Seasonal Coffee Blends


The smell of rich, savory coffee fills the air as one walks into the local coffee shop.

The sound of coffee beans grinding in the machine echoes throughout the room and the lines of sleepy people wrap around the inside of the room.

While in line, some may have an idea of what they want and what they may need to get their energy boost for the day.

Only this time around, the distinct smell of pumpkin, peppermint and a hint of gingerbread may change a mind or two about what to get.

With the holidays quickly approaching, some may try a few coffees from what are known as the seasonal blends.

Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Latte, Egg Nog Latte and Salted Caramel Mocha are just a few of the most popular seasonal drinks at Starbucks.

“I always go to Starbucks when I want coffee,” Crystal King, 19, kinesiology major said. “I’ve had their Gingerbread Latte, and it is really good.”

For other students, buying these types of seasonal coffees provides them with the feeling of being merry.

I like the Christmas holiday coffee drinks, like the peppermint mocha. I normally get my holiday drinks from Starbucks,” Amber Escalona, 19, English major, said. “They charge a little bit more than the regular drinks, but it’s not going to stop me from ordering drinks. When I order those drinks it makes me feel more festive, like the holiday music and everything just comes together and I feel cheery.”

Although the price of these specialty drinks can be a bit more than the average cup of joe, some students think it is worth the cost as these coffees aren’t served all-year long.

“Seasonal drinks are good. They are different. Whoever thought about making them was creative. I always pick the gingerbread one from Starbucks, it’s delicious,” Denzel Franklin, 19, psychology major said. “The prices are fair and they are not that much (in cost.) Besides, the holidays come around once a year.”