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Ahmed Altuhafi photographed by Isabella Kneeshaw.
Ahmed Altuhafi
Co-Feature & Web Editor

Barista’s Guide to the Starbucks fall menu

Ahmed Altuhafi
Alyssa Diaz & Arlo Dibble

With the leaves turning golden, there is something that marks the beginning of fall for everyone. . . the annual release of the Starbucks fall menu! This year, Starbucks released two new fall drinks: the Iced Apple Crisp Oatmilk Shaken Espresso and the Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Latte. Well, if you haven’t tried the fall menu yet, here is an honest review from two Starbucks baristas. 


Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino: 9.5/10

This flavor is a fun spin on the classic latte. Although it probably isn’t the first fall drink that comes to mind, it is highly recommended. It probably wouldn’t be the drink that would come in clutch during the fall breeze, but if you are indoors while drinking this frappuccino, it is a 9.5/10! It would easily be a 10/10 if you make sure to ask your local barista to add dark caramel. 


Apple Crisp Oatmilk Frappuccino: 2/10

Unlike the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, this drink is a complete flop. It doesn’t have the sweetness you would expect from it and leaves your mouth filled with a bitter aftertaste. Also, who allowed Starbucks to make a frappuccino that has oat milk in it? Overall, it is barely a 2/10. 


Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Latte: 8.5/10

This new fall drink has been an absolute hit! It is the perfect drink that makes you feel as though you have a pumpkin pie in your mouth. The only negative thing about this drink is that it is definitely on the sweeter side. This drink is made for those with a sweet tooth. 


Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato: 3/10

This macchiato is yet another Starbucks flop. The apple spice is too bitter and always leaves that frothy aftertaste that lingers in your mouth and leaves a layer of film on your teeth. The name might seem intriguing, but it is not something that I would get your hopes up about. 


Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew: 7/10

I recommend mixing the foam into the cold brew. This makes it more like a latte, but you still taste the pumpkin cream and the cold brew. They have very distinct flavors. It definitely is a more mature fall drink, the cold brew is an acquired taste.


Apple Crisp Oat Milk Shaken Espresso: 9/10

I recommend using regular espresso instead of blonde espresso. It might make it less bitter, but overall it’s a really good drink with a perfect balance of the sweet apple brown sugar syrup and espresso.

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Alyssa Diaz
Alyssa Diaz, Co-Feature Editor
Hi, my name is Alyssa! I am a junior and this is my first year on the staff and I am so excited to be writing for The Wolf! I cannot wait to share my writing in the newspaper this year! Outside of the newspaper, I enjoy watching horror movies and spending time with my friends! :)
Arlo Dibble, Staff Writer
Ahmed Altuhafi
Ahmed Altuhafi, Co-Feature & Web Editor
Hello, my name is Ahmed Altuhafi. I am a junior at Tualatin High school, and an athlete who enjoys soccer, tennis, and swimming. I enjoy playing video-games in my free time and hanging out with friends and family. One reason I joined the Newspaper team is because Mr Malone (the journalism and IB English teacher) recommended that I do it, and I found out that I really enjoy writing about short stories. So ultimately I found that newspaper sounds like a great choice.

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