Pumpkin Spice Latte

Why Is It Called Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Why Do People Love It So Much
September 8, 2023 by
Gladys Kyule
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As we enter the fall, we all can't help but think of THE coffee thrill of a freshly brewed pumpkin spice latte. Coffee giant Starbucks, the founder of this iconic beverage, was desperate to replicate the success of the Winter's Peppermint Mocha. 

As we say happy 20th birthday to a seasonal great, Solai Coffee is excited to remind us what makes a drink unique and equip us with skills for a homemade brew. 

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Why is it called pumpkin spice Latte?

  Originally pumpkin pie spice, it is a blend of ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and an occasional sprinkle of allspice. So, the famous pumpkin spice has no pumpkin flavor in it! — Still, it's used to flavor a pumpkin pie, which is how it earned its brand name. 

A cup of pumpkin spice latte topped with cream and cinnamon sticks is on a table with A pumpkin sitting behind. Cinnamon, coffee beans, dried leaves, and spices spilled on the table.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte with cinnamon and cream

Why is Pumpkin Spice Latte So Special?

For young coffee drinkers, experience is king. So, is pumpkin spice any special? Absolutely! The Pumpkin spice flavor is a fan top favorite, with sales a glaring contrast to the chill season it celebrates. Lovers of iced and cold brews also can't wait to order the Latte when fall dawns.   

Professional brewers from Starbucks looked to identify what spices best complimented an espresso. Baristas "in the Liquid Lab," sipped espresso shots with pumpkin pie bites to find the sweet spot, and the results were terrific. 

In a taste test, the pumpkin spiced coffee emerged as a clear favorite, beating out caramel and chocolate options for its uniqueness and flavor. However, the iconic drink is evolving, and since 2015, the pumpkin sauce now comes with pumpkin puree, a product of kabocha pumpkins.

Sip a Pumpkin Spice Latte to Remember Happy Times!

The Pumpkin pie spice is guilty of being associated with happy memories. For many coffee lovers, the coffee latte represents the happy times the fall brings ,and having a delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte is one way of enjoying beautiful thoughts! 

Our homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte embodies cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, all of which are fall spices associated with happy memories in our brains

Make a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte in 10 minutes!


  • 2 cups of dairy milk (or non-dairy)

  • Two tablespoons of pumpkin puree

  • Two tablespoons of sugar (brown or regular)

  •  Whipped cream

  • Cold brew (or Hot) strong coffee

  • Pumpkin Pie Spice and Vanilla extract

Your Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

  • Step 1: Use medium heat to warm pumpkin puree, sugar, and milk in a saucepan until hot (do not boil).

  • Step 2: Remove the hot blend and whisk the pumpkin spice, vanilla extract.

  • Step 3: Add the mixture to your cup then add your cold or hot coffee.

  • Step 4: Top each cup with whipped cream and finish with sprinkles of pumpkin spice. 

  • Voila! You are all set.

    PS:  You can use honey in place of sugar.

    ​To make this vegan, you can swap out honey for maple or simple syrup.

An image of homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte in a cup and a pumpkin on the side

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories 171

  • Carbohydrate 21g

  • Protein 9g

  • Total Sugars 20g

  • Saturated Fat 4g

  • Cholesterol 24mg

  • Fiber 1g

  • Total Fat 6g

NB: Nutritional facts provided above are estimates using the USDA database calculations, assuming one tablespoon of sugar and 2% milk.

Tips to Make the Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Making the best homemade pumpkin spice coffee is a delightful way to embrace the cozy flavors. Here are some tips from Adam and Joann​e Gallagher to help you achieve that perfect cup:

Remember, making the perfect pumpkin spice coffee is fun and creative. You can adjust ratios and the ingredients to suit your preferences. Happy brewing!

  • Use 2% milk or whole milk for better taste. Non-dairy substitutes like oats, almonds, or coconut milk are also perfect.

  • Use a saucepan to simmer your homemade or canned puree to about a third for more pumpkin flavor. 

  • How much sugar you use is up to you! The directions above work with 1 to 3 tablespoons of brown or regular sugar.

  • Vanilla extracts are an optional but a great addition! Enjoy a tastier pumpkin spice latte coffee when you use vanilla extract hints.

  • Use cold brew or iced coffee for an iced latte!

  • Whipped cream is optional, but you can't get enough once done!

  • For a homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice, mix two tablespoons of ground ginger, 1½ tablespoons of cinnamon, a whisk of cloves, and ½ tablespoons of nutmeg (ground). 

With thousands of followers on X and Facebook, the Pumpkin Spice Latte holds a social profile like the next Jack and Jake. It has become a culture that resembles togetherness, love, and happiness, a seasonal treat that Millennial and Gen Z coffee lovers have come to cherish.


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Gladys Kyule September 8, 2023
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