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Pumpkin Spice Latte 2020: this is when the seasonal Starbucks favourite will return to UK branches

The autumnal drink is a favourite of Starbucks fans.

Published: August 24, 2020
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While it may still be summer, many Starbucks fans are already looking forward to treating themselves to the brand's autumn favourite - a pumpkin spice latte.

Only available for a short time every year, the pumpkin spice latte was first developed by Starbucks  January 2003, and it has proved to be a huge hit since.

The popular drink is a warming combination of Starbucks espresso, pumpkin flavoured sauce and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Last year a vegan-friendly version of the drink, made using dairy-free sauce, was also available along with an iced latte.

When will the pumpkin spice latte be available?

Pumpkin spice lattes were originally available from October, but last year they were brought back early - from 5 September - meaning fans could enjoy the drink for even longer.

Starbucks typically make pumpkin spice lattes available from September until Christmas, with prices starting at £3.30.

With many fans waiting on their favourite autumnal drink since the start of September, the brand have announced that the seasonal favourite will be back on Friday 25 September.

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New vegan topping

This year's Pumpkin Spice Latte can be completely vegan thanks to a new dairy-free topping for the drink, to replace whipped cream.

The vegan PSL keeps the authentic flavours of the drink at its core, combining Starbucks espresso roast with the iconic pumpkin base, featuring notes of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.

Handcrafted to suit the customer, coffee fans can pick a dairy-free alternative of your choice and pair it with the soya-based vegan whipped topping, which has a smooth texture and hints of vanilla.

Fans of the autumn favourite are being encouraged to celebrate the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte by heading to social and sharing pictures by tagging @StarbucksUK #PSL #PumpkinSpiceLatte #TheOriginalPSL.

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When did Starbucks reopen?

After lockdown, the chain started a phased reopening of stores in May.

The reopened venues operated on a Drive Thru and takeaway basis only.

“The safety of everyone is our greatest priority so our stores may look a little different to normal,” the company’s website explains.

At the time, Starbucks opened 15 per cent of its UK sites, which is around 150 stores.

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The opening time for stores was different to the usual opening times they operated pre-lockdown.

In a letter shared by Alex Rayner, Starbucks UK general manager, it was revealed that the “goal is to be fully open by the end of June”.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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