Grab your puffy vest and Ugg boots, it’s Pumpkin Spice season!

By: Dustin Frankus

It is officially Fall in New England. The weather is getting colder, the days shorter, and everyone is sporting their flannel and fleece. I’m going to encourage you to take a break from staging your home or going to open houses and take a little time for yourself. Today we’re going to talk about something very important for this time of year: pumpkin coffee. In an effort to save YOU from having to sip something mediocre, I’ve done extensive research on the subject lately. Read on to get the skinny on the best pumpkin spice flavored coffees and where to find them!

Drink 1: Pumpkin Iced Coffee
Location: Dunkin’ Donuts

The Dunkin’ Donuts flavored coffees are their regular brewed coffee with shots of “pumpkin swirl” syrup added. Their coffee has an orange hue and a distinct sweet pumpkin smell. This coffee is heavier on pumpkin flavor, with a mild spice and bit of artificial sweetness to it. It’s a nice introduction or everyday pumpkin coffee, especially if you have a sweet tooth.


Drink 2: Pumpkin Spice Latte
Location: Starbucks

The Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks is their most popular seasonal drink, and has been since it debuted in 2003. It’s also a syrup added to a traditional latte. It sports a slight orange hue, but is a little murky as it’s blended with dark espresso. It’s much heavier on the warm spices, with pumpkin taking a supporting role in the flavor profile. The flavor finds a balance with the dark roasted espresso, and they work as a team with the velvety whole milk and milk foam. I decided against adding whipped cream, but it would definitely add more of a dessert quality if you did.


Drink 3: Pumpkin Coffee
Location: True North Coffee (Burlington, MA)

True North Coffee has a wide variety of flavored coffees, and they infuse the beans with flavor instead of adding a syrup to their regular blend. The result is a coffee that looks closer to any other brewed coffee. The flavor is very subtle and natural to the taste. It was a very tasty cup of coffee! My mother happened to be with me the day I swung by this local Burlington hangout, and she agreed that it was delicious and would order it again. The only warning I would offer is that they run out of it due to its popularity, so you might want to call ahead.

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Drink 4: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Location: My Apartment In Somerville, MA

A quick google search offers several recipes for a DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’ll include the link below to the one I made, which is a very tempting option from a cost perspective. The most expensive ingredient is the pumpkin spice blend ($6.99), but a small jar will last a whole season. I made the pumpkin spiced milk base (milk, honey, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice) and used French press coffee. The end result was a very satisfying, but slightly bitter latte. If I tried it again, I might add more honey to balance the spice.


Me At Home With My DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

My Verdict:

Although I’d honestly say that each one of the coffees tasted good and I’d have them all again, the clear winner would have to be the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s an indulgence that really makes me feel that autumn has arrived, and I’m SOOO excited about it! If you’d like to give any of them a try, I’d be happy to grab a coffee with you and chat. Just fill out the request below, and let’s get into the season together!



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