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Origins Of The Pumpkin Spice Latte


Fall of 2016 is finally here. This means the time for cozy sweaters, dark colored outfits, and every person’s favorite drink of choice, the renowned Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is finally underway. For most latte lovers, five of these tasteful drinks weekly will suffice for the cold weather. The brown espresso shot, orange pumpkin syrup, and white milk make this Starbucks latte the perfect combination for coffee lovers. However, it is important to know where this stylish drink came from. You can trace the origins of this million dollar idea to a few years back. Since its introduction, a large number of Americans have made it part of the fall routine.

The following information is a basic description of how the pumpkin spice latte came into being.

The pumpkin spice latte was first introduced by Starbucks back in 2003. The drink was rolled out as part of the company’s fall promotional campaign which usually runs from early September to mid-November when their holiday promotion begins.

In previous years before the introduction of the pumpkin spice, Starbucks has experienced a lot of success with seasonal beverages such as the gingerbread and peppermint latte. As a result, the company made a decision to determine what kind of espresso based beverage could be featured during the fall. Different flavors were tried out, one being the white chocolate mocha which made its debut in 2001.

After careful consideration, the company’s executives decided that pumpkin spice made sense for the autumn season. A year before its launch, Starbucks conducted a fall promotion for their Tazo Chai Latte. This eventually led to the pumpkin flavor being introduced.

Even though every product manager hopes that their creation will become popular, no one quite anticipated just how popular the drink would be. Most drinkers will tell you it sweet, tasty, and filled with the right flavors.

Ingredients of the pumpkin spice latte

• A cup of milk

• 2 tablespoons of pure pumpkin puree

• A tablespoon of sugar

• A ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin spice, and more for sprinkling

• A ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract

• A ¼ cup of hot espresso/

• 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

• Sweetened whipped cream (for serving)

• Caramel coloring

Changes to the recipe

Starbucks is now adding real pumpkin to their star latte and removing caramel coloring. Making its debut this fall, the revamped latte will include the following ingredients

• Espresso

• Milk

• Pumpkin

• Spice flavored sauce (now including pumpkin puree)

• Whipped cream

• Vanilla Syrup

• Pumpkin spice topping

It is predicate that by the year 2020, pumpkin spice lattes will be filled with pumpkin pie and topped with espresso. For those who have heard of this idea, they see no problem and believe if such changes were made; the drink will become even sweeter.

There is no doubt that the pumpkin spice latte has great success among the public. When fall arrives, it is the drink of choice for most. As a result, Starbucks is looking at ways to make it more appealing to those who have not yet adopted. However, at the moment, its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

 October 28th, 2016  
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