.
In the promo image, the text says in Thai: “Starbucks invites you to experience the deliciously sweet-laden, charged with spice fragrance, of a new drink ‘Pumpkin Spice Latte’ — only available at every branch of Starbucks from Sept. 16 until Oct. 15.”