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There's something I just love about fall in Florida. The weather gets just a little cooler, new iPhones come out, and of course pumkin spice season. I love pumpkin spice flavored anything especially coffee. I decided this season was the season to test out all the different pumpkin spice flavored ground coffees I could get my hands on. I went out and bought these seasonal goodies and decided to get started right away. I made all these the same way (the cold brew method), let them sit for the same amount of time, then prepared each cup the same way with just regular milk and nothing else. So here is my rankings. I ranked them based on smell, flavor, powerfulness, and overall satisfaction with bonus points for art work. I know this is a running blog, but runners love coffee don't we?
Publix Premium Pumpkin Pie
So this is technically pumpkin pie flavored but the same idea. First of all I noticed this beautiful artwork on the bag. It promises..
"falling leaves and a cool breeze, as you warm your hands on a freshly brewed mug of luscious pumpkin pie. Nutty, creamy, and fragrant with spice. Autumnal flavors make every sip perfectly nice."
The smell is just as expected with a strong hint of pumpkin flavor. As I sipped on it I knew right away this was a good product. I appreciated the nutmeg flavor but did not get any pie flavors so I would consider this a pumpkin spice coffee and a good one at that. My only complaint would be the strength is weak for my taste.
Overall Grade 8.8
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice
The OG of pumpkin spice coffees. This is the one that started it all, and when I see this orange bag on the coffee shelf, I just know it's that time of year again. The bag promises "notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg together with our lightest roast." It is also the only blend in the competition without artificial flavors.
This actually smells more like vegetables than pumpkin spice. I know pumpkins are vegetables (I think) but still it's not exactly what I want to smell in my coffee. Luckily the smell does not translate to the taste. I can taste the nutmeg and it really just tastes exactly like I would expect. The strength is decent not overpowering. I took off some points for strength and smell.
Overall Grade 9.1
Dunkin Pumpkin Spice
Dunkin cold brew is one of my favorites so I expected that to translate the their ground coffee. Was I ever right about this one. This blend tastes just like you would expect a pumpkin spice fall blend to be just like autumn in a cup. There's a strong aroma and taste of nutmeg and other fall flavors as well. Perfect A++
Overall Grade 9.9
Fall In Love Pumpkin Spice
I've seen this in the homegoods store before but have never purchased it until now. I like the simple artwork and appreciate the theme. Unfortunately I was not impressed with the taste or flavor. It smells just like regular non-flavored coffee. The flavor isn't much stronger it's a bit too weak for my taste. I also get a sense of burnt coffee from it.
Overall Grade 5.0
Bonus: Publix Premium Cinnamon Streusel
This may not be pumpkin flavor but it is a seasonal blend. The bag artwork is beautiful and the flavor tastes just like a cinnamon streusel cake. I highly recommend this blend also.
Overall I enjoyed all the blends but if you want a real treat I would recommend going with the Dunkin Pumpkin Spice. I will be stocking up on more of these before the season is over.