CHESHIRE — Local coffee shops are gearing up for the autumn season with pumpkin lattes, maple coffees and other drinks paired with seasonal foods.
Cheshire Coffee has leaned into the season with a plethora of fall-themed drinks and food.
“Fall’s pretty much our big season here,” supervisor Jessica Pellegrino said Wednesday.
The coffee shop, 210 Old Towne Road, offers the popular pumpkin spice latte, plus a whole list of flavors that can be added to hot or iced coffees or frappuccinos.
“Our house espresso is really nice, it has a caramely undertone as it is, which works really well with all the pumpkin drinks,” manager Alyssa Trifone said.
This year they’re offering a new seasonal drink, “pumpkin caramel white mocha” – made with real white chocolate sauce and caramel drizzle.
“Everyone loves a nice hot fall drink,” Trifone said. “The pumpkin obviously sells crazy this time of year.”
All of the drinks are primarily flavored with syrups.
Pellegrino said their pumpkin granola bars are super popular and homemade by the owner’s family.
They also have pumpkin muffins and breads, plus gingerbread bread and other seasonal food items, which will soon include seasonal sandwiches, like a ham panini with cranberry sauce and caramelized onions.
Cheshire resident Lori Strobel visits the store about three times a week, often with her daughter’s therapy dog Gracie Lou. She usually gets a green iced tea and sometimes a granola bar – the pumpkin one is her favorite.
“They’re like family … This is a very warm and welcoming place here and they always ask how you’re doing and know a little bit about our lives,” Strobel said.
A few weeks ago Southington Coffee House, which opened last month, debuted a limited-time nitro pumpkin spice latte on tap.
Manager Lilly Fellows said they expect to stock the store with new fall-flavor related baked goods next week.
At Busy Bean Cafe in Berlin, their hundreds of coffee syrup flavors include fall fun like gingerbread, pumpkin, maple, and cinnamon, which can be added to a latte, cappuccino, drip and other beverages.
The cafe, 355 Main St., also offers ice cream from Shady Glen in fall flavors like pumpkin and Dutch Apple.
Pumpkin Spice lattes are back again and available at Perk on Main in Middletown too. The cafe is also offering half-priced espresso drinks from 3 to 6 p.m. for the rest of the month.