Starbucks confirms the Pumpkin Spice Latte is returning Tuesday

The Pumpkin Spice Latte has been welcoming fall for 17 years.
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/ Source: TODAY
By Ronnie Koenig

It may still be summer, but Starbucks is already getting coffee fans psyched for fall with its annual release of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

On Tuesday, the coffee chain confirmed that the wildly popular beverage will be returning to stores nationwide today. This year, PSL lovers may enjoy the drink “hot, iced, or blended — topped with whipped cream and real pumpkin pie spices," according to a press release from the coffee chain.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew will also be back after making its debut last year. The drink is made with cold brew coffee that’s sweetened with vanilla syrup, topped with a pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice topping.

The chain’s Salted Caramel Mocha, which combines mocha sauce and toffee nut syrup with coffee and steamed milk that's topped with sweetened whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and a blend of turbinado sugar and sea salt, is also returning Tuesday along with Starbucks' pumpkin cream cheese muffins and pumpkin scones.

The beloved latte's release comes just a day after the coffee chain teased the return of its autumn offerings with a post on Instagram that gave people a fall-themed hotline to call — yes, you read that right — to get into a cozy sweater-wearing, seasonal latte-sipping state of mind.

"Fall is so close you can hear it," Starbucks captioned a picture featuring one of its hot beverages set against a warm background. The cup had the hotline number, 1-833-GET-FALL, written where a customer's name would usually appear.

Starbucks wants PSL fans to get in the fall spirit with its first ever hotline.Starbucks

The hotline, which is available to those in the U.S. and Canada, first appeared in Starbucks' closed Facebook group called the Leaf Rakers Society.

So what happens when you dial this mysterious number? When TODAY Food dialed in and pressed a button to hear "practice pumpkin mantras," a deep, soothing voice was heard on the line.

"Hold your pumpkin drink close and open your mind," said the voice in a tone which may induce some serious ASMR brain tingles among callers. "We're going to unlock all the fall feels."

Other options on the hotline included "cozy up with your cup," which featured a crackling fire, and "flannel on repeat," which was literally just someone repeating the word "flannel" over and over.

Following the Instagram post, fans quickly jumped on the bandwagon — or should we say hayride — and total fall fever commenced.

"Would order pumpkin spice all year if it were available," wrote one commenter.

"I just called! I will definitely be redialing in the near future. This made my Monday morning," wrote another fall fan.

Earlier this summer, the coffee chain confirmed that the Pumpkin Spice Latte would be returning for its 17th year in a row.

Before the official announcement was made Tuesday, multiple Starbucks locations across the country took to social media to tell fans that they would start offering the toasty beverage this week. Aug. 25 is now the earliest release date for the Pumpkin Spice Latte in the chain’s history.

The original PSL, which is made with espresso, steamed milk and Starbucks' signature pumpkin sauce flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, has gained a substantial following over the years on social media with many counting down the days until the beverage's return. Previously, Starbucks would release the drink after Labor Day to mark the unofficial transition from summer to fall.

Starbucks' fall menu may be out earlier than ever this year, but Dunkin' already launched its pumpkin-flavored fare on Aug. 19.

EDITOR'S NOTE: (August 25, 2020, 5:00 a.m. EST): This story has been updated to include a statement from Starbucks.