A Taste For: What's Brewing

As the days grow shorter, the smells of pumpkin pie and caramel apples tease the tongue. Combined with the aroma of fresh-roasted coffee, the scent of spice can cut through the crisp autumn air to wake up your taste buds from a summer slumber. We asked local baristas how they capture fall flavor, and they responded with everything from brewing to baking. Pair your drink with a perfect dessert, and savor the season.
The Place: Dewey’s Coffee Café and Gathering Place, 13201 Shaker Square, Shaker Heights, (216) 991-1101 
The Drink: A liquid slice of warm pumpkin pie, the Autumn Harvest Latte blends espresso, half and half, pumpkin and cinnamon. ($3.05-$3.90)
The Pairing: Grab an Ohio-grown apple and help Dewey’s support local farmers. ($1.00-$1.25) 

The Place: Brielle’s Coffee and Tea Room, 6523 Brecksville Road, Independence, (216) 642-9292 
The Drink: Drizzled with sweet gingerbread syrup and mixed with toasted chestnuts, the Ginger Toasted Chestnut Cappuccino hints at the Jack Frost to come. ($3.59-$3.99)
The Pairing: Carve into a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. ($3.99-$4.29)

The Place: Gypsy Beans and Baking Co., 6425 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, (216) 939-9009 
The Drink: Apple syrup and cinnamon spice up the Caramel Apple Latte, also topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and crushed peanut brittle. ($3.35-$3.95)
The Pairing: Indulge in a puff pastry apple tart, glazed with caramel drizzle and sprinkled with pecans. ($1.75) 

The Place: Phoenix Coffee House, 2155 Superior Ave., Cleveland, (216) 522-9744 (and other locations) 
The Drink: Made from the ground root of the South African honeybush plant, the Red Tea and Honey Latte offers a tea-rrific alternative to traditional fall drinks. ($2.95)
The Pairing: Tear into a humongous, doughy bear claw bursting with cinnamon and walnuts. ($2.25) 

The Place: Arabica, 818 E. 185th St., Cleveland, (216) 486-7777, (and other locations)
The Drink: Too delectable to serve daily, the great Pumpkin Spice Drip Coffee appears to those who wait for the Saturday special. ($1.55-$1.95)
The Pairing: Go with cream — ice cream, that is! Pair your drip with a dip of maple, caramel apple or pumpkin ice cream for a chilly treat. ($2.25)

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