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Pumpkin Spice Latte debate: Is it too soon?

Posted at 6:45 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 19:45:10-04

MILWAUKEE — Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts have already released their annual fall favorite, the Pumpkin Spice Latte ... in August.

With a drink that is so reminiscent of pumpkin patches, fall leaves and sweater weather, TODAY'S TMJ4 hit the streets of Milwaukee to learn what people thought of this early release. Results? Kind of surprising, depending on where you fall in this debate.

For the hours that TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter James Groh sat outside a Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, only a few actually bought the fall-inspired drink. Clearly, those people are in favor of the early release.

"It’s never too soon for pumpkin spice and fall season — ever," Dominique Alioto said.

The saying goes: One man's trash is another man's treasure. When it comes to PSLs, one person's late summer is another person's early fall. Alioto will take any excuse to start fall festivities a little early.

"Halloween and haunted houses and cookies and movies," she said.

Shane Cournia is also starting the fall fun early.

"You just gotta be cool like the hipsters and get a pumpkin spice frappuccino.”

Even the people who didn't order a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) aren't opposed to drinking one a little out of season.

"Just because I'm not drinking pumpkin spice right now, doesn’t mean you can’t," Salina Victoria said.

However, as expected, not everyone is pleased with this early release. Liz Cain is more of a traditionalist when it comes to seasonal festivities.

"It’s more of a fall thing I feel like,” she said. "I'm not a big fan."

"Just because I'm not drinking pumpkin spice right now, doesn’t mean you can’t." — Salina Victoria

For Cain, she is waiting for the trees to shed their leave,s turning the ground into a crunchy cornucopia of color.

"I’m going with October or the first like degrees in the 50s day," she said.

So, what's the verdict? That's tough to say. However, take a look at this Facebook poll and that will give you a better answer.