Despite the fact that some places in the US are seeing a major heatwave this week and summer isn’t even over yet, Starbucks is already gearing up for fall with the announcement of their release date for Pumpkin Spice.
And get excited – it’s the earliest we’ve ever seen it on the Starbucks menu!
If you’re ready for cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in your coffee, head to Starbucks on August 27th and you’ll get your Pumpkin Spice fix. This is the earliest we’ve ever seen the Pumpkin Spice Latte on the menu, though in 2014 Starbucks did start an early release of the flavor on August 26th.
Last year was the first year that they did not offer an ‘early release’ of this fan-favorite, instead of waiting until August 28th for the menu to change before they would sell it.
The latest we’ve seen Pumpkin Spice released in the past 9 years was in 2015 when they waited until September 8th before putting it on the menu.
How We Know
Employees have already shared photos on social media and forums that their stores have gotten the Pumpkin Spice flavoring in, with some photos showing suspiciously low levels of the syrup already. Clearly, some staff are enjoying the perks of working behind the coffee counter.
While there is no official release date from Starbucks, the information we’re getting about the August date comes from employees who have shared photos of the new marketing material with the release on it.
Included this year is apparently a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, which we are all here for.
Dunkin Even Earlier
Dunkin Donuts is not playing this year, and they have already announced that they will be releasing their Pumpkin Spice flavoring and the full “fall menu” nearly a full week earlier than Starbucks, on the 21st of August.
Dunkin is also getting creative this year, and plan to ‘rebrand’ eight of their stores as “Pumpkin” to celebrate fall.
Too excited for pumpkin to wait until the end of the month?
Starbucks has already released their Pumpkin Spice coffee creamers that sell in grocery stores, starting the beginning of this month. The 28-ounce bottle is branded as “inspired by” Pumpkin Spice Latte, whatever that means.
Starbucks only started offering creamers in grocery stores last month, and in addition to this seasonal favorite, they also have White Chocolate, Caramel, and Cinnamon Dolce.