As real milk allegedly makes its culinary comeback, so too is pumpkin spice, as well as the introduction of its new autumnal counterpart: The Apple Crisp Macchiato.

Flavoured with apple, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, Starbucks describes their new beverage as smelling and tasting “like fall, with an aroma like fresh-baked apple crisp.” Starbucks will also decorate each macchiato “with a cross-hatch of caramelized-spiced-apple drizzle, resembling the lattice on top of a pie,” just to make it that much cuter.

“Creating an ingredient with a spicy baked apple flavor was crucial to be able to bridge an autumn red apple to espresso,” said Raegan Powell, senior manager on the Starbucks research and development team. “Consider how well a delicious slice of warm apple pie pairs with a cup of coffee or how well the combination of Starbucks roasty signature espresso pairs with warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.” Fine, we’re convinced.

“The number-one thing we heard when developing the ingredients was customers wanted more apple,” Powell said of how customers reacted to taste-testing.

And thus, the Apple Crisp Macchiato was born, which debuted in the U.S. in Canada.

Some Starbucks enthusiasts have already tested the macchiato, asserting that it “slaps.”

Others have yet to try it, but plan to do so immediately.

We will be taste-testing the Apple Crisp Macchiato ASAP, so stay tuned.

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