Review: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

It’s finally that time of year again: Pumpkin Spice Season. Many of the places celebrating the season are coffee shops, and no coffee shop is more famous than Starbucks. Being a pumpkin spice lover myself, I hit up Starbucks for a Grande Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee with 2% milk. I don’t like my iced coffee to be too sweet so I asked for three pumps of syrup instead of four. The drink set me back $2.99.

How Does It Taste?

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

It’s hard for me to advocate spending $3 on a cup of simple iced coffee. Let’s see what ingredients iced coffee is comprised of: fresh brewed coffee, a ton of ice, a splash of milk, and some kind of sweetener or flavoring. A 16 oz iced coffee would probably cost less than $.50 to make at home for the same amount. But I’m not here to bash the prices, I’m here to review the drink.

Thanks to the flavored syrup, the Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee is a nice brown-orange hue that is reminiscent of fall. The drink tasted like fall as well. I ordered my iced coffee with one pump of syrup less than standard, and the drink turned out to be the perfect sweetness for me. Some places will serve you “iced coffee” that tastes like liquid sugar, but this iced coffee turned out great with just enough sweetener to offset the bitterness.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

The pumpkin spice flavor adds a pumpkin flavor that leans more towards pumpkin spice than pumpkin pie filling. Notes of spices like nutmeg can be picked up, but pumpkin is by far the dominating flavor. The flavor of the iced coffee as a whole is more of a pumpkin flavor than a coffee flavor. I’d estimate the flavor profile to be around 60/40 pumpkin to coffee. If you prefer your pumpkin spice iced coffee with more of a coffee flavor, less syrup or less milk should do the trick.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

Overall Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee was a refreshing fall drink that did a great job of capturing fall in a cup of iced coffee. I highly recommend ordering this one while it’s still around.


Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee is a pumpkin spice flavored iced coffee drink that is sure to please pumpkin spice lovers. The drink has a wonderful pumpkin flavor with hints of fall spices. The drink came out with the perfect sweetness for me, but I asked for three pumps of syrup instead of four. The pumpkin flavor overshadows the flavor of the coffee, but the drink still felt balanced. The Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee from Starbucks gets two thumbs up from me.

The Score

Taste: 9/10
Presentation: 8/10

What I liked: Spot on pumpkin flavor, cold and refreshing, not too sweet
What I didn’t like: Pumpkin syrup dominated the coffee flavor just a bit too much, paying $3 for coffee over ice.

Nutrition Facts

Grande (16 oz) Iced Coffee from Starbucks – 2% milk, sweetened
Calories: 120
Calories from Fat: 10
Total Fat: 1.5g
Sat. Fat: 0.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 24g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 24g
Protein: 2g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.

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