Much like leaves changing hue and the slow fading of tan lines, the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte to the Starbucks menu is a telltale sign that autumn is afoot. And whether or not you're ready to usher in sweater season just yet, it's clearly well on its way, as PSL ingredients and supplies have already begun arriving at the coffee chain's locations around the country.
Don't worry, though, you still have some time to pull your pumpkin spice deodorant out of storage.
In an effort to drum up even more love for the sweet and slightly spicy seasonal beverage, Starbucks actually launched a private Facebook group in late July called the Leaf Rakers Society, where fans of fall (and presumably PSLs) could chat, and in recent days, conversation has shifted to discussions about when exactly the PSLs will be coming back. In the comments, a couple of Starbucks employees hinted that it'll be available by August 28. Other Starbucks employees have taken to Reddit to corroborate such claims by posting photos of large vats of PSL "sauce" that have already arrived in stores. However, baristas aren't allowed to start making the drinks for customers until the official launch date.