Did You Know Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Almost Didn’t Happen?

pumpkinspicelatteIt’s hard to imagine that Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, their undeniably most popular cold-weather drink, almost did not happen.

According to Foodbeast.com, when the higher ups at Starbucks were testing fall drink ideas ten years ago, they were less than impressed with the pumpkin spice blend. At that time, they preferred chocolate caramel and cinnamon spice. It was Peter Dukes, the espresso brand manager for Starbucks, who pushed pumpkin spice to the forefront and refused to back down.

It was a good thing he did, as the Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of the coffee shop’s most popular seasonal blends.

The pumpkin spice sauce was developed after consuming several pumpkin pies, both store bought and homemade. They even sampled pumpkin pies with espresso poured over the top of them. The spice combination includes cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, all distinct flavors of fall.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Starbucks introducing the drink, and now it’s hard to visit any coffee house without seeing some version of a pumpkin spice coffee available in the fall.

In fact, we have pumpkin spice k-cups AND pumpkin spice-flavored roasted coffee. You’ll never have to leave your home again to satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings. Check out our seasonal page to catch all of the flavors of the season! Also check out a recipe we posted for making your own pumpkin spice latte!

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