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Spotlight on...Pumpkin Spice

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Spotlight on...Pumpkin Spice

Carrie Masek

Today, Saturday October 26, is National Pumpkin Day, the perfect day to celebrate all things pumpkin related, including Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee.

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when coffee’s only relationship to pumpkin was the cup of coffee many folks enjoyed with their pumpkin pie. That was before Starbucks introduced its Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2003. Since then, Pumpkin Spice has spread to other coffee shops, bakeries and grocery store aisles. All autumn long, Pumpkin Spice is everywhere, Pumpkin Spice cookies, cakes and candy. I’ve even see Pumpkin Spice breakfast cereal and Pumpkin Spice Spam.

As readers of this blog know, Catie has come up with a lovely Bright Pumpkin Spice mix. We’ve already posted the mix recipe and some coffee recipes using the mix, and we’ll post more next week. For today, we’re joining the Pumpkin Spice craze with our own, Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee.

Like all of our flavored coffees, Pumpkin Spice starts with sweet, gentle coffee beans, roasted to a City roast level. We then add the flavoring, a warm blend of holiday spices and pumpkin pie, to make a flavored coffee that’s great black and even better blended with steamed/foamed milk and a bit of sugar for a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Our website will have Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee available through the month of November.

And for those who want even more pumpkin in their day, here are some fun pumpkin facts:

  • Pumpkins are technically fruit.

  • They are native to North America.

  • The oldest evidence of pumpkins come from Mexico, where seeds were found that date to between 7000 and 5500 BC.

  • The word “pumpkin” comes from the Greek word “pepon,” which means, “large melon.”

  • Pumpkins vary a lot in size. The smallest recorded measured about 2 oz. The largest weighed in at 2,323 pounds.

  • The US produced 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins last year.

  • Illinois grows more pumpkins than any other state.

  • Pumpkin flesh and seeds are both good to eat.

Do you enjoy Pumpkin Spice Lattes or other variations on pumpkin spice? Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? If you do, please join the conversation and share your experience on the Facebook thread or in a comment on this blog. Or, if you'd like to share your thoughts with the wider world, leave us a coffee review on Google or on your favorite review site. Not only do we value your opinions, but reviews help more people find us. Help us connect coffee lovers to fresh, quality coffee!


~ Carrie, Paul and all of us at Coffee by the Roast