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Fall is in full swing here in Colorado, with shorter days, brisk weather (ahem, snow), and changing leaves in full effect. What to drink between outings to the pumpkin patch and shopping for cozy sweaters? Hot coffee, of course. And while Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte (#PSL) is America’s unofficial caffeinated autumn drink of choice, you can do better. Get a taste of the season at one of these five Mile High City shops.
Amethyst Coffee Co.’s Roaming Pie Merchant
Apple pie was the inspiration behind two-and-a-half-year-old Amethyst Coffee Co.’s Roaming Pie Merchant. For this drink, baristas combine apple butter, vanilla, and cinnamon with your choice of hot or cold java, creating a unique sipper. We found the apple flavor a little bit overwhelming, a quibble that was easily forgotten as we cozied up at the outdoor fire pit with a good book. 1111 Broadway., #101
Session Coffee’s Almond Milk Chai With One Shot of Espresso
This Overland neighborhood spot serves some of the best chai in town. Session makes its chai concentrate in-house daily, filling the shop with the deliciously spicy aroma of cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla. Session founder and co-owner, Matt Gruber, recommends adding a shot of locally roasted Middle State Coffee or Novo Coffee espresso to your almond milk chai for a easy-drinking fall beverage. 1340 S. Santa Fe Dr., 720-308-5210
The Molecule Effect’s Autumn Rose latte
With it’s garnish of crumbled red rose buds, the Molecule Effect’s Autumn Rose latte is almost too pretty to drink. The three-year-old Santa Fe Drive gem flavors this fall beverage with a house-made almond and rose syrup, and the result is floral, rich, and absolutely delicious. 1201 Santa Fe Dr., 720-502-6966
The Weathervane Cafe’s Pumpkin Latte
Uptown’s Weathervane Cafe offers one of the coziest environments around. It also slings the tastiest pumpkin latte we’ve ever tried, with a house-made, not-too-sweet real pumpkin blend as the base. Grab a spot on one of the cafe’s many couches to enjoy this fall beverage. If you’re a serious squash lover, pair your drink with the pumpkin chia pudding. 1725 E. 17th Ave., 303-355-5863
Black Eye Coffee’s Mocha
Sure, a mocha might be a year-round drink at most coffee shops, but this deliciously chocolatey beverage always tastes best on a cold day. Head to either of Black Eye Coffee’s locations for a tasty take on the classic mocha. Black Eye’s rendition offers the perfect amount of sweet cocoa flavor without overpowering the espresso. 3408 Navajo St., 303-955-1205;800 Sherman St., 303-955-1205