The first day of autumn is just one short week away, and pumpkin spice season is already in full swing. While often considered to be something of a modern craze, the origins of pumpkin spice date as far back as the establishment of the Dutch East India Company in the early 17th century.
The most common pumpkin spice blend–a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, mace and cloves–has been used in beloved recipes the world over for centuries since, from breads to pies, to our cozy afternoon coffee. Read on to discover five great spots in Austin for your pumpkin spice fix this fall.
Please note: supply availability and seasonal menu items are subject to change at all locations.
Cupprimo Cupcakery & Coffee Spot
A fixture of Austin since 2008, Cupprimo Cupcakery proudly serves coffee brewed from local micro roaster Barrett’s Coffee. Their rotating seasonal menu often features the Great White Pumpkin Latte, in addition to year-round classics such as caramel macchiato, white chocolate mocha, and espresso macchiato. Looking for a sweet treat to accompany your morning joe? You’re in luck: Cupprimo features a wide array of delectable cupcakes including red velvet, primo vanilla, double chocolate and exciting special flavored featured on select days of the week.
For over twenty years, Austin Java has served the Lone Star capital as a coffeehouse with a sense of community, offering guests a place to “bring your laptop and work the day away, with a cup of locally-roasted coffee.” In addition to local roasts, Austin Java’s menu boasts coffee blends hailing from the likes of Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Aside from seasonal pumpkin spice, the shop offers items such as matcha latte, doppio espresso, classic cappuccinos and café au lait.
Locally owned and operated, Houndstooth Coffee is a well-known piece of the vibrant Texas Coffee scene. It is community that the shop values most–named for the traditional plaids which served as regional identities for the native people of Scotland. Houndstooth operates with the philosophy that coffee, too, is a regional identity for its people. Fittingly, their pumpkin spice latte has some personality all its own: the Thanks-O-Latte contains 25% real pumpkin pie batter, creating a satsifying fall treat in both hot and iced forms. Other year-round menu items include the classic cortado, Americano, matcha and flat white.
Summermoon Coffee Bar
Family-owned and born of the Texas Hill Country, Summermoon Coffee Bar seeks to create an experience that evokes “the warmth of cozy evenings under a summer moon.” Their feature fall drink, dubbed the Autumn Moon Latte, has been hailed as Austin’s “original” pumpkin spice latte: complete with oak-roasted espresso and the shop’s famous “moon milk” sweet cream, along with the natural, classic fall seasonings you crave.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Featuring a scenic lakeside patio with frequent live music performances, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh fall weather with a cup of your favorite joe. Aside from the seasonal pumpkin spice, the shop offers fall favorites such as the gluten free pumpkin spice muffin and classic Texas Pecan Coffee Cake. For an extra dose of fall spirit, check out Mozart’s Otkoberfest event on October 16th: featuring a vintage car show, cinnamon sugar pretzels and all your favorite coffee delights.
What’s your go-to drink for a cozy fall day? Let us know in the comments!