The Food Babe (http://foodbabe.com/2014/08/25/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte/) posted an eye-opening expose of the infamous Charbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte yesterday. If you like coffee, you should read it. (It you don’t like coffee, you should read it because you’ll have more ammo to use against your friends who do like coffee.)
My Sour Experience Last Year
I tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte last October for the first time in many years. Star-yucks has a thousand things you can hate them for, and their oily, grimy coffee taste is just one of those many things. But – let’s face it; a pumpkin spice latte can sure taste good! – NOT.
It was awful. Completely void of the joy one got years ago when they first came out.
Eating Real Food Spoils You – In a Good, Healthy Way
Part of the problem is that Jayne and I have been eating (basically) real food the past few years. At least a lot of our food is real as opposed to before about 2008.
Yeah, we still eat junk. Oreo cookies enter our house about once every month and a half, and a white cake with butter creme frosting more often than that. (It’s not our fault, though. It’s the fault of the stores. If you give them money, they just hand you this stuff. It’s not our fault.)
As you start eating real food, your body starts going back to being what God designed it to be: a food-burning machine that begins to crave real food and reject the bad. After a while, most faux food tastes bad to us. That’s the body’s natural reaction to poison and stuff with low nutrition.
In the past year, we’ve eaten at traditional fast food places fewer times than I can count on both hands… and if you know me personally, you know that’s not very many at all… less than you can count on one hand. It’s not that we’re staunch health soldiers – you’ll recall the Oreos and white cake with butter-creme frosting – but we just don’t like the faux food. Even most restaurants don’t taste good to us any more. After a year or more of eating proper food, the phony stuff (GMO, Monsanto-based, chickens raised in chicken concentration camp death houses, corn-fed cattle, and so on) tastes much worse than it use to.
So Back to the Pumpkin Latte – The Trash Can Got Far More than I
But it’s my guess that it’s more than our changing tastes after getting used to far healthier food. The Pumpkin Spice Latte’s taste was a complete chemical wash of my mouth. I tried about eight sips of that “large” Venti and just couldn’t do more so I tossed it in the can.
Note: Did you know Venti means 20 in Italian? Jayne and I didn’t spend all those semesters in Italian class for nothing! Their “Venti” size for hot drinks is 20 ounces – hence the name. Of course, Italians don’t use ounces. But if you’ve ever been to Italy, you’ll know that Starbux coffee has about as much relation to the coffee that Italians drink as fire has to water.
The Food Babe Got it Right
If you read the Food Babe’s description of the Charbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, you’ll not want one ever again. If so, then good.
I’m unsure why mine was so bad compared to the one I had so many years ago. It could be one or more of these reasons:
- We always chase after the first high but never get it again. (I learned that on The Wire.)
- Charbux changed the contents, from normal coffee, better milk (even milk from 15+ years ago wasn’t all that good for us because it was pasteurized and homogenized), and more real flavors to the Frankenstein Lab-created concoction it currently is.
- My body rejects such bad stuff now (this explains why many people still actually like Charbux and fast food; as with meth, after a while their bodies begin to lack such nutrients that they will crave massive quantities of anything in an attempt to get trance nutrients from whatever goes into their mouths (or arm)).
I suspect the reason I literally hated the taste was all three.
(I can’t explain why the Oreos and white cake with vanilla creme frosting are still good. Some mysteries in life escape even my superior, real-food-fed brain.)