I’m not someone who likes to put fruit in my beer or a vegetable in my coffee, but after hearing so many friends and colleagues sing the praises of “pumpkin lattes,” I decided to give it a try.
I tried a Starbucks pumpkin latte and liked the autumn flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. What I didn’t like was the candy-bar sweetness. So when I made my monthly visit to Polacari’s Coffee in Boston’s North End, a jar of beans on the top shelf got my attention: the label read, “Pumpkin Pie Spice.”
I purchased a 1/4 pound bag but quickly used it all within a couple of weeks. I liked the fact that I could control the sweetness — no pumpkin flavored syrup like they use at Starbucks. And I found I didn’t need to add any sugar to it. The sweet flavors of fall were enough. I just wish I had bought a larger bag.
So what’s next? Blueberry beer?
(Rootsliving Tip: For the best coffee at home I recommend buying two inexpensive items: a small electric coffee bean grinder and a french press. Grinding the beans just before you brew makes a huge difference. And nothing is easier than making coffee in a french press. The coffee comes out richer and more organically flavorful than any other method.)
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