The Best Pumpkin Spice Coffee And Pumpkin Spice Lattes You’ll Love Trying And Making!

With fall comes the amazingly delicious pumpkin spice lattes that flood the gates of Starbucks around the world! That’s right, pumpkin spice coffee is absolutely crazy popular and everyone is always trying to recreate the infamous Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. The thing is pumpkin flavored coffee is so much more than your typical pumpkin spice latte that’s filled with barely any pumpkin (is it even real pumpkin?). That and the moment for pumpkin everything has spread the phenomena to other main forms of espresso drinks such as cold brews, iced coffees, pumpkin cold foam, pumpkin espresso shots, and more! So if you’re a coffee fanatic like us, continue o reading because we are going to divulge our favorite and a lot of people’s favorite coffee everything! We’re talking about coffee beans that smell and taste like pumpkin, pumpkin cold brews, pumpkin spice coffee recipes, and more!

This post is all about your ultimate craving for the best pumpkin spice coffee, how to make it and perfect it and commonly asked questions about this fall specialty drink.

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Commonly asked questions for making pumpkin spice coffee

What is pumpkin spice coffee?

Pumpkin spice coffee is basically just pumpkin spice flavored coffee. You can add in spices, extracts, creamers, or even make your coffee using

What is a pumpkin spice latte?

A pumpkin spice latte is exactly as the name suggests which is a pumpkin spice flavored latte. You can use spices, extracts, syrups, or creamer to flavor it giving it that fall festive pumpkin spice taste. And a latte is made of steamed milk, frothed milk, and espresso. So you can imagine flavoring any of these aspects of a latte to taste like pumpkin spice.

Is pumpkin spice cold brew the same as pumpkin spice iced coffee?

Pumpkin spice cold brew is not the same thing as a pumpkin spice iced coffee. Iced coffee is brewed hot and then poured over ice. While cold brew on the other hand is brewed cold using no heat. The ingredients used for flavoring may be the same but the brewing methods are different offering different tasting brews.

What’s better store-bought or homemade pumpkin spice coffee?

This is a very subjective question and everyone has their own opinions. However, for us, nothing beats homemade pumpkin spice coffee. You can add your own spice to it (literally) and make the drink as sweet as you like it. We don’t like our drinks to be too sweet or overbearing in the sense that you only taste pumpkin spice and can’t taste the espresso in the drink so for us homemade takes the win.

Which coffee chain has the best pumpkin spice latte?

Everyone has their own opinions on this and no chain has the perfect PSL because they’re often too sweet or the pumpkin or espresso is too overbearing. With that said Starbucks definitely comes in first for the best pumpkin spice latte, but we do have to ask for it to be half sweet otherwise its just too sweet for us. Others that come close are Peets Coffee and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Is pumpkin spice coffee made with flavored creamer or flavored beans?

It can be either as there are so many ways to flavor your coffee into the perfect tasting pumpkin spice coffee. You can flavor your coffee in so many different ways from using pumpkin spice flavored beans or ground coffee. You can also use extracts, syrups, spices, and creamers to give it that pumpkin spice taste as well.

What coffee roast is best for making pumpkin spice cold brew?

When making any kind of cold brew you’ll definitely want to use a dark roast or medium dark roast. This is because dark and medium dark roasts hold their profile a lot better over time and typically cold brews are kept in the fridge for over a week which can result in lost flavor over time. This is also important because of how cold brews are made. Cold brews as the name suggests are brewed cold which really brings out the profile of the darker roasts.

A lighter roast when being cold brewed might lose its profile and show more acidic properties. Dark roasts having such a strong profile is also important because you will most likely end up diluting or flavoring your cold brew with milk, water, creamer, or other flavors and you want the profile of the coffee to withstand and supplement this extra flavoring you’re adding rather than to be drowned out by these additives.

When does the pumpkin spice latte come back to Starbucks?

While there is no official release date for the Starbucks PSL we can only speculate that Starbucks will follow previous years and release it at the end of August. So hopefully within the last week of August, we will have our precious Pumpkin Spice Lattes back at Starbucks locations everywhere.

Why aren’t pumpkin spice lattes around year long?

Pumpkin spice lattes are only around during seasonal periods for a few reasons. One reason is to get customers excited and make them want to visit their store. Another reason is that while pumpkin spice is a very popular flavor it just isn’t one of those flavors that is going to sell well year round or that people will want to drink in May for example.

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Best pumpkin spice coffee beans, creamers, and drinks you can buy

Best Pumpkin spice Coffee

We listed what we think are the best caffeinated and decaffeinated pumpkin spice flavored whole beans, ground coffee, and k cups based on our own opinions, reviews, and opinions of people we know. This way, with our list, anyone can create and enjoy their own pumpkin spice flavored coffee concoctions year round at home by buying and trying out any of these options.

Whole Beans

The Bean Coffee Company Organic Medium Roast Pumpkin Spice Whole Bean Coffee

This is a pumpkin spice-flavored whole coffee bean, although the product also comes in a ground version as well. This product comes in multiple sizes and is certified organic. These beans being medium roast and whole beans are perfect

Decaf Whole Beans

Coffee beanery Pumpkin Spice Flavored Whole Bean Coffee

This is a decaffeinated pumpkin spice-flavored whole coffee bean. These beans are organic and decaffeinated in the cleanest non-harmful way by using the Swiss water process. The Swiss water process is essentially a chemical-free way to decaffeinate coffee. This bean can be purchased either as a whole bean, or various levels of ground coffee and an automatic drip version as well.

K cups

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Pumpkin Spice K cup coffee pods

These are single serve pumpkin spice flavored coffee pods that are genuine Keurig K pods and come in different quantity-sized packs. These single-serve pods are kosher and recyclable (check locally as not all recyclers will recycle these).

Decaf K cups

Crazy Cups Decaf Flavored Vanilla Pumpkin Spice K cup coffee pods

These are decaffeinated Vanilla Pumpkin flavor coffee pods. They’re compatible with Keurig and most machines that brew using K pods. These pods are also sugar free, gluten free, kosher and recyclable as well ((check locally as not all recyclers will recycle these)!

Ground Coffee

Eight O’Clock Coffee Medium Roast Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee

This is a pumpkin spice flavored ground coffee. This coffee comes in different pack sizes and is kosher certified.

Decaf Ground coffee

Crazy Cups Decaf Pumpkin Caramel Spice Ground Coffee

This is a decaffeinated pumpkin caramel spice flavored ground coffee. This coffee is gluten free, lactose free, kosher, pareve and is vegan.

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Best Pumpkin spice creamers

These are seasonal creamers that will typically only be out and available for purchase during the pumpkin spice, aka. fall, season. We created a small list comprised of some of the best ones in our opinion along with links for you to look at so you know what to buy and try when the season comes along!

Nestlé Coffeemate Pumpkin Spice Liquid Creamer

This seasonal pumpkin spice flavored liquid creamer is super tasty and compliments any coffee drink just right. The creamer typically comes in a 32oz bottle though there may be smaller sizes or single serving sizes available for purchase as well. This delicious creamer is lactose free, non-dairy, gluten free and cholesterol free.

International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer

This is a seasonal pumpkin pie spice flavored liquid coffee creamer thats available in a 32 oz bottle, though there may be smaller sizes or single serving sizes available as well.

Laird Superfood Non-dairy Pumpkin Spice Powder Creamer

This is pumpkin spice powdered creamer for those of you who just don’t like the taste of liquid creamers. This creamer is organic, soy free, non- dairy, non- GMO, gluten free, vegan and comes in different sized bags.

Best Pumpkin spice pre-made drinks

These drinks are seasonal and not out year round of course but these links will show you what they look like and where to potentially buy them at when the time is right, aka. PSL season.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

This is the perfect tasting easiest thing to buy to make your own pumpkin spice cold brew. This pumpkin spice flavored cold brew concentrate typically comes in a large 32oz bottle. The cold brew just requires you to dilute it with water or milk, ice, sweeteners if desired and enjoy! This cold brew can be found at most grocery stores when the time is right!

Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

This is a great pumpkin spice flavored drink to buy on the go as it comes in a serving size bottle loaded up with a ton of caffeine. When the season is right you can find these bad boys at most grocery stores for your convenience.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Enjoy an iced version of Starbucks’ customer favorite, the pumpkin spice latte. This iced pumpkin spice latte drink is best over ice and comes in a serving size bottle perfect for drinking on the go. These amazing drinks can be found at most grocery stores during the season.

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The Ultimate Guide to creating the most delicious pumpkin spice coffee Drinks!

Pumpkin spice latte


Iced pumpkin spice latte

Pumpkin spice latte ingredients and equipment needed



Espresso Machine or a coffee maker

Spoon for stirring

Mug to be served in



This will make 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee for you to use for your pumpkin spice latte or feel free to use 2 shots of espresso

1 1/3 tbsp ground coffee

4 oz water

Pumpkin Spice Latte

1/2 cup strong brewed coffee OR 2 shots of espresso

1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)

2 tbsp pumpkin puree (real pumpkin is essential for a great and natural tasting pumpkin base drink)

1 tsp pumpkin spice powder (Ground cloves, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, and ground allspice)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional if desired:


Maple Syrup

How to make:

Heat your milk in a pan on low heat so you don’t burn your milk. Once the milk is hot stir in pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice powder, and your coffee or espresso. Once hot and all mixed together you can remove from heat and stir in your vanilla extract and when this is done it’s ready to serve. This drink can be served hot and topped with whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin spice powder. This drink can also be served cold over ice as well. For a healthy pumpkin spice latte, we suggest swapping the milk with a nonfat version or your favorite plant milk. AS well as reducing the amount of sweetener added to the finished product.

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Pumpkin coffee


Iced pumpkin coffee

Ingredients and equipment

For this recipe, you’ll need a method of pumpkin spice flavoring such as a pumpkin spice powder mix or a pumpkin spice creamer, both recipes we will list below. You’ll also need some sort of brewed coffee and any additives you desire such as milk, sugar, etc. The easiest way to make pumpkin coffee is to brew your coffee or buy canned espresso and use a store-bought pumpkin spice powder. The most satisfying and tasty way to enjoy this drink is by flavoring it with your own homemade pumpkin spice creamer or homemade pumpkin spice powder mix. You can also buy pumpkin spice flavored beans or ground coffee as well for add that extra natural pumpkin spice flavor to your coffee. To really make things tasty add cold foam to top off your iced coffee! We’ll link the recipe and how-to below!


Coffee machine

Mug for serving

Spoon for stirring



2 tbsp ground coffee

6oz water

Pumpkin Spice flavor methods:

1 tsp pumpkin spice powder or 1/4 cup of pumpkin spice creamer (both recipes below)

Note: For pumpkin spice powder mix you can either use a homemade mix or store-bought pumpkin spice mix works as well.

Optional if desired:



Yields 1 serving

How to make:

First, brew your coffee to your liking using any method you desire for the brewing method. Once your coffee is brewed you will now flavor it using a pumpkin spice creamer or powder mixture. For flavoring, you can make a pumpkin spice powder (recipe below) or use a store-bought pumpkin spice powder. Or you can make your own homemade pumpkin spice creamer (recipe below). After flavoring your coffee you can add any sweeteners you like such as milk or sugar. Now that your coffee is brewed, sweetened, and flavored you can now serve it hot or over ice and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Powder Recipe

1 tsp Ginger

1/2 tsp Cloves

1 tbsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 tsp allspice

Yields 6 servings

Serving size: 1 tsp

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Pumpkin Spice Creamer Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

1 cup Heavy cream, half and half, milk (really any dairy or non-dairy base you wish to use). A thicker base such as heavy cream will give your creamer a thicker creamier consistency.

2 tbsp pumpkin puree

1 tsp pumpkin spice

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional if desired:


Maple syrup

Yields approx: 4 servings

Serving size: 1/4 cup

How to make:

In a saucepan heat your milk on low heat so you don’t burn it. Once hot stir in your pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice powder, and any sweeteners you may desire such as sugar or maple syrup.

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That wraps up our post on all things pumpkin spice, pumpkin coffee, and pumpkin spice lattes! We hope you enjoyed this post and if you did let us know down below how you liked the recipes or the coffees we recommended.

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