Tasty fall coffees sans pumpkin spice

Go beyond the pumpkin-spiced lattes when searching for a cuppa joe this season.

click to enlarge Dunkin' Donuts' Pumpkin Crème Brulee Iced Latte. - Meaghan Habuda
Meaghan Habuda
Dunkin' Donuts' Pumpkin Crème Brulee Iced Latte.


It's National Coffee Day. And although some autumn-lovin' caffeine enthusiasts may object, cozy coffee concoctions crafted without pumpkin spice are out there. Neglected flavors like maple, cinnamon, almond and caramel have the ability to induce soul-warming falltime nirvana, too.

Whether you like yours hot or over ice, here's five of our favorite java drinks for fall. What's your go-to?

Cafe Borgia by Jet City Espresso
5803 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-231-6215, jetcityespresso.com.
It's been a while since we chatted with Jet City owner Jessica Glover about her signature latte, but we're still stuck on it. Honey, organic milk, whipped cream, nutmeg and orange zest come together to create the drink's addicting appeal.

Caramel Pecan Latte by Brew D Licious
667 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-741-2249, brewdlicious.com.
A coffee combo that'll pair even better with downtown St. Pete strolling once the weather cools off. The java joint has a ton of flavors, including peppermint and pumpkin pie, and this rendition doesn't take away from the beans.

Hot Snoof by Felicitous
11706 N. 51st St., Tampa, 813-988-2828, felicitouscoffee.com.
Moving beyond the pumpkin hype, this beverage will make you swoon. Felicitous creates the latte using caramel, whipped cream and cayenne pepper. It's served year-round.

Maple Spice Iced Coffee by Cafe Hey
1540 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-221-5150, cafehey.com.
This liquid's particularly suited for the season. You can swap Cafe Hey's cold-brew coffee for an iced maple latte or macchiato as well.

Pumpkin Crème Brulee Iced Latte by Dunkin' Donuts
Various locations around the region, dunkindonuts.com.
If you can't enjoy your brew without a little pumpkin, try this coffee franchise's latest pumpkin-inflected drink. It's blended with vanilla, and remains delectable without the whip on top. Also, stop by any Dunkin' today for a free medium Dark Roast Coffee. The deal's limited to one cup per person from open 'til close.

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