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Pumpkin Pie Latte, to go with your Pumpkin Muffins

Mmmmm, coffeeeeeee! I love coffee. It doesn't love me. Well, decaf loves me, but I get such a buzz from regular coffee that I can't drink it. Weird, right?

My current favorite decaf is from Trader Joe's. It's their Smooth and Really Mellow Blend Whole Bean Coffee. SO good, as far as decaf coffees go. And since I can only have decaf, my choices for good coffee are very limited, hehe.

A little while ago, I was looking up some stuff about brewing coffee, and came across this page from Alton Brown. Now, I love Alton Brown, and already do most of what he advises there, but 2 heaping tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water? Wha??? This did not compute. My mom, who made great coffee, always used one tablespoon.

But you know, it's Alton, so I figured I'd brew a small pot, to see if he was right.

And yep, you know it. He was. My coffee has gone from good to great! It's not stronger or bitter, it's full bodied. Yes, I finally know why people say "full bodied" when they talk about coffee.

It's a coffee revelation. For me, anyway. I guess I've been living under a rock. Or a bad pot of coffee, you decide.

Which brings me to Starbucks. Their coffee always tastes burnt to me. Always! And the prices? Holy coffee beans! With the way the economy has been sliding down it's slippery slope, saving some cash everyday would be good, right?

They have a new Pumpkin Spice Latte this season. I don't know how much it costs, but I'm guessing it's way more than it costs to make this one. This latte is from New England Coffee, who by the way, is a close second to Trader Joe's decaf. And it's incredibly easy! Make the latte part while your morning coffee is brewing, then mix the two, pop it in your travel mug, and you're ready to go! Or any time you want a warm, (very) slightly spicy latte. It's delicious, and I enjoyed mine with a nice warm, Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffin. Pumpkin overkill? No, it's very subtle in the latte. And though I drink my everyday coffee with half & half, but no sugar, I like my latte-ish coffee drinks sweetened. So I added sugar to taste in this.

Pumpkin Pie Latte
Adapted from New England Coffee

1 serving

1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup milk
1/2 cup of your favorite coffee
-cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice for sprinkling over the top

In a saucepan, heat milk and pumpkin until steaming, or even easier--mix the milk and pumpkin in a 2 cup measuring cup and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes.
Stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
Pour the milk mixture in a blender, and blend 20 seconds until it's all foamy and pretty.
Pour into your favorite mug, then add coffee.
Add sugar to taste, if you like.
A sprinkle of nutmeg, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice over the top, and drink up!


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Reader Comments (44)

Elle, I totally love coffee and your pumpkin pie latte sounds delicious. Just perfect with your pumpkin muffins. Wow. I thought your chai-berry muffins were excellent so I'll have to try the pumpkin muffins.
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October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGloria Chadwick


October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

Really the coffee bothers you? I drink about 2 lattes per day (no sugar) and I get a mild buzz. I've never been affected by caffine (sp?). I love coffee way too much and go to Starbucks a little too much. I need to make more lattes at home. I love you added the good stuff to these lattes.
I also want to say I love your Morning Glory muffins.

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

I don't even drink coffee and I'm finding myself craving a cup of this...oh, and yes, I'd definitely want a muffin with is :).

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

I've been making a pumpkin pie latte too and I love it so much!!

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHoneyB

I'm so with you on the Starbuck's coffee, I've always thought it was really bitter

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Beautiful Elle, I wish coffee gave me a buzz.

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternoble pig

I just recently tasted Starbuck's Pumpkin Latte and I have to say, yes, they are expensive but oh, my, was that latte ever good! I'm so glad you're sharing this recipe, I can't wait to try it! Oh, and thanks for that 2 tbsp of coffee thing, I'll try that too! :)

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLyB

I used to make pumpkin lattes all of the time in the winter months. But I've forgotten them for the past few years. Thanks for the reminder, I'm making one in the morning for breakfast! :-)

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

You can never have too much pumpkin, Elle. NEVER :) I really like your latte, and it's cheaper than the whatever $$. Great idea.

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

There's no such thing as a pumpkin overload! I like your version of this as it uses real pumpkin as opposed to the syrup usually used at a coffee shop. I'm trying this tomorrow morning!

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I can't drink caffeine either, but I also love me some decaf. I'm not going to give up the deliciousness of coffee just because I can't have caffeine. I'm with you on Starbucks too, I used to work at one so I've drank tons of that crap. But for me it was free. Heh. The kicker is this though, to make a medium (grande? crap, I don't even remember) cup of coffee it costs them 9 cents. Then they charge 2 bucks for it. Unreal.

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Wow. That sounds so great. I really can't wait to try it. I never would have thought that a tablespoon of real pumpkin goes in the coffee.

I can't drink regular coffee anymore either, in my case it's acid reflux. :(

I am definately going to try this, thanks so much for the inspiration!

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I am dying to try this! I agree that Starbucks coffee taste burnt. I prefer my coffee from Dunkin Donuts.

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

It is interesting to see a coffee recipe!!

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Erg├╝l

Oh boy... this is what you were talking about today I guess!!!

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSouthPacificBody

I am loving this - I cannot wait to try this yummy coffee drink on a cozy fall day or night....

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy - wheresmydamnanswer

MMM. . . thank you! I love pumpkin lattes and can't wait to make one myself!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMcKenzie

Oh dear! I think I will be making this right away! Looks delicious!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCristine

Sounds strange to add pumpkin to your coffee but all forthe love of pumpkin pie! Gotta love Alton as well!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClumbsy Cookie

Everything pumpkin is delicious. So I'm not surprised to see it as coffee.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternicole

i've been craving pumpkin muffins for ages and this pumpkin pie latte is totally rocking. have to try that soon!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdiva

This looks wonderful Elle!! It almost looks like dessert!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBunny

starbucks ain't got nothin' on you, elle. nicely done!
oh, and alton is officially my food hero. :)

October 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

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October 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGloria Chadwick

I'm with you on the burnt Starbucks taste. Your pumpkin latte looks very tasty.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynnylu

Oh I'm so glad I discovered pumpkin, even if it was later in life. :)

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

That sounds delicious!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessy and her dog Winnie

It's not often I get an instant craving for something - the combination of coffee with pumpkin and spices - oh my - I'm making this in the morning - it sounds like one of those latte's you just sit down and savour and hope it never disappears.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergiz

I am definitely going to have to try this! I NEVER seem to get coffee right but thanks to you maybe I will now. :)


October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! We made this tonight and it is awesome!! I like that it actually has pumpkin in it, and it is SO easy to make.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChan

yUMMY, YUMMY YUMMY!!! Look, I'm so excited about this that I can't even get the caps button right. My husband loves the starbucks pumpkin drink so he will love this one too. Bookmarked!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

that looks yummy esp. the spices combined! what timing to get that *just right photo* before the foam fizzez - perfection! ;-)

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertaste memory

I can't wait to try this recipe and the Trader Joe's decaf. I'm just like you where I can't drink regular coffee because it gives me terrible headaches. The next time we pass a TJ's, I will be stopping to look for their coffee! Thanks for the tip and thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTami

a girl after my own heart! I heart pumpkin latte's but refuse to give SB $4 for a cup... i'd rather make it and keep making it and keep making it and keep making it! :) Thanks for sharing.

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBren@ Flanboyant Eats

Oh Elle they look gorgeous. I'm just after making a pumpkin pie loaf cake (which is on my blog) and I'm going to have to try these too soon :)

I just had a pumpkin decaf latte from Starbucks yesterday and fell instantly in love. I am so excited to make my own!

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Good-bye Starbucks, hello Elle! Thanks for the great recipe!

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan from Food Blogga

I love this recipe and can't wait to try it!!!!! It looks so good.

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie's blog

This sounds great!!! I will definitely try this one.


October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoreen

I haven't been to your blog lately. This looks so good!! I might just have to make it for the holidays!

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie's blog

Pumpkin lattes are my autumn weakness! I like that you use canned pumpkin instead of syrup, great idea. I can't wait to make this. Think it'd be good with espresso?

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I never hopped on the Starbucks bandwagon, but I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. This recipe sounds like a real winner and definitely a lot cheaper than those darned coffee house coffees. Thanks Elle. Think I'll be making myself a nice cup of pumpkin pie latte as soon as the weather cools down.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee - Kudos Kitchen

Thank you, Renee!

August 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

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