Is it just me, or has there been more vitriol than usual directed at the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL, or #PSL if you're extra cool) this year? The sweet, syrupy, not-at-all-pumpkiny Starbucks concoction has been embraced as a sign of autumn in recent times, but I've never heard this much backlash.
From a blogger's "open letter to people who can't stop talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes" that was passed around the Internet a few weeks ago, to the petition on Change.org for vegan PSLs ("nothing about 'pumpkin' or 'spice' has to come from an animal!"), it seems that 2013 might finally be the year that people realize that PSLs are not actually very good (or good for you).
Here's one more local indicator: As SF Citizen discovered, Starbucks was stupid enough to post an ad for the PSL on Haight Street, and it wasn't before long someone tagged the bus stop ad with "It's just shit coffee." Amen.