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TIP OF THE DAY: Holiday Flavored Coffee

Pumpkin Spice coffee is a hit during the
holidays. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE
  Most people have their favorite holiday traditions. One of ours is holiday-flavored coffee, typically a “Pumpkin Spice” blend (a.k.a. “Autumn Harvest”) with pumpkin pie spices—cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.

Big coffee sellers have expanded their offerings over the years.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts has Apple Pie, Mocha Mint and our favorite, Pumpkin Spice.
  • CoffeeAM.com has Cinnamon Sweet Potato Swirl, Cranberry Cream, Edelweiss (praline and Mexican liqueur) and Holiday Cheer (toasted almond, caramel, vanilla and rum), Nutmeg Spice and Pecan Pie.
  • Starbucks’ Thanksgiving Blend has “blend of coffees featuring soft spice, cocoa notes and hints of fine herbs.” and adds maple notes to its Christmas Blend. Starbucks VIA comes in Pumpkin Spice.
  • Year-round flavors like Hazelnut, Praline and Toasted Almond fit right in.
    Some people don’t like flavored coffee, so our strategy is:

  • The regular coffee is flavored.
  • The decaf isn’t.


    You don’t have to buy flavored coffee: You can make your own from regular whole beans or ground coffee. While flavored coffee is typically made by soaking the beans in flavored extracts, the home approach takes the old-fashioned route with real spices.

    Whole Bean Technique

    Mix crushed cinnamon sticks and a few optional cloves with whole beans at a 1/2 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons ratio of spice to coffee). Store in a tightly capped jar for 2-3 days to allow the flavors to infuse. Grind together and brew.

    Ground Coffee Technique

    Mix 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice per 1 tablespoon ground coffee. Stir and brew. Add a splash of vanilla or rum extract and serve.


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