6 Places to Get a Pumpkin Latte in San Francisco
In protest of 2015's pumpkin spice overload, the San Francisco Chronicle has cried out for a take back of pumpkin spice this fall; yet, I still find myself awaiting the reappearance of pumpkin spice in my bakery breads, desserts, ice creams, and lattes. These are some of the city's favorite pumpkin (spice) lattes, each with their own ability to elicit the warm feelings that only a fresh-baked pumpkin pie can.
Spike's Coffees & Teas
Lava Java is a cozy neighborhood cafe with good breakfast sandwiches and wonderful lattes. Their pumpkin spice latte is rich with pumpkin and a lot of spice, and they also carry a pumpkin chai latte.
Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters
Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters is a tiny, hipster, hole-in-the-wall shop with their own take on the pumpkin spice latte. Named Karl the Latte, it's crafted with spiced almond milk, espresso, lapsang souchong tea, honey, cardamom, and cinnamon. Topped with cocoa powder, Karl the Latte leaves a smoky taste in your throat.
Coffee Bar's coffee beans are locally sourced from Mr. Espresso, and roasted so smoothly that there's no bitter aftertaste. We can't figure out whether it's the beans or the creamy milk that makes the lattes so good here. Their pumpkin latte is made with fresh-grated nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves; pure vanilla extract; pumpkin puree; and sweetened with condensed milk.
Walk down Pier 39 with a pumpkin spice latte from Parlor 1255 in hand - created with espresso, creamy milk, pumpkin puree, and just the right amount of cinnamon and nutmeg.
This authentic little cafe is well-known for fantastic Italian desserts and espresso drinks made with the world famous Illy Caffé. Caffe Greco's seasonal pumpkin spice latte is a delicious blend of Illy espresso, milk (regular, almond or soy), pumpkin, vanilla, and cinnamon. If you're really feeling the pumpkin, spring for their pumpkin affogato.
Christina Wong is a Bay Area native who loves to travel the world, but always finds her way back to California.