With the grand return of Starbucks' insanely popular Pumpkin Spice Latte on Thursday, pumpkin spice season is -- for better or worse -- officially upon us. But along with unleashing the pumpkin spice insanity, the coffee giant announced it has something even spicier up its nonexistent green apron sleeves this fall. And it might be even better than the PSL.
The all-new espresso beverage is called the Chile Mocha, and it officially arrives in Starbucks stores nationwide on Tuesday, September 6th. Starbucks Rewards members, however, will get a heads-up on how to get early access to it on September 3rd. Too bad it probably won't be jacket weather by then.
Baristas make the Chile Mocha by infusing the steamed milk of your choice (like the new almond milk option) with a new cocoa and cinnamon powder and combining it with espresso. Then, the drink is topped with whipped cream, and most importantly, a liberal sprinkle of Starbucks' Chile Mocha topping, which includes ancho and cayenne pepper, paprika, cinnamon, sugar, and sea salt. That's right: the drink gets the majority of its spiciness from the powdered topping, which opens the door to lots of exciting customization potential, including a Chile Mocha Frappuccino. You know what to do.