Pavement Coffeehouse Lattes: What’s Best?

Fall is now in full swing and, if you’re anything like me, that means warm drinks. Since coronavirus cases are rising rapidly, leaving campus doesn’t always feel like the best option. But lucky for BU students, we have an incredible spot right in central campus: Pavement Coffeehouse.

Pavement is a local chain of cafés, known for its bagels and fresh coffee. I've always loved Pavement's oat milk lattes because there are so many different flavors to try, especially in the Fall. Let me tell you which ones are worth the price!

  1. 1. Vanilla Oat Milk Latte

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    This is the only drink that has the perfect balance of sweetness and coffee flavor. Vanilla is such a simple and classic flavor that really can’t be beaten. This is my go-to drink since I first moved to Boston. It is also a flavor that doesn’t overpower the coffee and feels right at any time of the year. If you want something that’ll wake you up and still feel like a treat, this is your best bet.

  2. 2. Pumpkin Oat Milk Latte

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    Although it’s only available a few months out of the year, this is a favorite as well! Unlike pumpkin spice from bigger chains, this one is way more subtle in flavor and sweetness. It gives an even more natural feeling to everyone’s favorite fall flavor. The pumpkin is still very prominent, so I can’t say the espresso stands out as much in this one, but I think we all wish we could have it all year.

  3. 3. Maple Oat Milk Latte

    One of the newest options on the menu has quickly become one of the best. Maple is not a fall flavor, but one that should be available year-round. The sweetness is definitely there, so if sweet isn’t your thing, this drink won’t be either. However, maple syrup in coffee is a yes from me!

  4. 4. Spanish Oat Milk Latte

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    Switching the standard with oat milk does make this drink a little counterintuitive (it’s sweetened with cream) but it’s amazing nonetheless. If Irish creme is your favorite way to have coffee, then a Spanish latte should do the same for you with espresso. The flavor is subtly sweet but enough to hold me over until dessert. It’s creamier than the rest, of course, so it definitely acts as a mid-day treat.

  5. 5. Mocha Oat Milk Latte

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    This one is a classic, but I seldom find myself liking them. Pavement’s, unfortunately, did not change that. The coffee flavor is hardly noticeable and the chocolate sauce creates a chalky texture. I think the chocolate just really has trouble combining with coffee. But if you’re a chocolate fan, you’ll be a mocha fan.

  6. 6. Regular Oat Milk Latte

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    This may be for some people but I’ve got a sweet tooth! However, this is the best unsweetened latte around! The oat milk adds a creaminess that whole milk just can’t give. That, coupled with Pavement’s luscious espresso, makes for the perfect warm drink.

  7. 7. Cinnamon Fig Oat Milk Latte

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    Simply put, this is not my cup of tea (coffee?). The fruity flavor came forward a little too much. It may have been better if it wasn’t in a coffee, because I just don’t understand fruit-flavored espresso. The cinnamon was barely noticeable, and it wasn’t sweet but rather a bit bitter.

There you have it, my definitive ranking of oat milk lattes at Pavement!

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