What IS Pumpkin Spice, anyway?

I had a moment of great joy the other day with the wonderful Brown Truck of Happiness delivered my order from CoffeeGiant.com. I had stumbled upon the fact that Green Mountain Coffee’s limited edition Pumpkin Spice coffee was now available, so I purchased as much as I could without attracting the attention of the Food and Drug Administration. (I have to think that the hoarding of coffee falls under some kind of controlled substance laws, or otherwise suggests a person in need of pharmaceutical intervention.)

At any rate, Pumpkin Spice time. Hooray! A couple of weeks back, I recall seeing on Twitter a flurry of tweets celebrating the return of some kind of autumn-y spice coffee in their local Starbucks stores, but to be honest I recall thinking, “Wow. All these people descending on Starbucks for a cup of coffee. How cute.” And then I opened my Seasonal Coffee Sampler that arrived with a recent “regular” coffee delivery and gave ol’ Pumpkin Spice a try. And now I understand.

Only 5 so far today. But it's only 4:30.

I have no idea if what I’m ingesting by the liter is the same as what Starbucks is hawking, and I don’t care. I’ve got Pumpkin Spice in my kitchen, 24/7. I don’t need to wrestle with faux-Italian or crazy descriptive sizing words. (Is a Tall actually small? A Grande is medium? Venti? Doesn’t that mean 20? And if they’re referring to 20, why would that be the biggest? Bring on the “Treinta e sei,” or “Cinquenta e quattro.” Or something.)

I ordered five 24-packs of Pumpkin Spice K-cups. I think that’s nearly a gross — you may think it’s gross, but it’s not — and so let me now take this time to officially apologize to my sister-in-law: She hoarded some kind of coconut coffee flavor at the start of summer, much to my amusement: “How cute. She’s hoarding coffee.” Sue, sorry sistah. You were right. I get it. If you want, you can come over for a Pumpkin Spice coffee while supplies last. I’ll even make it an Ottenta. Or Cento. Your call.

I figure the Pumpkin Spice will last me until end of October or so (if my daughters would please stop drinking it, ahem) — and then it will be on to other seasonal varieties. I’m not holding out much hope for anything better than Pumpkin Spice, however. “Santa’s Blend” gives me pause. Not sure I need the jolly ol’ elf in the coffee biz — he can’t get the kids’ presents under the tree in the correct order. How’s he going to select premium beans?

I think Pumpkin Spice would be extra delicious in this. Don't you?**

**Visit Project: Purse and Boots for more on how you can support Lori (from In Pursuit of Martha Points) and her fundraising for cerebrovascular disease. And poke around there to learn more about this mug. Apparently it’s like the Holy Grail — there are lots of folks clamoring to get it.
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9 Responses to “What IS Pumpkin Spice, anyway?”

  1. liz Says:

    Woot! PSL AND teasing Lori about the dream of her esteemed mug!
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  2. Alice Says:

    I looooove myself some pumpkin spice. Make it a latte, and I’ll give you one of my children.

    Alyson says:

    I’m full up on children. Can I have your husband? (For his handyman skills, sweetie. We’ve got some renovation things going on that are taking for.ever. Anyway, he’s too young for me. And I’m too old. And we’re both too married. And sort of related. Ewwww.)

  3. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points Says:



    I SO wish I could sell the mugs. I just don’t have license rights for my pretty bubble banner for anything that could be considered reselling. *whaa!*

    But yes, you’ve discovered the truth…EVERYTHING tastes better in a Martha Points mug. 😉

    And thank you for the shout to PPNB, you lovely thing!
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  4. Sue Says:

    Dreaming of Island Coconut!

    Alyson says:

    It will be spring again soon…..

  5. Alyson Says:

    Sort of odd how my two peeps there, Sue and Alice, with no gravatars, automatically were assigned mine.

    Anyone know how to cut that out? I’m running WP Thread Comments (the one with all the Chinese….)

  6. Theta Mom Says:

    Yes, Pumpkin Spice wouldn’t last long around here, either!

    And welcome to TMC! Glad you joined us!!

  7. joann mannix Says:

    Pumpkin Spice coffee is like crack. Now, I have to go get me some blend, too!

    I feel like such an uncultivated hick whenever I enter a Starbucks and those baristas are assaulting me with their barrage of technical questions and I’m all, “Uh, I just want a coffee that tastes sweet. And it needs to be big.”

    I’d rather drink my coffee at home, thank you. I think I have a fear of baristas.
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