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Seasonal coffee and tea must-haves to try this fall

Fall boasts delicious seasonal foods and drinks. There are all things apple, including caramel apples, apple pies, crisps, donuts and ciders. There’s Halloween candy as well as the delicious comfort food of Thanksgiving. Of course, there is also everything pumpkin, including pumpkin pies, pastries, seeds as well as the notorious pumpkin spice latte.

As the weather gets colder and the leaves start to turn, fall is officially here! Starbucks announced they are bringing back their pumpkin spice lattes. However, this isn’t the only fall-themed drink added to the Starbucks menu or the menus of other coffee shops near the University of Maine.

For those ready to try something new or familiar, or if you just need a caffeine boost for early morning classes or a busy schedule, there is no shortage of fall-themed coffees, teas and beverages to try near UMaine.

Pumpkin Iced Chai

The pumpkin iced chai at Aroma Joe’s is perfect for fans of all things pumpkin spice. This tea is a twist on the classic pumpkin spice latte, but made with chai instead of coffee. This is the perfect drink for getting into the Halloween spirit, carving pumpkins or decorating for Halloween.

Apple Crisp Macchiato

This fall, Starbucks has introduced the apple crisp macchiato which can be ordered iced or hot, and has a caramelized spiced apple drizzle. This would be the perfect drink for apple picking, and it would pair great with any buttery fall pastry. 

Apple Cranberry Refresher

Refreshers at Dunkin’ are popular iced drinks made with green tea, and have a variety of fruity flavors to choose from. These drinks are perfect for hot summer days, and even those lingering hot days in the fall. For fans of these drinks who want to get into the fall spirit, or for those who want to get into the fall spirit without ordering coffee, Dunkin’ this year has introduced an apple cranberry refresher. You can also order an apple cranberry coconut refresher, using coconut milk as a substitute for green tea. These would also be the perfect way to cool down on a warm fall afternoon.

Maine Maple Latte

For those who think of maple trees in the fall, both for the beautiful colors their leaves turn and for how they produce delicious maple syrup, the new Aroma Joe’s Maine maple latte is the perfect thing to try. Available for only a limited time, this would be a great drink to try this fall before it disappears!

It is amazing how large of a variety there is of teas and coffees for the fall, and how they range in temperature, flavor and brand. Seasonal drinks are a great way to get into the spirit of a season, and this is especially the case for fall. There is Halloween, Thanksgiving and all of the events surrounding these holidays that are so fun to get excited for! So sip away, and get into the fall spirit!

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