Review: La Colombe Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte
Covers Products: Pumpkin Spice
With their new Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte, La Colombe is taking aim at one of the most popular -- and divisive -- seasonal coffee offerings.
Most third wave, independent, and premium coffee roasters have tried to steer clear of pumpkin spice, so it’s somewhat against the grain for La Colombe to attempt this. That means that there’s additional pressure on to make it something really special.
From that perspective, putting this into their Draft Latte line is a great starting point. But the biggest differentiator here is the use of pumpkin puree, which they’ve called attention to on the front of the can.
The resulting flavor is definitely more about pumpkin than spice, although they’ve done a really nice job of balancing all of the flavors. This is, just like the rest of the La Colombe Draft Latte lineup, a coffee drink first and foremost. The addition of milk, sugar, pumpkin, and spices add additional layers of flavor but in no way drown out the coffee. And the frothy body from the use of nitrous oxide really helps it have a silky smooth feeling in your mouth.
On the packaging front, the product uses the same 9 oz. can that is used throughout the Draft Latte lineup. In this case, the use of orange to denote pumpkin is super obvious, which is a plus. Otherwise, it’s clean, polished, and intuitive in how it presents itself.
Overall, we think La Colombe has done a really nice job with this product. While we probably wouldn’t drink this on a regular basis (there’s only so much pumpkin one can take), it’s a nifty seasonal offering that should generate both some buzz and plenty of satisfied customers.