The fall season brings changes to the trees as well as changes to our favorite coffee houses’ special menus. The coffee venues in Searcy may have a different name for their drinks, but they all have the same idea when it comes to delicious fall specials. A few common coffee shops in Searcy that have a specific fall menu are Midnight Oil (801 E. Race Ave.), Starbucks (915 E. Market Ave.) and Mr. Postman Expresso (2307 W Beebe Capps Expressway). The one beverage that is common on all three menus is the famous pumpkin spice latte. Although this beverage seems to win the heart of most people who attend coffee houses, there are a few more drinks on the menu that should be explored.
The three coffee places put their own twist on the fall specials. Midnight Oil’s specials include “The Woodsman,” “The Great Pumpkin Latte,” “Hot Apple Pie in a Mug,” “Candy Corn Soda” and “Campfire Steamer.” The unique “Woodsman” includes maple flavoring, macadamian nut flavoring and cinnamon. The “Hot Apple Pie in a Mug” is not actually hot apple pie but it takes on this flavor by adding vanilla to apple cider. The “Candy Corn Soda” features salted caramel flavor with orange soda, topped with candy corn. The “Campfire Steamer” is hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows.
Starbucks is very consistent with their seasonal menus. For the winter season they bring on the “Gingerbread Latte,” “Caramel Brulee Latte” and the “Peppermint Mocha.” The “Gingerbread Latte” has gingerbread flavoring with real molasses drizzle. The “Caramel Brulee” includes caramel brulee flavor with the standard steamed milk and espresso that is in all lattes.
Mr. Postman Expresso has a similar menu to the other two coffee houses. They include a “Campfire Mocha,” with chocolate sauce and toasted marshmallow syrup, “Caramel Apple Cider Steamer,” with caramel syrup and steamed apple cider, and “Pumpkin Spice Latte.” The two drinks that differ would be their “Caramel Apple Latte,” with caramel syrup, espresso and steamed milk, and their “Spiced Chai.”