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Pumpkin Coffee, Really?

Polcari's in Boston's North End has the best beans at reasonable prices.
Polcari's in Boston's North End has the best beans at reasonable prices.

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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