26 November, 2022, 08:58

What’s cookin’, gourd lookin’? Your guide to pumpkin spice delights in Tucson

Life is gourd.

Fall is in the air. The leaves are… not changing color. The temperature is… also staying the same. Actually, nothing’s changing. Even though it doesn’t feel like autumn in the Old Pueblo, we’re still declaring it “Pumpkin Spice Season.” That’s right, bring us every orange-colored, nutmeg-dusted, pumpkin-spiced drink and treat to satisfy our basic gourd-shaped hearts.

Consider this your local guide to the essential pumpkin spice products you need to pick up this season.

We’ll be updating this as drinks and treats become available.


Pumpkin-themed drinks

Presta Coffee Roasters

100 S. Avenida del Convento, #180 • 501 E. 9th St. • 2502 N. 1st Ave, #100

Introducing The Great Pumpkin Shake from Little Love Burger. It’s their shake of the month so you’d better hurry on down!

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Presta’s got all you pumpkin obsessed fans covered with 2 pumpkin bevvies. The first is a Pumpkin Latte, which you’ll especially love if you aren’t super into the overly sugary lattes. Your second option is the Sugar and Smoke, an espresso con panna for autumnal indulgence, featuring a double shot of espresso, vegan maple whipped cream, cinnamon, and smoked sea salt.

Both are only available hot.

Little Love Burger

312 E. Congress St.

Introducing The Great Pumpkin Shake from Little Love Burger. It’s their shake of the month so you’d better hurry on down!

Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.

228 E. 6th St.

Brewed with Pumpkin Purée, Vietnamese cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, & ginger, Smashing Porters — Crooked Tooth’s seasonal Pumpkin Porter (5.9% ABV) — is a complex and flavorful blend of sweet and roasted malt, hit with a hint of bitter spice, that is exceptionally fitting for this time of year.

Locale Neighborhood Italian

60 N. Alvernon Way

How do you say pumpkin spiced latte in Italian? Pisto Napoletano

Swing by the bakery and give Locale’s seasonal latte a taste. They’re also whipping up a delicious new cold brew just for you!

Hello Bicycle & Cafe

3702 E. Hardy Dr.

Start your day with a Pumpkin Cappuccino from Hello Bicycle & Cafe. House made pumpkin spice base, espresso and your choice of steamed milk.

Iron John’s Brewing Company

222 E. Congress St. • 555 E. 18th St.

Have your pumpkin and drink it, too. We’re eager to imbibe Iron John’s Brewing’s Pumpkin Porter. Be sure to check in with either location to see if they’ve tapped into the seasonal brew.

For more information, visit ironjohnsbrewing.com

Cafe a la C’Art

150 N. Main Ave.

Enjoy homemade pumpkin syrup for all your Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Cream Soda needs.

For more information, visit cafealacarttucson.com


7889 E. 22nd St. (The Pit Tucson)

Attention east side: Pumpkin Pie is the flavor of the month at CuppaGoGo. It’s everything you want in a pumpkin pie experience — a decadent mix between creamy pumpkin and warm spice, topped with fresh whipped cream and graham crust.

For more information, visit cuppagogo.com


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1980 E. River Rd. #110

Smoothie lovers, you’ll want to check out their pumpkin spice smoothie. The drink includes delicious banana and sweet date flavor mixed with the kick of pumpkin spice.

For more information, purelovejuicebar.com


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Transit Tea

2645 E. Speedway Blvd.

For the tea-lovers. The Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte is available on Transit’s secret menu. Black tea, rooibos, pumpkin spice, and vanilla are available hot or iced with your choice of milk.

For more information, visit transittea.com


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Decibel Coffee Works

267 S. Avenida Del Convento #9

Here’s a double feature. Decibel’s serving up its housemade Pumpkin Spice and Maple Cinnamon Latte.

For more information, visit decibelcoffeeworks.com

Coffee Times Drive-Thru

3401 E. Speedway Blvd. 

Pumpkin everything. Seriously, though. Short of a pumpkin-spiced IV injected straight into your veins, Coffee Times is doing the absolute most this season: lattes, blended drinks, baked goods, coffee, and more.

For more information, visit coffeetimes.com

Tucson Hop Shop

3230 N. Dodge Blvd.  

A beer and a pumpkin walk into a bar… The bar’s called Tucson Hop Shop and you can pick up a Pumpkin Pie Treat sour ale from Prairie Artisan Ales and the Spice Latte oat ale from Pipeworks Brewing Company. Plus, more pumpkin spice-themed beers will likely show up on tap or in the fridges throughout the season.

For more information, visit tucsonhopshop.com

Photo by Sarita Mendez

Pumpkin-themed Food

The Blacktop Grill

8300 N. Thornydale Rd., Suite 120

A delightful fusion: pumpkin sopapillas. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Tohono Chul Garden Bistro

7366 N. Paseo Del Norte

Now this is the kind of pumpkin roll that’s worth breaking a diet for! An amazing pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting, crème anglais, and whipped cream.


El Charro Café

311 N. Court Ave. • 7725 N. Oracle Rd. • 6910 E. Sunrise Dr.

El Charro has a new addition to its “mini chimi family.” It’s a Pumpkin Spice Mini Chimi, as a matter of fact. These are filled with pumpkin spice cream cheese, tossed in sugar and cinnamon, and topped with chutney and pepitas.

For more information, visit elcharrocafe.com


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Better Than Provisions

Online ordering & at Multiple Locations

Better Than Provisions believes you shouldn’t limit the joy of pumpkin spice flavors to one season and we tend to agree.  We think you’ll love their pumpkin spice-flavored granola as much as we do… all year long. Premium nuts with comforting cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Yum!

Read our September 2022 article “Packaging Wellness: The success of Better Than Provisions.”

For more information, visit betterthanprovisions.com

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

2500 E. Grant Rd. #182

Don’t snooze on these specials. Snooze is here for your pumpkin pleasure. You can start with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, followed by Pumpkin Pecan Pie Pancakes with a side of Pumpkin Spice Bacon, and wash it all down with a Pumpkin Spice Martini.

For more information, visit snoozeeatery.com

Fili Bakery

Online Ordering & at Multiple Locations

Tucson Foodie’s own Kim Johnston from Fili Bakery offers a Pumpkin Roll with vanilla chai buttercream that’s perfect for any occasion this fall. Reach out on Instagram to order.

For more information, follow Fili Bakery on Instagram

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Ghini’s French Caffe

1803 E. Prince Rd.

Citrouille! No need to know the French translation for pumpkin at Ghini’s. Enjoy Pumpkin Spice French Toast and wash it down with a Pumpkin Spice Latte or Tres Leches Latte.

For more information, visit ghiniscafe.com.

Photo courtesy of Kennedy Satta-Williams, Ghini's French Caffe

Photo courtesy of Kennedy Satta-Williams, Ghini’s French Caffe

Hub Ice Cream Parlor

245 E. Congress St. 

HUB Ice Cream is open for business and serving the perfect dessert in the desert for when you want it to feel like fall. Stop by for flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Cornbread Honey, Pecan Pie, and Honey Goat Walnut.

For more information, visit thehubicecream.com


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Addie Ibarra, native Tucsonan, is a fierce lover of adventure, travels, and Star Wars. Her love of food and drink takes her to places far, far away.