Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte Has Returned. See What Else is on The Fall Menu
USA Today | August 29, 2022
Attention, Starbucks fans. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back.
The coffee chain announced Monday it's bringing back the beloved fall drink on Aug. 30 for its 19th year. The PSL, as the drink is commonly called, combines Starbucks espresso and steamed milk with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Customers can order it hot, iced or blended.
Starbucks brought back the PSL a little later than usual. Last year, the chain launched the Pumpkin Spice Latte on Aug. 24. Meanwhile, competitors including Dunkin have already rolled out pumpkin spice offerings at stores. Also available Tuesday at Starbucks: the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, which combines Starbucks Cold Brew with sweet vanilla syrup, topped with pumpkin cream cold foam and pumpkin spice.
Cold beverages have been a popular option among Starbucks consumers. During its third quarter earnings report, the company said cold beverages accounted for 75% of total beverage sales in the U.S. The Apple Crisp Macchiato, introduced by Starbucks last year, is back as well, but will now incorporate oat milk and Starbucks Blonde espresso, along with apple, cinnamon, and brown sugar and a spiced apple drizzle. Dairy alternatives now make up a quarter of Starbucks' milk-related beverages sold, according to the company.
If you're wondering why grocery stores and retailers are filled with pumpkin spice products, blame Starbucks. Its Pumpkin Spice Latte sparked a wave of products featuring the beloved flavor over the years.