Perfect pumpkin spice coffee

The cool crisp days of Autumn call for warm beverages that are flavored with the traditional flavors of fall. Among those flavors is the time honored flavor and aroma of pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin pie spice is typically a blend of “warm” spices.

This may include all or some of the following spices:

  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Mace
  • Nutmeg

A recipe will generally consist of the following proportions:

1/4 cup cinnamon
2 tablespoons of ground ginger
1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon of either ground allspice or ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of mace

Some recipes do away with the mace altogether. Many recipes use either cloves or allspice. Allspice tastes like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, but it is actually a berry from the evergreen myrtle plant known as Pimenta Dioica.

To make the perfect cup of coffee, whether flavored or not, you need the following:

Distilled water (distilled water is always best for making coffee. It lacks minerals that can build up in a coffee maker, causing the coffee to develop the unpleasant bitter taste.)

Unbleached coffee filters or a French press coffee maker

Freshly ground coffee beans (1 tablespoon of ground coffee per cup). You can choose your beans, but if you want a richly flavorful cup of coffee, ideally, you should choose either Espresso Roast or French Roast. Beans are roasted for the longest for those two roasts and that brings out all of the natural oils, enhancing the flavor of the coffee.

Pumpkin pie spice blend

Some type of drip coffee maker

Pumpkin pie spice French press coffee

If you are going to use a French press, you will want to boil the water first. Measure out the proper amount of coffee for each cup. You will probably want to use about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice blend per cup of coffee. Mix the spice blend in with the ground coffee.

For a French press, the coffee should be ground coarser than for a drip maker. Put the spiced coffee grounds into the bottom of the pot. When the water has come to a full boil, slowly pour it over the grounds. Then take the plunger and push it all the way down into the pot. You should use a timer and allow the coffee to steep for approximately 3 minutes before pouring it.

Pumpkin pie spice drip made coffee

If you are using an automatic coffee maker, simply add the water to the holding tank. Then put the filter in the filter basket and add 1 tablespoon (or 1/2 tablespoon if you don’t want it overly strong) of coffee for each cup to the basket.

If you are using a manual drip coffee maker, you will need to add boiling water to the measured coffee (the same specifications as above will apply,) adding the water a bit at a time, making sure that it all goes through the filtration process until the pot is filled.

Pumpkin pie spice espresso coffee

You can use a stove top espresso maker (or an automatic espresso maker) and add your custom flavored ground coffee to the basket of either type of maker. You will want to press the grounds down into the filter basket before making the coffee. In a stove top maker, it should take no more than five minutes to make the coffee. The water goes up through the grounds.

If you have an automatic espresso maker, you can froth milk to add to your coffee. If don’t have an automatic espresso maker, you could froth some milk with an immersion blender, or simply steam it and add that to your coffee to create the perfect latte.

No matter what method you choose to use to make your pumpkin pie spice flavored coffee, make sure that you use fresh beans, preferably beans that you grind yourself right before making your coffee, and that you make your own spice blend.

If you make a large quantity of it, you can store it in an air tight glass bottle or jar. If you have a spice grinder and/or a nutmeg grater, you can grind and grate your own spices to create your own perfect blend of pumpkin pie spices.

Pumpkin pie spice is not only used during the fall months; it is perfectly appropriate to use all the way through the Christmas holiday season.

SOURCES:

Allspice explained
Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipes