Many of our favorite fall flavors and seasonings have a few things in common: they’re bold, roasty, earthy and unique. Because of these attributes, they pair exceptionally with the equally bold nature of coffee. What’s more, they pretty much all mix well together, meaning that you can make a custom drink experience for your customers to enjoy. So, whether you’re looking to add classic favorites to your coffee shop menu, or are looking to spice things up, here are some fall coffee recipes you should really try out this season.
Fall Coffee Classics
Pumpkin Spice Latte
A bold and tasty combination of pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove makes for this fall favorite coffee flavor. The most popular drink—the Pumpkin Spice Latte—is a go-to menu item during the autumn months. Start with a classic latte recipe of an espresso shot and steamed milk, then incorporate a house-made pumpkin spice syrup. Top with steamed milk and a dash of cinnamon for a perfect pumpkin treat.
Maple Brown Sugar Latte
A dynamic duo indeed, maple brown sugar can be incorporated into a multitude of coffee drink recipes. Another latte classic, this can add some pizzazz to the espresso-rich beverage. Additionally, it’s great as a flat white, especially if you use a maple brown sugar-infused milk.
A sweet treat that can be enjoyed happily either hot or iced, a caramel macchiato is a mixture of milk foam and vanilla syrup that’s topped with a shot of espresso, then finished with a decadent drizzling of caramel sauce.
Nutty by Nature
There’s nothing quite like hazelnut and chocolate, so why not pair the two together in a delicious mocha? Start with freshly-made espresso, hazelnut syrup, mocha mix or chocolate syrup to make the foundation of this beverage. Finish it off with steamed milk of choice and foam. You can even finish it off with a mix of cocoa powder and grated hazelnuts. As a twist, try it with a non-dairy substitute like oatmilk.
Chestnut Latte or Café au Lait
Chestnut is a unique nutty flavor that’s rich like caramel, making it a perfect compliment to the strong coffee notes of a latte. Incorporate chestnut syrup in your drink recipe, or infuse it in the milk you use to steam. Sweeten the deal with local honey or caramel sauce.
Unique Autumnal Offerings
Apple Pie Latte
Combine one of the season’s best beverage items–apple cider–with espresso, cinnamon syrup and creamy steamed whole milk to conjure sweet memories of grandma’s famous apple pie. You can even top it off with a drizzle of caramel sauce, or even a small piece of pie crust for that added fall flair.
This creamy cappuccino will be as warm and comforting as making an actual s’more around a campfire. Mix a marshmallow-flavored syrup (or vanilla) in with coffee or espresso. Top with fresh whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs. You can even serve this as a mocha for an added chocolatey experience.