Updated: Oct 8
The breeze is cooling, the leaves are crunching, and the sweaters are returning. This can only mean one thing. Pumpkin Spice season is here. Okay, so we suppose it can actually mean a few things. But as we already know, the only thing that accompanies October quicker than fall is the plethora of Pumpkin Spice products.
How exactly did the pumpkin flavor become synonymous with autumn? We know Americans have been comparing pumpkin pie recipes since the 1600s. Yet, it wasn’t until 1934 that McCormick & Company released the soon-to-be sensation “Pumpkin Pie Spice” seasoning to help make the pies more flavorful. Fast forward 86 years, and today’s shelves have everything from pumpkin spice flavored Spam to scented body wash. Us, well, we’ll stick to the only thing better than pumpkin pie itself, richly blended pumpkin spice coffee.
Over the years, we’ve taken that traditional Pumpkin Spice roast and perfected it with the rich flavors initially intended by the McCormick creators. Pumpkin Spice is actually a blend of four main flavors-cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. Our “Fall Is Upon Us” blend perfectly pairs the pumpkin spice staples with maple and caramel undertones. In fact, this creation came to be on one cool, fall day when Plantation Gourmet Coffee’s Master Roaster, Jeremy Bohnenkamp, was pairing different baking ingredients together to create the perfect sweet treat. He converted his recipe into the ultimate fall blend to fill your mug on an October morning.
Like many of the best things in life, that sweet tooth craving actually went on to inspire more of the best gourmet flavors ideal for autumn. When asked what inspired the wildly popular "Pumpkin Cheesecake" blend, the answer was pretty simple, “That’s my favorite dessert.” We definitely like the idea of getting to carry around our favorite desserts, now, in our favorite coffee mugs. If anyone ever tells you that pie isn’t acceptable for breakfast, just lift your cup of Pumpkin Cheesecake coffee!
For fall lovers that eagerly wait by their closets for the temperature to drop just enough to unpack the flannels and sweaters, your ideal coffee blend actually does exist. We serve up the “Autumn is in the Air” roast, which flawlessly blends white chocolate and, you guessed it, pumpkin spice. The aroma, alone, will make you want to frolic through the fall foliage.
If you’re a classic Pumpkin Spice aficionado, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Coffee lovers can enjoy the traditional “Pumpkin Spice” flavored roast just the way McCormick intended back in 1934. For those looking for just a bit more jazz, give the “Pumpkin, Caramel, and Vanilla” roast a try. While the name is upfront on what to expect, the combination creates a Pumpkin Spice Macchiato sensation in the roast, alone.
You’ve waited patiently all year. So, go ahead and grab that fuzzy blanket, turn on Hocus Pocus, and brew your favorite fall inspired coffee. You do the relaxing; we’ll provide the perfected autumn coffee to fill your mug.
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