In a world of coffee shops and roasters, the release of the (in)famous Pumpkin Spice Latte serves as the unofficial kickoff to the fall season. While the “PSL” is a classic go-to, our local baristas are here to give you a reason to branch out! When visiting Vancouver USA, try these fall-inspired drinks with generous flavor and rich taste.
BRIAN CLEMENS: Herbaceous Latte
“Currently on our seasonal menu, the Herbaceous Latte served hot is both comforting and sweet. We combine fresh sage and lemon thyme to create a reduced simple syrup that is delicate and sweet and beats out lavender any day!”
Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters
KENNY FLETCHER: Pumpkin Pie Latte
“It has all the fall flavors and spices we love: REAL pumpkin, a mix of spices, some of our almond cookie flavor for a crust-like taste, and is made with half and half, then topped with whipped cream (like any good slice of pumpkin pie should be, in my humble opinion). It is a decadent treat, but so worth it!”
ANDREW CHUMBLEY: Maple Cardamom Latte
“I used pure maple and real cardamom and fused them together into a simple syrup that makes a delicious latte hot or cold. It launched on September 19 in our downtown Vancouver shop and I can’t wait for everyone to try it.”
River Maiden Artisan Coffee
MELISSA LAYMAN: Cardamom Caramel Latte
"This fall drink is made with spiced salted caramel whipped cream. We also have a Pumpkin Spice Latte with cream cheese whipped cream."
KEVIN FULLER: Chai Tea Latte
"While our menu stays the same year-round, I would say that our Chai Latte is the coziest of our drinks. It is made with a sweet Chai and is perfect for any brisk fall day."
For all you PSL purists, Grays Coffee (located in the downtown Vancouver Hilton Hotel) serves Starbucks. The Seattle maven has more than a dozen locations in Vancouver, including one in Uptown Village and another one in downtown. Other popular coffee chains in Vancouver include Dutch Bros and Black Rock Coffee Bar. For a full list of local coffee shops, check out our Coffee & Bakeries webpage.