As summer ends, area coffee shops release their fall-themed drinks.
“We put up our fall menu the last week of August,” said Alyssa Trisone, manager of Cheshire Coffee. “We have everything pumpkin to start with.”
Along with pumpkin spiced drinks, Trisone said there are some more creative drinks.
“The autumn harvest latte, that’s a mix of caramel and hazelnut, topped with cinnamon sugar,” Trisone said. “We also have our French toast latte, which is a combination flavor of the cinnamon, the maple and the vanilla. S’mores latte is very popular. That’s of course the toasted marshmallow, chocolate sauce and a little bit of the cinnamon and ginger bread to make the graham crust flavor.”
Trisone said all of these flavors can be made as coffees, lattes and iced coffees.
“They are all sugar syrups so the flavor variety is pretty versatile in terms of what style drink we are able to put them in,” Trisone said. “Everything can be done hot or iced. We also now are offering oat milk in addition to soy and almond.”
Owner Nick DeGrazia said the busy season at Cheshire Coffee starts at the end of August when everyone heads back to school.
“We’re really busy from that point on right until January,” DeGrazia said. “The magic day is St. Paddy’s day. Right around March 17, that’s when you’re off to the races again. It’s crazy busy until June and then people start going away.”
At Perkatory Coffee Roasters, which has a location in Southington, co-owner Johanna Perazella said they offer many fall-themed drinks.
“Such as The Pumpkin King, Headless Horseman and Poison Apple,” Perazella said.
Along with the themed drinks, Perkatory is hosting different pop-up shops on weekends in all of their locations.
“We also have a fourth location in Branford opening in late October,” Perazella said. “We have exclusive, limited edition Halloween merch coming soon as well as a new canned snap-chilled coffee we call Rays in Hell.”
Vinny Infante, owner of the Lions Den Coffee Shop in Southington, said for the fall season, they released their pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin cold brew and pumpkin iced and hot coffee.
“We have also introduced a fall twist on a classic short coffee drink, the Cinnamon Cortado,” Infante said. “A Cortado is a short drink made of one part espresso and one part milk (roughly four total ounces) and we infuse it with cinnamon. We love to expose people to different coffee experience, while still keeping with the classics.”
Every Tuesday during fall, the Southington Coffee House releases a brand new seasonal menu.
“That seasonal menu will feature different items that are traditionally harvest themed, both for coffee and crepes,” said Owner Denis Guay. “Obviously both things are huge at the Coffee House so like we have a butternut squash crepe, we have, of course, a Thanksgiving crepe, which will be coming out in November, we have pumpkin pie. A whole host of seasonal crepes that will come out every Tuesday.”
In October, Guay said they will be launching their Harry Potter themes as well.
“We usually do two weeks of Harry Potter themed drinks like butterbeer latte and things like that,” Guay said. “That will be released on Tuesdays.”