In the grand scheme of things, it might not seem all that important that Starbucks is rolling out its Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 24, but, every year, it bugs me.

Don't interrupt the best days of summer --which, by the way, continues until September 23-- with a fall drink made with pumpkin.

Starbucks unleashes its fall menu and the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte returns Thursday for its 20th year. You know the one made with espresso, pumpkin spice sauce, and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie topping?

Two other seasonal beverages are also joining the fall menu - an Apple Crisp Oatmilk Shaken Espresso and an Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte.

A Baked Apple Croissant will also be available for the first time.

Why don't we all put on sweaters and start a big, blazing bonfire? I'll bring the marshmallows.

Admittedly, I am not a pumpkin drink guy, but I know some people are so happy they are beside themselves with this news. You do realize that you are rushing away summer, the best time of the year?

If it seems like the pumpkin wars start a little earlier each year, you are correct.

7-Eleven and Krispy Kreme debuted their offerings the first week of August. Dunkin Donuts was right behind, starting the week of Aug. 14.

I'll take a black coffee...iced. After all, it's still summertime.

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