How To Make Pumpkin Spice Coffee At Home

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Written by: Shannon Sweeney

Fall is officially in full swing, which means crisp leaves, warm sweaters, and pumpkin flavored everything. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is back for the 15th year in a row — and it stole our hearts the moment it was released. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t drink a PSL at least once a day while I was in college.

At the time, I wasn’t thinking of what was actually in their pumpkin spice latte. Just a few spices to give it that autumnal taste, right? Wrong. Let’s take a closer look.

What’s actually in most Pumpkin Spice Lattes?

Pumpkin spice’s flavor profile only needs 5 to 10 percent natural ingredients to make us think we’re drinking something as fresh and natural as a homemade pumpkin pie. That means that 90% of our favorite pumpkin drinks are a blend of a bunch of chemicals, according to an interview from Institute of Food Technologies food scientist Kantha Shelke.

I hate to break it to you, but the pumpkin spice latte you’re buying at the drive thru is more than likely all artificial ingredients. And not to mention that our favorite pumpkin spice latte calories are upwards of 350 for a 16-ounce serving. No thank you.

There are also a ton of products on the market that give you the ability to make pumpkin coffee at home — including pumpkin creamers, syrups, flavor packets, and more. However, these also usually do not contain natural ingredients.

Can I make pumpkin spice coffee at home?

Yes! You don’t have to completely cut pumpkin coffee out of your life if you’re looking for an all-natural substitute. You can make it right at home in your kitchen, which won’t only taste delicious, but will make your house smell absolutely amazing.

The only way to ensure you’re getting the freshest, most natural pumpkin coffee is to make it yourself, or to buy it from someone who doesn’t use artificial ingredients. We’re here to help you fire up your own cauldron — here’s how to make DIY pumpkin spice coffee right at home.

What spices are in pumpkin spice coffee?

Here’s what you need to make pumpkin spice coffee at home:

  • 3 tbsp fresh coffee beans

  • 200-300 ml water (depending on the strength you prefer)

  • ½ tsp ground cloves

  • ½ tsp ground allspice

  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1 tbsp ground ginger

  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon

I recommend getting these ingredients as fresh as possible — instead of using powders and flavor packets, buy fresh ginger, fresh cinnamon, and use fresh coffee, obviously! Coffee that has been sitting out for awhile or isn’t stored properly won’t have as good as a taste.

How do you make pumpkin spice coffee?

Once you have the ingredients you need, it’s time to get brewing.

1. Use about 3 tbsp of coffee beans for this recipe (it’s recommended to use 20g of coffee per 200-300ml of water). This is about a 1:10 or 1:15 ratio. You can change this around depending on how strong you want your coffee — the best part about this recipe is that you can adjust it to fit your own personal taste buds!

2. Combine ground cloves, ground allspice, freshly grated nutmeg, ground ginger, and ground cinnamon, and mix it directly with your coffee grounds. If you’re using whole bean coffee, grind it all up together!

3. Brew it up with your favorite method. My personal favorite is the Chemex, which is a pour over method. If you use a Chemex, make sure water is just under boiling. But if you’re using a regular auto-drip maker, make your coffee as usual.

Just like that, you’ll have a fresh cup of coffee that tastes like it came right out of a pumpkin patch. This recipe gives you the warmth and spice you crave with a fall drink, but isn’t overly sweet or pumped with chemicals. Plus, there are virtually no calories in this coffee, which is a major bonus. Mix it with your favorite coffee additives or drink it black — we promise it will be delicious.