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In this review of Starbucks and Dunkin’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brews side by side, you’ll see exactly where they differ.
Starbucks’ sip is made with ice, cold brew coffee (which is steeped for 20 hours), vanilla syrup and pumpkin cream cold foam — a blend of sugar, condensed skim milk, pumpkin spice sauce (with real pumpkin puree), and vanilla syrup.
The drink is finished with a pumpkin spice topping of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
Dunkin’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew has 12-hour steeped cold brew.
The pumpkin flavor swirl doesn’t contain pumpkin; it’s a mix of sweetened condensed nonfat milk, sugar, brown sugar, and other sweeteners. Also in the sip is light cream and a pumpkin-flavored cream cold foam, which has milk, sugar, cream, real pumpkin, and natural flavors.
It’s topped with a cinnamon-sugar blend.
Starbucks’ Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew has a subtle scent, but the coffee and pumpkin flavors come through strong.
The lightly sweet cold foam and spices mellow out the coffee and complement the subtle vanilla aftertaste. You can really taste the nutmeg on the cold foam.
Starbucks’ Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is well balanced with a light cinnamon aftertaste and a hint of vanilla.
Dunkin’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew has a strong pumpkin scent and is sweeter than Starbucks’ sip.
Pumpkin and spice flavors come through, but there’s an overwhelming flavor of cinnamon and cold brew. It’s balanced by the subtly sweet cold cream.
There’s a lingering pumpkin flavor and strong cinnamon aftertaste. Overall, the coffee is smooth.
Dunkin’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew comes out on top with 260 milligrams of caffeine in a medium size. That’s is stronger than the brand’s medium Dunkin’ Signature Pumpkin Spice Latte, which contains 166 milligrams of caffeine.
The vanilla and extra spices in Starbucks’ Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew make it stand out. It also has a richer coffee flavor, while Dunkin’s drink is more cinnamon-packed.
Dunkin’s drink, though, will cost you nearly $2 less than Starbucks and give you a bit more of a caffeine boost.
Overall, both coffees bring the fall vibes.