Oct 16, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

A little spice can brighten up an otherwise ordinary cup of coffee – and add a little extra seasonal flavor. Pumpkin spice is a combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg that is typically used to season pumpkin pie and other pumpkin desserts (hence the name), but shows up many other kinds of fall dishes. I’ve even used it in chili before! But like many flavors that work well in desserts, pumpkin spice also works well in coffee. You can add a splash of spice to the top of a latte, but to really get some fall flavor, I like to add this combination of spices to my coffee while it is brewing.

The amount of spice should be added to taste. You can sprinkle the spices over the grounds before turning on your coffee pot or you can blend them with your coffee beans in the coffee grinder, if you’re working with whole spices. I use about 1/2 a teaspoon of ground spices when I’m working with already ground coffee, and slightly more when I’m grinding them fresh. Either way, you’ll get a pot of coffee that has a wonderful aroma and a distinctly fall flavor. It is especially good when you’re making coffee for a crowd and want a little something different. I topped my cup with pumpkin spice marshmallows for even more spice – and a very cute look.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee
coffee of your choice, ground
1/2 tsp ground pumpkin pie spice

or, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
pinch freshly ground nutmeg

Place ground coffee into filter-lined basket of coffee maker. Sprinkle pumpkin spice mixture over the top and then brew as normal.


  • Hubby loves a “certain mail order” brand of pumpkin spice coffee. I haven’t ordered any this year, so I think I’ll surprise him with this. Thanks, Nicole!

  • Hubby loved it, thanks!

  • I have tried something like this before and everytime I do for some reason my coffee pot won’t let the water pass through the filter and I end up getting coffee grounds in my coffee (ewww). Not sure what I am doing wrong but it sucks to have to re-strain my coffee after it’s already made.

  • [...] 1/2 tsp cinnamon – I used a pumpkin pie spice mixture, which I found here. [...]

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