It’s Starbucks pumpkin spice latte season, but we can do better. Like soooo much better. Here are 10 seasonal local cuppa’s that AREN'T a Pumpkin Spice Latte to satisfy that cozy fall craving.
Lapis: Lablaboo Latte
This seasonal fall latte has a vibrant magenta color and flavors of taro and beetroot.
Elle: Autumn Spice Latte
A less sweet and more spicy version of a pumpkin spice latte is launching next week.
Ellington Park Bistro: Sesame Noir Latte
Black sesame puree, honey, vanilla, and steamed milk. The bistro’s new coffee menu also includes a caramel salé with sea salt and creme.
Tryst: Cereal Milk Latte
Oat milk, cinnamon syrup, and shortbread syrup. Tastes just like cinnamon toast crunch.
Commonwealth Joe: Brown Sugar Sage Latte
Sweet and earthy with a dash of nutmeg on top. They also have a spiced peanut butter latte and a cranberry chai.
Colada Shop: Camote con Leche
Espresso with camote dulce, piloncillo cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and steamed milk.
Lablaboo Latte from Lapis. (Photo by Nayab Jade)
Wydown: Cinnamon Oat Latte
Oat milk and house-made cinnamon syrup. They also have a classic pumpkin spice latte.
The Coffee Bar: Cardamom Latte
This has to be D.C.’s most raved-about seasonal coffee. Classic latte with a dust of cardamom spice.
A Baked Joint: Honey Pecan Milk
This house-made seasonal nut milk can be drunk on its own or with any of their coffee drinks.
Hiriya: Turon Latte
Luckily, this caramelized banana and brown sugar coffee is a permanent part of this new Filipino cafe’s menu. As are their ube and pandan lattes.