CHESHIRE — Fall is in the air, and so are seasonal coffee flavors.
There’s a range of fall-inspired coffees at local shops such as Cheshire’s Main Street Cafe, which offers pumpkin and cinnamon spice cold brew, or Caffe Del Mondo in Southington, which features apple cider donut coffee on its menu, to name a few.
The major chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are known for their pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin-flavored coffees.
Cheshire Coffee on Old Towne Road sat down with the Record-Journal recently to talk about their fall coffees, which are available until Thanksgiving.The autumn harvest latte
A popular fall drink that Cheshire Coffee has been pouring for the last few years is the autumn harvest latte.
The caramel hazelnut latte is topped with cinnamon, sugar and a dollop of whipped cream.
Owner Jason Wagoner said the drink is a nice break from the standard pumpkin spice flavors.
The harvest latte is also available year round.Other fall flavors
Besides autumn harvest, Cheshire Coffee also offers a variety of other fall-inspired creations. Pumpkin flavors, like pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin chai are offered, as well as maple spiced latte and s’mores.Seasonal varieties
Cheshire Coffee changes the menu board five times during the year to reflect different seasons and occasions. Wagoner said new drinks are always being created using a combination of syrups and spices and up to seven different flavors.
During the holiday season, drinks are infused with gingerbread, eggnog and peppermint.
The winter menu features a red velvet latte and a St. Patrick’s Day shamrock drink.
In the spring and summer, fruit selections like banana caramel latte and blueberry white mocha are offered.The coffee
According to Wagoner, it has taken several years for the coffee shop to develop its “coffee profile.
He said they micro-roast their own coffee and use 100 percent Arabica beans.
“We want to be unique, we want something different,” he said.
Different coffees are rotated everyday for a special “coffee of the day.” Unique favorites
Wagoner said several unique creations have been concocted from simply experimenting with flavors like chipotle pineapple syrup in lemonade or lavender in a latte.
In all, the shop has over 60 flavors to mix and match.
The french toast latte is a favorite for Alyssa Trifone, a barista at Cheshire Coffee for more than five years.
“We’re always coming up with new stuff to surprise people,” she said. “Often we like to base our drinks off dessert items.”
Wagoner said at one point he tried mixing all the flavors to see what would happen.
More information can be found by calling 203-271-3370