It is officially that time of year. The air is cooler, the leaves are changing colors, sweaters can come out from storage, and, of course, Starbucks has released its variety of pumpkin spice flavored beverages. While many people are aware of the classic Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte, they have also introduced this signature flavor to other beverage and food options. With Starbucks fall drinks and the pumpkin spice release happening in August, there is plenty of time to get your pumpkin fix before the limited-time flavors disappear.
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What Day Does Starbucks Release Pumpkin Spice?
The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and similar beverages were officially released on August 30, 2022. Pumpkin Spice beverages are already available at all Starbucks locations in the US. Some locations may decide to hold off on starting this limited-time flavor, equally, some might decide to continue the range beyond October 31st.
What Is a PSL?
A PSL, or pumpkin spice latte, is a signature fall beverage that has been a staple for Starbucks over the years. The Pumpkin Spice Latte was introduced in 2003 and has grown in popularity every year. Due to the seasonal fanfare, Starbucks now releases this product during late summer, much earlier than in previous years.
The Pumpkin Spice Latte features the cozy flavor combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove and is topped with whipped cream and additional baking spices. It is offered hot, cold, and blended. There are also many homemade pumpkin spice latte recipes, but nothing compares to the freshly brewed version made directly by your local Starbucks barista.
What Other Pumpkin Spice Products Does Starbucks Offer?
In addition to the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte, Starbucks has introduced this signature flavor to other products over the years. For the fourth year, Starbucks is also releasing the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, which is a great option for coffee drinkers looking for pumpkin spice flavors without the sweetness of the other Pumpkin Spice Latte beverages.
At Starbucks locations, pumpkin-themed food items will also join the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Returning this season is the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin and Pumpkin Scone. Pumpkin Loaf is offered year-round at many Starbucks locations.
Aside from the food and drinks, you will also find a variety of fall season memorabilia and coffee beans to purchase. This includes pumpkin mugs, tumblers, autumn blend coffee, and many more.
Fans of at-home options can also participate in the pumpkin spice craze. Pumpkin spice flavored coffee is available in bags and as K-Cups for home brewing. These products are available at Starbucks locations and many grocery stores. Also available at most grocery stores are the Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Concentrate and Iced Espresso Pumpkin Spice Latte. Starbucks also offers pumpkin spice flavored creamers at grocery and retail locations. These are available as both dairy and non-dairy options.
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte FAQ
If you have any more questions about the Starbucks PSL or fall range, we will do our best to answer them below.
Is it pumpkin spice season at Starbucks?
Yes! Pumpkin spice season at Starbucks starts on August 30th and continues through to December 1st. This covers the majority of fall and in particular Halloween. Some locations may decide to continue their pumpkin spice range for longer.
Is pumpkin spice latte available year-round at Starbucks?
In general, the pumpkin spice latte is only available as a seasonal option at Starbucks. However, some locations may still have the syrup available for months following. It might not be advertised on the menu, but you should ask and see if they have it.
Does pumpkin spice latte have caffeine?
Yes, all coffee at Starbucks contains caffeine, even decaffeinated contains traces. You should expect an average of 95g of caffeine depending on the coffee size/espresso shots in your drink.
Is there actually pumpkin in pumpkin spice latte?
According to Starbucks, there are traces of real pumpkin used in their sauce. They claim:
“The handcrafted beverage combines Starbucks® Signature Espresso and steamed milk with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove to complement the real pumpkin in the sauce. Topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices, PSL is available hot, iced, or blended at U.S. stores throughout the season while supplies last.”
The Final Sip
Luckily, for pumpkin spice enthusiasts, the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte is currently available at Starbucks locations. Additionally, there are a variety of seasonally flavored pumpkin spice products available at Starbucks stores and other retail establishments. Even if the PSL is not everyone’s favorite beverage, there might be another seasonal food or coffee item that appeals to everyone this fall.
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