Au­tumn col­ors our cof­fee

Pump­kin spice once again takes over the Shore’s cups

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­

EAS­TON — The ar­rival of September and cooler tem­per­a­tures have trig­gered a col­lec­tive thirst for an an­nual fla­vor of au­tumn.

Mid-Shore cof­fee lovers al­ready are crav­ing the warm, spicy, cozy joe.

And cof­fee shops and con­ve­nience stores in the five-county area are be­gin­ning to fill their carafes with the most an­tic­i­pated fla­vor of fall — pump­kin spice cof­fee.

In ad­di­tion to its sweet­ened Pump­kin Swirl specialty cof fee, the two Dunkin Donuts shops in Eas­ton have pump­kin spice donuts, which made their de­but this week.

Royal Farms, af­ter a week of sig­nage, started dis­pens­ing its pump­kin spice blend in Den­ton this week. Both pump­kin spice cof­fee and cap­puc­cino came on line in Ch­ester­town on Thurs­day, Aug. 31.

“(It) is very pop­u­lar in the fall, and our cus­tomers ab­so­lutely love it,” Royal Farms corporate spokes­woman Breahna Brown said. “It is one of our most an­tic­i­pated fla­vor op­tions all year round.”

Although the au­tumn equinox oc­curs of­fi­cially at 4:02 p.m. Sept. 22,

the ap­proach of La­bor Day and the first day of school stir a han­ker­ing for the aro­matic bev­er­age.

“I love pump­kin spiced cof­fee,” Stevensville res­i­dent Sh­eryl Jaros posted on Face­book. “For me it brings back mem­o­ries of boat­ing on the Bay in the fall wear­ing a sweat­shirt.”

Cus­tomers at the Wawa on Ocean Gate­way in Eas­ton have been ask­ing for weeks for the lon­gawaited cof­fee blend, one em­ployee said. She de­clined to say when it would arrive.

How­ever, lovers of Wawa’s pump­kin spice blend will be able to fill up on La­bor Day, Sept. 4, ac­cord­ing to two sources in Delaware.

“This lim­ited fall of­fer is sure to be a cus­tomer fa­vorite,” Wawa spokes­woman Colleen Labik said.

“In ad­di­tion to pump­kin spiced cof­fee in our self­serve area, there will also be pump­kin fla­vored specialty bev­er­ages in­clud­ing cap­puc­ci­nos, smooth­ies and lat­tes,” Labik said. “Bags of pump­kin spice cof­fee and sin­gle serve cof­fee cups will be avail­able for sale by (Sept. 8).”

Af­ter mid-September, Wawa in Cam­bridge will be closed for a month of re­mod­el­ing, man­ager Ray­mond Ukaria said, so Dorch­ester crav­ings for Wawa’s spicy java will have to be sat­is­fied else­where.

The craze for all things pump­kin spice has been around for a few years and shows no signs of slow­ing.

Den­ton na­tive Chris Spinner Jr. la­beled the phe­nom­e­non “great mar­ket­ing.”

A barista at Rise Up Cof­fee Roast­ers in Eas­ton said some cus­tomers have been ask­ing for pump­kin spice cof­fee, but it won’t be of­fered for an­other cou­ple weeks.

Star­bucks at Tar­get in Eas­ton fea­tures its sea­sonal cof­fees through­out the year. The most pop­u­lar fla­vors are salted caramel, eggnog and pump­kin spice with the lat­ter be­com­ing avail­able in Oc­to­ber, said Jes­sica French of Tar­get.

“Ev­ery day, peo­ple ask when we’ll get pump­kin spice cof­fee,” French said on Tuesday, Aug. 22. “Four cus­tomers in a row just asked about it.”

Bob Nafzinger, a na­tive of Crump­ton in Queen Anne’s County, said, “I love hot cof­fee and pump­kin pie, but would never com­bine the two.”

Pump­kin spice latte and cof­fee are avail­able now at 7-Eleven. “If the 7-Eleven app lets me get it for free, I’m all in,” Yolanda Hol­loway of Den­ton said.

For tea lovers, Bigelow makes a pump­kin spice black tea.

“I don’t like cof­fee, but I found a pump­kin spiced tea. It makes me think of a crack­ling fire in the fire­place and the beau­ti­ful pal­let of col­ors God chose for the trees,” Cindy Pyle of Stevensville said.

Still, some just can’t, or won’t, turn over a new leaf when it comes to au­tumn-style cof­fee.

“My take on fla­vored cof­fees is that they smell so tasty, so warm, so like fall and Hal­loween, but the ac­tual taste is never as good as the fra­grance,” Cyn­thia In­gram of Den­ton said.

“Smells de­li­cious, but why do they have to make it so sweet?” She­lagh Grasso of Ch­ester­town asked.

And for Bil­lie Car­roll of Uni­corn in Queen Anne’s County, only one four-let­ter word de­scribed her feel­ings: “Yuck.”


Robert Safi­ullin of Dunkin Donuts on Ocean Gate­way in Eas­ton has been serv­ing plenty of pump­kin spice donuts along with pump­kin swirl sweet­ened cof­fee dur­ing the last week of Au­gust.


The 7-Eleven on North Wash­ing­ton Street in Eas­ton has both pump­kin spice cof­fee and latte for a lim­ited time.

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