I tried my first Acorn Squash Latte this weekend (on November 14, 2015). It's the current featured seasonal drink at Roy Street. If you are in Seattle, this is worth a try. Roy Street calls it their own twist on the Pumpkin Spice Latte: A fall drink but a little more savory. The "Acorn Squash" syrup is an in-house made syrup. It involves a squash baked with maple syrup and lots of cinnamon sticks, cardamon, cumin and other special spices and ingredients. Eventually the baked mixture gets reduced and filtered to a syrup.
I tried this and loved it. I was stunned how good it was. I didn't need to sweeten my latte with anything extra. The maple base of the syrup gives it plenty of sweetness but the lovely fall flavors come through too.
The Acorn Squash Latte comes to end November 23, 2015. If you happen to be in Seattle, go try this! At the end of the month, Roy Street will switch to a seasonal molasses latte.
You'll find Roy Street here:
700 Broadway East Seattle, WA 98102 (206) 325 2211
I think it's possible that each time I write about Roy Street, I confuse a few people.
"Roy Street Coffee and Tea, Inspired by Starbucks" is a concept Starbucks operation. It is fully owned and operated by Starbucks but it doesn't look or feel like a Starbucks. There is almost no dress code. All the pastries are local. There is beer and wine. The current espresso is Veranda Blend. All beverages are made from a manual espresso machine, with espresso hand-tamped, and milk steamed to perfection.
For a long time, Roy Street has been considered a "learning laboratory" for Starbucks, so the beverages and food may change often. I always include Roy Street on the "must see" list of things to see, if you are visiting Seattle.
There used to be another Seattle "Inspired by Starbucks" store, once called 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea however in 2011, it converted back into a Starbucks. Today, 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea is totally a Starbucks, though still has a manual espresso machine.
My understanding is that there still is one more "Inspired by Starbucks" coffeehouse store - I've heard it's in Tokyo.
That's the story behind Roy Street, in a very short version of the story. Roy Street opened new November 18, 2009.