What's in Most Pumpkin Coffees? Hint: It's not Pumpkin

By Shannon Sweeney — / Coffee Talk

Death Wish Pumpkin Chai Coffee Made with No Artificial Ingredients

First, let me preface with this: I love pumpkin coffee and pumpkin spice lattes and I don't care who knows it. I was the girl who frequented the campus coffee shop for her daily PSL—spending basically my entire meal plan on my pumpkin fix. 

Little did I know most pumpkin-flavored drinks are made from a bunch of artificial flavors tricking us into thinking we're drinking different autumnal spices. 

Institute of Food Technologies food scientist, Kantha Shelke has previously said that pumpkin spice's flavor profile only needs 5-10% natural ingredients to trick our brains into thinking we're drinking something that tastes similar to pumpkin pie. That means 90% of the drink is a usually blend of synthetic chemicals.

Instead of actual nutmeg, they use sabinene. Instead of cloves, they use eugenol. In other recipes, pumpkin spice lattes are literally espresso, milk, and pumpkin-spice syrup. No thanks.

These artificial ingredients aren't the right way to create a pumpkin blend—and that's exactly why we wanted to do a pumpkin blend the right way. Our Pumpkin Chai Coffee is made with no artificial ingredients—meaning no chemicals you can't pronounce. 

Our recipe includes: 

The inspiration for our Pumpkin Chai Coffee came from our homemade chai recipe, used at the local coffee shop in Saratoga Springs, where Death Wish Coffee was born. We pair our beans with a magical, chai-inspired blend of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg, and roast them to perfection. 

The final result? A delicious, fresh cup of pumpkin coffee that contains only the freshest ingredients. 

Get your hands on our Pumpkin Chai Coffee for a limited time only. 

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