Harmons: $3.47 (12 oz.)
Harmons (which serves Logan-based Caffe Ibis coffee) served up one frothy pumpkin spice latte, with the fun airy layer still riding the wave into the cup’s midsection. But much as a surprise as that was, it could not distract from the pumpkin syrup, emphasis on the syrup. The flavoring tasted as sweet as it did artificial, like a pumpkin-flavored candy that’s been melted down and poured into — but never really mixing with — the brew.
It was a disappointment, but after sampling the same PSL at Caffe Ibis’ Logan cafe, I would place blame for that on the ingredient, not the baristas.
As a routine Smith’s shopper, I cannot speak to whether all Harmons (Harmonses?) have a cafe, or just the impressive multi-story downtown Harmons at 135 E. 100 South. It looks grey and imposing from the street, but the other side of its glass doors is like walking through the wardrobe into a world of warm wooden hues. The cafe is on the north end of the second floor and faces Social Hall Avenue, a mostly hidden slice of Salt Lake City that includes an elevator you can see rise and fall through its glass shaft.
For what it’s worth, the Harmon’s cafe where I bought this PSL also featured ice cream, including a flavor labeled “pumpkin pie.” This might well merit a return trip.
In Logan: Roughly the same price, (12 oz.)
I say “roughly the same price” because my PSL was one of three equally-sized lattes that my sister bought for a group of us after a hike. I was too exhausted and imagined feeling too awkward to ask the clerk how much my PSL cost, so I divided her $9-something expense by three.
Harmons was disappointing, but the Logan cafe’s PSL confirmed that the syrup is the culprit for an underwhelming latte, not either barista who made them. The same strong taste pervaded the PSL, which is heavy on the pumpkin syrup in its light brew — which proved a lot less frothy here.
Caffe Ibis is far from this blog’s focus on Salt Lake City, but if you find yourself in Cache County (and if you’re looking for beautiful fall colors, you could do a lot worse), it’s located at 52 Federal Avenue in historic downtown Logan.