It’s that time of year again: the pumpkin spice latte craze. As soon as the first leaf falls to the ground, it seems coffee shops everywhere are swarmed with the seasonal drink lovers. On-campus and off-campus, everyone can indulge in this fall delicacy in a variety of forms.
Starbucks, McDonald’s and Tim Hortons are all located conveniently in the town of Edinboro and all carry pumpkin spice for all to enjoy. Stuck on campus? No worries, in the Baron-Forness library, tucked away in the right corner, you can find a Starbucks with workers willing and ready to serve up whatever pumpkin delight you wish for.
The new Starbucks location in Rose will also be able to help satisfy pumpkin cravings. Starbucks chains outside of Edinboro University began carrying pumpkin spice lattes on Sept. 7, according to Tony Leone, manager of the Millcreek Mall Plaza store. While they do serve the traditional hot pumpkin spice latte, you can get the flavor in any drink you please: iced lattes, frappuccinos, or even just your typical morning coffee could include that famous flavor. Get yours before they’re gone though; these Starbucks only carry the drink until inventory runs out.
As for the Starbucks inside the campus library, student employee Lucas Aguiar said they began offering pumpkin flavored drinks just two weeks ago and will still have them well into November.
Just off campus, McDonald’s can satisfy all your pumpkin cravings. Manager, Bethany Silver says they began serving up both hot and cold pumpkin spice lattes on Aug. 28 and will continue to do so through October.
Down the street, you can pop into Tim Horton’s where employee, Brittany McConnell, shared the trick behind their pumpkin drinks: flavor shots. Similar to Starbucks, you can add a flavor shot of pumpkin to any of your favorite drinks. These include, but are not limited to: pumpkin lattes, ice capps, iced coffees and hot coffees. You could get yours through Nov. 17.
Whether you want to indulge in a hot pumpkin spice latte or a cool, refreshing pumpkin pie ice capp, you can get yours either on or off-campus. The pumpkin spice obsession will only last so long, until Thanksgiving is over and then the winter drinks arrive, only to ignite a new fire in the taste buds of coffee lovers everywhere.
Shaylee Dillen is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.