Pumpkin spice latte devotees can get a cup early, here’s how

Posted at 4:50 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 17:07:58-04

Fall is still three weeks away and Starbucks isn’t officially releasing its ubiquitous autumnal latte until Tuesday, but pumpkin spice latte fans desperate for an early cup of the drink can use a special code to get one, Starbucks announced Wednesday night.

PSL devotees can go to a site, enter their phone number and get a pass code for early access to the drink. Show the code to a barista and you can get your hands on fall in a cup.

“Fall starts when your drink says so,” the company wrote on its Facebook page.

Even with the early access code, Starbucks isn’t the first company to launch the seasonal drink this year. McDonald’s launched its PSL on Wednesday.

The drink made its debut in 2003 and spurred a pumpkin-flavored craze. It’s Starbucks’ most popular seasonal beverage of all time, according to the company. The drink has been made with real pumpkin since 2015. Fans of the drink can also buy PSL K-cups and bottled pumpkin spice frappuccinos in grocery stores.

“When you taste PSL, it tastes just like fall,” said Starbucks Director of Espresso and Brewed Coffee Peter Dukes.

The beverage has been away for months – apparently, according to its Instagram account, it fell asleep on a beach in Bora Bora and woke up in a glass case at the Museum of Modern Art.