The coffee chain has decided fall starts on August 19.

By Adam Campbell-Schmitt
August 13, 2020
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2020 may go down as one of the most turbulent years in recent memory, but at least one perennial comfort is steadfast: Pumpkin spice lattes in mid-August.

While Starbucks is certainly the most well-known purveyor of the autumnal beverage, with fans awaiting the chain's launch of the PSL every year, Dunkin' isn't sleeping on the potential market of people seeking cozy flavors before the first leaves start to drop. In past years, the coffee and donut chain has rolled out its own pumpkin-y drink well before its biggest competitor, and 2020 is no exception. Dunkin' is dropping its entire fall lineup on Wednesday, August 19.

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If you think that's very early, you're correct: this is Dunkin's earliest rollout yet, beating last year's August 21 launch. In a normal year, I might be feel that we shouldn't be priming our tastebuds for "sweater weather" while we're still in the thick of "swelter weather." However, this isn't a normal year, and there's no such thing as normal anymore anyway. So, you know what? Have at it.

Here's the full menu of fall-themed items hitting Dunkin' next week (and sticking around for a limited time), starring a slightly updated pumpkin latte made with pumpkin and vanilla flavors, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and a cinnamon sugar topping. Other fall items include a chai latte, pumpkin flavored coffees, apple cider donuts, pumpkin donuts, and a maple sugar bacon breakfast sandwich.

And if your dog is also seeking some coffee-related comfort, check out the brand's recent collaboration with Bark, which includes a toy coffee cup and three-pack of Munchkins.

Meanwhile, we're still awaiting an official release date for Starbucks' PSL, but rumor has it we're looking at August 28, which is—surprising as it may seem—not the earliest we've ever seen.