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Independent Coffee Shops That Are Serving Our Favorite Seasonal Flavors: Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread & Peppermint.

Written By: Mary McNulty Skip Starbucks and Start Your Fall With These 7 Seasonal Lattes in Laguna Beach

For many, the official start of fall occurs when the store shelves are suddenly stocked with everything pumpkin, peppermint and gingerbread. Whether one is after pumpkin cheesecake, peppermint sticks or gingerbread men, the right flavor can be found. For coffee lovers, the hottest seasonally flavored drink has to be the pumpkin spice latte. The seasonal latte is best enjoyed against a beautiful backdrop, such as Laguna Beach. While most areas are limited to coffee chains like Starbucks or Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, the eclectic city of Laguna Beach offers many independent coffee shop options. There’s a coffee shop ambiance for everyone, from the elegant resort of the Surf and Sand to the casual vibe of Urth Caffé on Ocean or the Koffee Klatch on South Coast Highway. Each space personalizes the pumpkin spice latte, making it a great experience. We’ve tried them all and suggest you do as well!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pacific Perk

1555 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.376.2779 | www.surfandsandresort.com

Pacific Perk, inside the well-loved Surf and Sand resort, offers coffee in a lovely Laguna Beach setting. According to one barista, the pumpkin spice lattes are second to none for many reasons. “Our syrup is different from the other shops in the area. You get your choice of milk, and cinnamon, cocoa and nutmeg can be added. Don’t forget the whipped cream!”

Lattes in Laguna Beach

Holiday Latte
Zinc Café

350 Ocean Ave
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.494.6302 | www.zinccafe.com

Zinc Cafe does not have a pumpkin spice latte because Zinc believes there can be too much of a good thing. Instead, they represent the seasons with the holiday latte, an awesome combination of hazelnut, nutmeg and orange zest. Barista Blair has an excellent explanation as to the popularity: “The appearance sells it. With the whipped cream and nutmeg sprinkled on top, everyone wants it.”

Lattes in Laguna Beach

Pumpkin Spice Latte
The Koffee Klatch

1440 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.376.6867 | www.klatchroasting.com

According to one barista, Lex, the success of the pumpkin spice latte can be attributed “to high quality ingredients, five choices of milk and your choice of espresso made to order. November and December are when sales of the specialty really pick up.” To make it even better, enjoy the Koffee Klatch with your favorite pooch in this dog-friendly environment.

Peppermint Latte, Gingerbread Latte
Urth Caffe

308 N Coast Hwy Lattes in Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.376.8888 | www.urthcaffe.com
You won’t find pumpkin spice lattes at Urth Caffe—instead, Urth serves the holiday flavors of gingerbread. The gingerbread latte is made with gingerbread-flavored syrup, a shot of espresso and steamed milk, or your choice of almond milk, soy milk or rice milk. The taste is similar to a chai drink, but is sweeter and tastes like the holidays! The shop is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., so you can enjoy your favorite gingerbread latte as breakfast or dessert.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Café Heidelberg

1100 S Coast Hwy Lattes in Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Lattes in Laguna Beach
949.497.4594 | www.heidelbergcafe.com

Cafe Heidelberg has an extensive breakfast menu and makes a darn good pumpkin spice latte. The latte is made using Torani pumpkin pie-flavored sauce, as much espresso as you want, and steamed milk. When this delicious seasonal drink isn’t enough, you can order omelets, bagels and croissants, or the morning roll with ham over easy eggs, hollandaise sauce and roasted potatoes to satisfy a hearty appetite.

Lattes in Laguna Beach