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As the leaves start to change, so do the menus at many of our favourite coffee chains. While Starbucks garnered attention with the early release of its iconic Pumpkin Spice Latté, Second Cup has now entered the fray with its own arsenal of fall-flavoured drinks aimed at capturing the heart of autumn lovers.

Leading Second Cup's lineup is the Pumpkin Spice Latté, described as "sipping pure coziness from a cup." But where things get really interesting is in their effort to innovate.

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Starbucks has once again pushed up the arrival of its cult classic, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. As if 2023 wasn't chaotic enough, we now have to endure PSL mania a smidge earlier this year. As of August 24, prepare to get your fall on while it's still objectively summer outside.

Now, don’t get me wrong. The Pumpkin Spice Latte has its merits. The hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove makes for a pleasant sipper. And it’s basically become the unofficial mascot of “I can’t even” culture. But Starbucks, do we really need to rush the season? Some of us are still trying to enjoy our last gasps of summer, without being reminded that winter is looming.

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Winter is slowly coming to an end but Starbucks Canada is already embracing spring living with the launch of new pastel drinkware and its seasonal menu, including two fancy beverages.

As of March 7, Montrealers will have the chance to taste the new Iced Strawberry Oat Matcha Tea Latte, a green oat beverage paired with real strawberry pieces and a fruity syrup infused with lemon and cucumber.

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You can sip your Starbucks drink with a little less guilt — yes, you could be saving money by making coffee at home, but at least you're not dishing out the most in the world for a latte.

A new ranking of global Starbucks prices shows Canada isn't the priciest link in the café chain. But if you're looking to spend less on your favourite custom order, you may want to consider a move.

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Starbucks is known for accepting a high level of customization when it comes to signature drinks. A few extra pumps of vanilla syrup here? Sure thing. Some added chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream there? Absolutely. But apparently, some fans of the coffee chain have been taking things a bit too far, according to one barista who took to TikTok to blow off steam about absurd drink requests and her way of dealing with them.

"If you come into Starbucks and you order a Caramel Macchiato blended, you're getting a f***ing caramel frapp," Tiktoker @laney_duh told the camera point blank, still wearing her branded apron and visor.

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Step aside, purple rain, there's a new music-inspired violet beverage in town: lavender haze from Starbucks' secret menu is taking fans of the café chain and Taylor Swift by storm.

Swifties are sweet on the soft purple drink because it looks straight out of the pop star's latest music video, which sees her bathing in a milky purple liquid. For Starbucks fans, it's a chance to flex insider knowledge of custom recipes.

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The beginning of the holiday season is a corporate fabrication. Electric displays, lurid retail window decorations and plastic gifts are the true heralds of the months-long buildup to the December holidays. But free stuff somehow makes it all tolerable. Starbucks Canada is bringing back its holiday season free cup giveaway, offering reusable red tumblers to customers who order a so-called handcrafted fall or winter beverage on November 17.

Canadians don't even have to leave the comfort of their homes to claim theirs. The promotion is valid for in-store, drive-thru, Starbucks app and Uber Eats purchases.

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If you've ever shown up to class or work late with a coffee in hand (#priorities), then you're going to want to try Starbucks' new way to keep you on time and caffeinated. The chain is introducing a Mobile Order and Pay system at over 70 participating Quebec cafés. The app lets you order and pay for your drink without the hassle of waiting in line. You'll also know exactly when your drink is ready for pick-up, thanks to a new prep time feature.

"Mobile Order & Pay enables customers to choose which experience is right for them as they go about their day, save time, get their favourite Starbucks beverage and food items, and enjoy StarbucksRewards in a new, much more rewarding way," said Starbucks Canada director of operations in Quebéc Loic Lebrat.

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As of Tuesday, June 21, summer is officially here and to celebrate, Starbucks Canada wants you to buy its new drinks. The coffee chain has unveiled two new tropical-themed Refreshers so you can still pretend to take part in the Summer of Revenge Travel even if endless lines at the airport are keeping you from a real Caribbean vacation.

The first new beverage, the Pineapple Passion Fruit Refresher, consists of what Starbucks in a press release describes as "tropical pineapple and passion fruit flavours" hand-shaken with chunks of pineapple. Starbucks patrons can also ask for a dash of lemonade to make it extra sweet.

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Well, summer is over. At least unofficially. Starbucks announced Monday that its famous Pumpkin Spice Latte is back across Canada as of Tuesday, August 24.

The cold brew with pumpkin cream will also return on the same date, along with the coffee chain's beloved fall snacks: the pumpkin scone, pumpkin cream cheese muffin and pumpkin bread.

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