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What you need to make a pumpkin spice latte at home

What you need to make a pumpkin spice latte at home

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For a healthier latte, you can substitute your milk with low-fat or non-dairy milk options. However, keep in mind that dairy-based milk creates a creamier latte.

For a healthier latte, you can substitute your milk with low-fat or non-dairy milk options. However, keep in mind that dairy-based milk creates a creamier latte.

How to make a pumpkin spice latte

If pumpkin spice lattes are your weakness, you'll be happy to learn you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home. And when you make them yourself, you won’t have to spend any extra money at your local coffee shop. These autumn beverages are easy to make, and with the right preparation, you'll be sipping pumpkin spice lattes out of your favorite mug in no time.

Prepare to save yourself time and money without sacrificing your favorite fall beverage. Here’s how to whip up a pumpkin spice latte just like a pro!

Elements to consider for the perfect pumpkin spice latte

High-quality coffee beans

Although pumpkin spice is the star of the show, the unsung hero of every good latte is the coffee itself. And you’ll be sure to enjoy your latte even more when you use great coffee beans. Whether you prefer coffee or espresso, a bold brew balances out the palate-pleasing spice.

Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Coffee Blend, Medium Espresso Roast

If you prefer grinding your beans, this top-selling Italian coffee brand is known for its nutty notes and medium flavor. It’s well suited for both espresso and drip coffee.

Starbucks Medium Ground Roast Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee

This affordable ground coffee by Starbucks has a rich taste, which is versatile enough to blend with your favorite pumpkin spice flavors.

Death Wish Coffee Company Organic Dark Roast

If you enjoy a dark roast with robust flavors, make a note of this brand. With twice the caffeine of your average cup of joe, Death Wish Coffee is perfect for any latte.

How to make a pumpkin spice latte at home

Brew your coffee or espresso

Once you have your preferred coffee beans ground and ready, you’ll want to select the right pot for brewing. Whether you prefer espresso or coffee, using great beans to brew a great cup of jo makes all the difference. 

Cuisinart 12 Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker

This traditional drip coffee maker has a brew-pause feature, so you can enjoy a cup of your coffee before the finished brewing time. It also has a programmable auto shut-off feature.

Ninja Specialty Brew Coffee Maker

Lattes, macchiatos and cappuccinos are just some of the specialty drinks this Ninja coffee maker can whip up. It has a fold-away frother and a gold-tone reusable filter.

IMUSA 4 Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Maker

If you’re serving more than one and prefer espresso for your pumpkin spice latte, the IMUSA Espresso Maker brews four servings of fresh espresso. It has a steam control feature that allows you to froth milk for delicious cappuccinos, macchiatos and lattes.

Pumpkin spice blends

As expected, finding the right pumpkin flavoring is the key to a perfect pumpkin spiced latte. You can create this cozy seasoning in your kitchen by combining ingredients like ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. You can also purchase it pre-mixed, so it’s ready for use right away.

Happy Belly Pumpkin Pie Spice

This Amazon brand offers a warm, sweet pumpkin pie spice packed with fall flavors. It’s perfect for lattes and any other fall recipe.

Spice Supreme Pumpkin Pie Spice

With a blend of cinnamon, clove, ginger, all-spice and nutmeg, this kosher brand provides a bold, well-balanced pumpkin flavor that works particularly well in coffees.

McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice

McCormick is a go-to for most bakers, especially when it comes to finding great spices. Their pumpkin pie spice offers a warm, spicy-sweet mixture that works well for your favorite autumn dishes.

Blend your ingredients

If you want an authentic, coffee shop-style latte, it’s best to mix the hot beverage in a blender. It’s best to use a powerful blender to combine the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender

This 700-watt multi-functional blender has 12 blending functions and has five simple buttons for easy operation. It’s perfect for smoothies, shakes, and of course, mixing up your hot pumpkin spice latte ingredients.

Magic Bullet Blender 11-Piece Set

If you are short on counter space but still want a capable blender, this 250-watt high-torque mixer will do the trick. It comes with additional blender cups and blades.

OSTER 6812-001 16-Speed Blender

This blender features a 700-watt motor, which offers an extra boost of power. It directs ingredients down into the blade to ensure smooth blending. The multiple speeds provide just the right consistency for every kind of beverage.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe

Try the recipe below to make your very own pumpkin spice latte. When you combine these ingredients and follow these simple steps, you’ll be sipping on your favorite fall-flavored beverage in minutes.

  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin purée
  • 2 cups milk (regular or any unsweetened non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or 1-3 tablespoons of sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 shots espresso or 1 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • Extra milk or whipped cream for topping (optional)
  1. Brew your favorite espresso or coffee, and set it aside in your favorite mug. 
  2. Whisk together the pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat. Constantly whisk the mixture until it starts to steam.
  3. Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a blender. 
  4. Place the cover on the blender and ensure it stays on. Then, blend for approximately 15 seconds, or until frothy.
  5. Remove the lid and pour the mixture into the mug with your coffee. If the mixture has cooled, warm it up in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  6. Top with extra milk foam or whipped cream, and add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
     

Rachel Pintarelli is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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