A Guide to Fall Coffee Drinks in Jersey City

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Fall is in full swing and pumpkin season is here. Dunkin’ was first out of the gates with the pumpkin flavored-items on August 21st with an assortment of pumpkin-flavored treats, coffee drinks {including a new caramel-topped cinnamon-sugar and pumpkin latte}, and even a pumpkin doughnut-scented lip balm. Not to be outdone, Starbucks answered six days later with the return of its OG PSL and a newcomer that’s already become a household name: pumpkin cream cold brew {PCCB}. Now that temperatures are actually dropping, local coffee shops are getting in on the craze. Stop by one of these Jersey City coffee shops to get your fall drink fix. Oh, and if you’ve already got a case of pumpkin fatigue, don’t worry: we’ve included plenty of other less-basic autumnal flavors to keep you caffeinated until peppermint mocha season. Keep reading for a guide to fall coffee drinks in Jersey City. 

Bwé Kafe {140 River Drive South}

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Three words — fall spice lattes. The house-made drink is flavored with organic pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices. The café will also offer apple cider and a black sesame latte in this month, and pumpkin will make an appearance in sweets like an Om Sweet Home vegan, gluten-free doughnut and an Amy’s Bread bundt cake.

Lackawanna Coffee {140 Bay Street and 295 Grove Street}

For the most part, Lackawanna doesn’t limit its creative drinks to a particular season — customers can sip on turmeric tonics and beetroot lattes year-round. But this fall the hip shop, which plans to open a third Jersey City location at 321 Warren Street, is testing a new latte featuring Vermont apple cider, espresso, and milk.

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The Grind Shop {360 Communipaw Avenue}

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This Bergen-Lafayette spot is adding two seasonal lattes to its lineup this fall. One is pumpkin spice {of course} with organic pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and maple syrup. A less-expected addition is the Almond Joy, which has coconut and Ghirardelli chocolate syrup, steamed almond milk, and toasted coconut flakes on top. Roasted marshmallow hot chocolate will also be available through the winter {it’s topped with a brûléed marshmallow}. Those with an even sweeter tooth will appreciate the shop’s baked good selection, which includes treats from cult-favorite New York City spots like Du’s Donuts, Doughnut Plant, and Balthazar. 

Modcup Coffee Company {479 Palisade Avenue, 25 Senate Place, and 210 Hudson Street}

Customers won’t find any pumpkin in the coffee at Modcup — not even in the PUNKin Spice. The drink — a rebellion against our collective PSL obsession — contains a double shot of espresso, house-made chai concentrate, Ghirardelli chocolate syrup, and steamed oat milk, and it’s available hot or iced. The shop added three other seasonal drinks to its menu, too: a buttery caramel apple latte, a spiced maple latte, and a spiced pistachio chocolate mocha.   

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Bucket + Bay Craft Gelato {150 Bay Street}

Bucket & Bay is known for its scratch-made seasonal gelato flavors, but the drinks are equally as impressive. The star for fall is a Dark + Stormy Cafelato: the base is the shop’s Dark + Stormy gelato {it’s rum-infused and swirled with spicy ginger caramel jam}, which is steamed with grass-fed milk and poured over a double shot of espresso. The same gelato can also be incorporated into an affogato. More fall items will join the menu this month, including an apple cider float and a spiced-cider affogato. 

Gregory’s Coffee {10 Exchange Place and 525 Washington Boulevard}

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As if choosing from this Manhattan-based chain’s long list of coffee drinks, teas, smoothies, and juices wasn’t difficult enough, several specials are joining the lineup this fall. The pumpkin spice latte pairs the company’s signature Night Vision espresso {a creamy, chocolatey blend with notes of orange and plum} with house-made pumpkin spice syrup. The maple latte is exactly what it sounds like: Night Vision espresso with your choice of milk and a touch of maple syrup. 

Which of these fall drinks are you most excited to drink? Let us know in the comments! 

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Francesca is an editor in the features department of a national food magazine, where she writes about everything from the latest grocery and restaurant trends to the strange history of ketchup. She grew up on the Jersey Shore and couldn’t bear to leave her home state when she got her dream job in the Big Apple. After eating an unforgettable bagel sandwich in Hoboken, she decided to make the Mile Square her new home. She enjoys new books, Villanova basketball, and long walks through Trader Joe’s.