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Halloween Horror Story: The Case of the Missing Pumpkin Lattes
Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2012 | By LISA FLEISHER

Posted on 10/08/2012 9:03:54 AM PDT by Altariel

Starbucks Fans Bemoan Shortage of Seasonal Favorite; Expressions in Haiku

For Asher Anidjar, the arrival of fall isn't marked by turning leaves or a chilly breeze, but a steaming seasonal drink. Recently, though, when he headed to his local Starbucks SBUX -0.04% for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, he left with a bitter taste in his mouth. They were out of the special sauce that gives the treat its distinctive autumnal flavor.

"I just left, depressed," said Mr. Anidjar, a 26-year-old commercial real-estate analyst who lives in Manhattan.

The drink crops up on the Starbucks menu annually for a limited time, and this year there has been an unusual run on the pumpkin batch. Thanks in part to a frothy dose of buzz brewed up by the Seattle-based coffee giant before the beverage's Sept. 4 debut, the craze has drained supplies at stores across the country.

Baristas are hitting the street, searching for stashes of the flavored sauce at other stores. Customers denied their fix—which costs about $4 for a small cup, or "tall" in Starbucks speak—are tweeting about their dismay.

"My world almost ended this morning when the local Starbucks told me they were out of Pumpkin Spice Latte," tweeted Jason Sizemore, 38 years old, of Lexington, Ky.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: lattes; pumpkinlattes; starbucks

1 posted on 10/08/2012 9:03:59 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

wah! wah! wah! it’s just a coffee for crying out loud!


2 posted on 10/08/2012 9:07:05 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: camle
"wah! wah! wah! it’s just a coffee for crying out loud!"

Actually it's a cup of flavored sugar and bears little, if any, resemblance to coffee.

3 posted on 10/08/2012 9:15:42 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Altariel

I have never been in a Starbucks. It was just that I never happened to be around one but now it is a matter of principles.


4 posted on 10/08/2012 9:17:08 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Ignorance is bliss- I'm stoked)
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To: Altariel

5 posted on 10/08/2012 9:17:17 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: camle

“wah! wah! wah! it’s just a coffee for crying out loud!”

Life is bad, and then you die...


6 posted on 10/08/2012 9:27:04 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: camle

Depressed over a cup of coffee, WTF is wrong with this stupid SOB.


7 posted on 10/08/2012 9:28:31 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: circlecity

somebody ought to tell these self indulgent, overaged adolescents to grow up.


8 posted on 10/08/2012 9:38:06 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
I lived in Seattle and still won't drink Starbucks!

Actually they were giving away liitle samples of this pumpkin latte years ago, and I took a sip and LITERALLY wanted a cigarette!! I hadn't smoked in years but something triggered and I immediately threw the latte away. Never had that feeling since.

9 posted on 10/08/2012 9:39:32 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Altariel

Cry me a river!


10 posted on 10/08/2012 9:40:22 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: All
Why can't they use a littler imagination? Here's an easy
recipe and they wont go broke buying these at Starbucks.

STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SPICED LATTE / allrecipes.com / makes three servings

Blender 3 cups hot whole milk, 4 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tea supermarket pumpkin pie spice.

Pour the mixture into 3 coffee mugs to about 2/3 full. Pour 2 ounces dble-strength coffee into each mug. Garnish each mug with whipped topping and pumpkin pie spice.

Add some cinnamon graham crackers on the side.

11 posted on 10/08/2012 9:40:43 AM PDT by Liz ("Come quickly, I'm tasting the stars." Dom Perignon)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

You didn’t miss anything you can get better coffee at McDonalds.


12 posted on 10/08/2012 9:40:50 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Altariel; mikrofon; martin_fierro
Starbucks Fans Bemoan Shortage of Seasonal Favorite; Expressions in Haiku

Promise of autumn,
O dearest pumpkin latte!
"Out"?? I kill myself.

13 posted on 10/08/2012 9:43:40 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Venti my frustration.)
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To: Altariel

I don’t like pumpkin anything - except my own homemade pumpkin pie, of course. This morning, I heard two people at the gym talking about pumpkin beer...urp! They said it tasted just like pumpkin pie, which they seemed to think was a good thing.


14 posted on 10/08/2012 9:45:12 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius

Pumpkin kimchi is wonderful...kind of hard to find in the US, though


15 posted on 10/08/2012 9:48:00 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Altariel; mikrofon; martin_fierro
You taste just like fall--
Sweet, spicy, pumpkiny--
When will you return?

Cruel fate of fall,
Not a lotta latte left--
Frothing at the mouth.

16 posted on 10/08/2012 10:02:24 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Venti my frustration.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes, I imagine pumpkin kimchi would be hard to find here. I used to live near a Korean grocery in New York where they received a kimchi delivery once a week - and when the truck pulled up and they opened its gate, people a block away knew it!

But it’s probably good. Pumpkin is pretty bland otherwise. That’s why pumpkin pie is so heavily spiced.


17 posted on 10/08/2012 10:16:23 AM PDT by livius
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To: Altariel; mikrofon; martin_fierro
October surprise:
Out of pumpkin spice latte!
Anger, nothingness. . . .
18 posted on 10/08/2012 10:16:56 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Venti my frustration.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Maybe Starbuck’s could put this great haiku on their seasonal cups? I think you missed a calling...


19 posted on 10/08/2012 10:18:43 AM PDT by livius
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To: Charles Henrickson

Obama’s fault


20 posted on 10/08/2012 10:20:40 AM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: Altariel

We spent a couple of weeks this August driving the Oregon Trail through Wyoming, reading pioneer diaries, looking at exhibits. I came away knowing that I need never whine again.

These guys need to hit the Hard Edge of Reality in a really bad way. Probably voted for Obama? Have they no LIVES??


21 posted on 10/08/2012 10:21:07 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Ann Archy

You wanted a cigarette? Must have been REALLY good LOL!


22 posted on 10/08/2012 10:25:54 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: livius

Serve it with a piece of bacon. Yum, I kid you not!


23 posted on 10/08/2012 10:32:22 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Altariel; mikrofon; martin_fierro
Great Pumpkin Latte,
Oh come, visit me tonight!
Sincerely I wait.
24 posted on 10/08/2012 10:33:25 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Venti my frustration.)
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To: bboop
When my family went west in the 1840's Only 25 people died enroute. In the train behind them a 173 people died, there were worse, Cholera got a lot of them, exhaustion many more. What many people don't realize, as opposed to the movies, that unless you dropped a kid you walked behind some smelly oxen, horses couldn't feed. My GGrandmother lost half her family, buried beside the Platte.
25 posted on 10/08/2012 10:33:25 AM PDT by Little Bill
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To: Charles Henrickson; Altariel; martin_fierro

Horror of Horrors-
No more Pumpkin-spiced Latte!
The world ends, for some…


26 posted on 10/08/2012 10:34:07 AM PDT by mikrofon ($tarbuck$)
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To: Altariel; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon

PUMPKIN COFFEE??!

27 posted on 10/08/2012 10:37:16 AM PDT by martin_fierro (ptui)
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To: Altariel; mikrofon; martin_fierro; livius; CJ Wolf
Four bucks or five bucks,
I need my fix at Starbucks!
PSL IV!
28 posted on 10/08/2012 10:48:47 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Venti my frustration.)
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To: bgill

I’m thinking pumpkin beer is kind of sweet and dessert spicy? I guess that could work with a piece of bacon!


29 posted on 10/08/2012 10:56:05 AM PDT by livius
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To: Altariel

The idea of a pumpkin latte SEEMS so cozy and delicious to me, because I love both coffee and the fall season. “Seems” is the keyword, though. I hate Starbucks coffee, but I gave in to the hype and bought a pumpkin latte once. The thing was so sickeningly, syrupy sweet I almost gagged, and ended up pouring it out. I bet the calorie and carb count of the thing rivals that of a couple of huge slices of cake with frosting.


30 posted on 10/08/2012 11:12:06 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: livius

I don’t like pumpkin anything - except my own homemade pumpkin pie, of course. This morning, I heard two people at the gym talking about pumpkin beer...urp! They said it tasted just like pumpkin pie, which they seemed to think was a good thing.

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Their taste buds are broken.

None of the pumpkin ales I’ve had (and I try a few new ones each year, and have for a number of years now) are anywhere close to pumpkin pie. A hint of pumpkin (more or less) served with a nice bitter hoppiness.

I assume they make this comparison to pumpkin pie because they have no other basis for comparison.


31 posted on 10/08/2012 11:16:55 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Altariel

Probably Obama voters.


32 posted on 10/08/2012 11:17:07 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Try one at Caribou coffee instead (extra bonus - you can use the words small medium and large instead of Starbucks speak).

The coffee is better and I don’t remember it being cloyingly sweet.


33 posted on 10/08/2012 11:22:41 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz

Thanks, dmz-—I wish we had one of those around here. If we did, I’d definitely try it.

Oh, how I HATE that “grande” bullcrap at Starbucks.


34 posted on 10/08/2012 11:26:02 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Altariel
"My world almost ended this morning when the local Starbucks told me they were out of Pumpkin Spice Latte,"

Wow. Someone needs to get a life.

35 posted on 10/08/2012 11:33:33 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Altariel

“I just left, depressed,”

&&&
I this crybaby needs a lot more than a latte.


36 posted on 10/08/2012 11:37:23 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Vaduz

McDonald’s coffee got a very high ranking in “Consumer Reports” some months ago.

I buy a cup of coffee so seldom that I really don’t have much of a basis for comparison, but I am pretty sure the 12-oz cup I bought yesterday at my grocery store for $0.89 was a good deal.


37 posted on 10/08/2012 11:41:56 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Ann Archy

“... I took a sip and literally wanted a cigarette!!”

It was that good, was it?! (chuckle, chuckle)


38 posted on 10/08/2012 11:43:15 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Altariel

MMMMMM Starbuck’s Pumpkin Latte. Worth every penny!
(Flame suit on)


39 posted on 10/08/2012 11:49:34 AM PDT by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: Altariel
At my local, independent (ie real) coffee shop, Starbucks is known as the BBCC, the Burnt Bean Coffee Company. I think that Starbucks over-roasts their beans so much that their coffee is undrinkable.
40 posted on 10/08/2012 12:04:25 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Altariel
which costs about $4 for a small cup, or "tall" in Starbucks speak

Um, no. "Tall" is "regular". Starbucks does, in fact, have a "short" aka "small" cup at a lower price which is available on request, albeit not announced. If the store doesn't have it, they will often apologize and give you a "tall" at the same price.

41 posted on 10/08/2012 12:23:48 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Liz

Nice. Will spring it on m’lady tomorrow.

Not sure how one makes “dble-strength” coffee. Then again, you can in fact stand a spoon in my “regular” black coffee.


42 posted on 10/08/2012 12:28:07 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: CatherineofAragon
I bet the calorie and carb count of the thing rivals that of a couple of huge slices of cake with frosting.

You got me curious. 16oz. is 310 calories and 49 grams of carbs. More carbs than I eat in most meals.

43 posted on 10/08/2012 12:36:56 PM PDT by tnlibertarian (Government's solution to everything: Less freedom.)
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To: livius

I meant bacon with the pie. But then, bacon with anything is bound to be good.


44 posted on 10/08/2012 12:55:33 PM PDT by bgill
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To: ctdonath2

Mmmmm.....you’re gonna be a hit with this.

Dble strngth coffee? When brewing use dble amount of coffee grains you usually use.

My easy way-—I buy the Folger’s tubes of instant coffee-—then add a tube to whatever coffee I’m drinking-—gives a nice jolt of Joe.

The tubes are handy to keep in a purse, computer case, etc.


45 posted on 10/08/2012 1:39:07 PM PDT by Liz ("Come quickly, I'm tasting the stars." Dom Perignon)
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To: Larry Lucido

It was REALLY good!!!!


46 posted on 10/08/2012 1:46:49 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Liz

Awesome recipie I’m going to have to look up the egg nog latte which is my face.


47 posted on 10/08/2012 3:03:36 PM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: tnlibertarian

49!

Same here. That’s more than a meal for me.


48 posted on 10/08/2012 4:43:36 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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