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For better or worse, pumpkin spice season has sprung. The unofficial flavor of fall is everywhere, mixed into several varieties of coffees and lattes at your favorite coffee spots, and plastered all over social media. But what if you hate the stuff? 

Good news: Quad-Cities coffee shops are offering plenty of festive, caffeinated beverages that are completely pumpkin spice-free. And if you don't like coffee, either, you're in luck: There are plenty of coffee- and espresso-free drinks, too. 

And they look as amazing as they taste.

In today's social-media-crazed world, it isn't enough for drinks to simply taste good. Flavor doesn't show up on Instagram — picture-perfect drinks do. As exhibited a couple of years ago by one national chain's “unicorn” drink, beverages don't even have to taste good as long as they look pretty.

Thankfully, several local spots have crafted the best of both worlds: delicious, sweet drinks to perk you up that are photogenic enough to post to social media, should you be so inclined. Hey, all the #basic kids are doing it.

If you're in search of a pumpkin-spice-free pick-me-up, options abound in our area. Here are a few to try.

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