REVIEW: Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

What is the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew?

A cousin to the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, the new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew features Starbucks’ tried-and-true Cold Brew with vanilla sweet cream and a pumpkin-flavored cold foam with pumpkin spice on top.

How is it?

I fully embrace pumpkin spice season, even when it makes its debut in August. And OH MY GOSH, you guys, this Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is a real winner. I *might* even break up with the PSL this year and stick with the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. It’s that good.

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The biggest takeaway from the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is that it’s not as sweet as the PSL. It tasted like a piece of pumpkin pie – just enough of a hint of flavor without an artificial taste. The Cold Brew itself, sweetened with vanilla syrup, is smooth and easy to drink. And while I typically have to be in the mood for Cold Foam, I LOVED this one. I liked that it stayed nicely as the top layer without sinking too much into the Cold Brew.

One thing to note, I tried this drink twice. Once I got it with the straw-less lid. The second day, my Starbucks was out of those, so I got lid and straw. While it didn’t affect the flavor too much, I do prefer drinking it out of the straw-less lid because you get equal parts Cold Brew and Cold Foam.

A grande packs a decent caffeine punch at roughly 185 milligrams, so it got me through my day, both productive and excited about wearing scarves again soon.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Points to my mom for doing the recon on this one: The Cold Brew already has the vanilla syrup added in, so you can’t customize with sugar-free vanilla. Embrace the full sugar, my friends – it’s worth it.


When can I go back and get another?

Purchased Price: $4.45
Size: Grande
Purchased at: Starbucks
Rating: 10 out of 10
Nutrition Facts:: (Grande) 250 calories, 12 grams of total fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of total carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 31 grams of total sugars, 3 grams of protein.

11 thoughts to “REVIEW: Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew”

  1. Hi! I am a Starbucks barista. You can totally substitute sugar-free vanilla syrup as our cold brew is brewed plain and without added syrups! I recommend substituting cinnamon dolce syrup in place of the vanilla, too! It really turns the fall flavors up a notch without it being too sweet like you mentioned!

  2. I’ve had multiple but the last I substituted the vanilla syrup for caramel. Loved it. Might try the cinnamon dolce syrup next but I typically prefer less of the spice flavors. You can actually taste pumpkin in this one. The PSL can be overwhelming with spice sometimes.

    1. my friend got a venti last time we were there. Also, I drank this black, the foam felt like it added everything I needed. I’ve NEVER had black coffee….

  3. This was so delicious and I agree with above, you can customize the syrups. I normally save the psl for extra special occasions because of the calorie count, but the stats, and this drink in general are so much better! Great way to transition into fall when I’m still not ready yet!

  4. This was amazing. I’ve had it twice this weekend already! I wish it was available all year round 🙁

  5. I swap the vanilla in the coffee for SF Cinnamon Dolce syrup. It kicks it up that much closer to a PSL.

    Also… just sayin… it would be AWESOME if Starbucks offered a completely sugar free option of this… is it really that difficult to be diabetic friendly? I can’t handle PSL anymore and I mourned that hard last year… this works better.

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