Starbucks has a small test of something ingenuous: Whole milk on the Starbucks Nitro tap. This sounds weird but it’s not. About four select Starbucks stores have a few wonderful things on their special Nitro taps: Starbucks Nariño 70 Cold brew, Nitro Nariño 70 Cold Brew, Nitro Peach Tea, and Nitro Milk for the Nitro Flat White and Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Let’s look at that reinvented PSL: It’s just 4 ingredients: Whole milk, espresso shots, pumpkin spice sauce, and some pumpkin spice topping to finish.

Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte 2 - 2017 Sept 23

Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte 2017 Sept 23

Everything about this PSL is a reinvention: Keep in mind, it seems to be fit somewhere between a hot and cold beverage! That might annoy some people but I loved it. The milk is cold and the shots of espresso are hot. The milk tastes rich and smooth, which must be the effect of the added nitro. Unlike an iced latte packed with a cup full of ice, here it feels like you get a really substantial drink that won’t be gone in two sips. It’s like the drink version of a pumpkin cookie. Notice that whipped cream is not standard on this drink. You don’t need it.

Yes, this is the same pumpkin spice sauce that is sold everywhere at Starbucks but it is the milk that gives it all new taste.

For even more simplicity, there’s the Nitro Flat White: Nitro whole milk and espresso meet together.

Nitro Flat White exterior sign 2017 Sept 23

20170923_075356 Nitro Flat White

I also ordered a flight of beverages, so from left to right you have the Nitro Freddo, Nitro Teavana Peach Tea, Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the Nitro Flat White.

Nitro Flight - 7th and Westlake 2017 Sept 23


Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte 2017 Sept 2017

If you find a store that offers the Nitro Flat White, your only option is whole milk and you can’t order this beverage with milk substitutions like soy milk or non-fat milk. Nitro Milk is a one dollar added fee to your drink so a tall Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte ends up being $5.78.

As far as I know, the four stores that offer this include a store in University Place, Washington (Tacoma), one store in Maple Valley, Washington, one store in Los Angeles, and the downtown Seattle store at 7th and Westlake.

I’m crossing my fingers for this innovation to expand.

Nitro Tap system 7th and Westlake 2017 Sept 23

Signage for Nitro Pumpkin Spice and Nitro Flat White 2017 Sept 23