Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

Posted by Baron Schwartz on Nov 5, 2014 9:33:00 AM

We all know that a programmer is a machine for turning caffeine into algorithms. Now that it’s autumn, and the marketers with their Big Data have figured out that we’ll buy nearly anything if it’s pumpkin spiced, it’s time for a comforting cup of pumpkin spice latte.


But unlike those served at big coffee chains, we’re going do make our own, because we are a DIY crowd, and we’re going to use actual pumpkin to do it. It’s easy and the results are delicious.

Make The Pumpkin Spice Syrup

You need to begin by making pumpkin spice syrup. Do this in advance. Here’s the recipe:

  1. Two cups of filtered water
  2. Two cups of organic evaporated cane juice sugar
  3. A quarter-cup of pumpkin puree (straight out of the can, yo). This needs to be pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling
  4. Two cinnamon sticks
  5. Two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, make some, because you’ll need it later too (it’s for sprinkling on your whipped cream, of course). Mix the following:

  1. 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  2. 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  3. 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  4. 3 teaspoons ground allspice

Back to our recipe. Combine all the ingredients in the first list and simmer them in a pot for 10 minutes, whisking them nearly constantly so they don’t stick and scorch. Strain the result through a coffee filter. It will take a while and you’ll end up with a lot of pumpkin sludge, so set it up in a coffee funnel somewhere that you can just let it sit, while you do other things. And be prepared with several coffee filters.

Refrigerate this in a glass jar such as a cleaned-out spaghetti sauce jar, or other nonreactive container. You can keep it up to a month.

Make The Pumpkin Spice Latte

Now make a latte as usual (coffee or espresso, with warm or frothed milk to taste), and add up to 2 tablespoons of the syrup as you prefer. Top with whipped cream if you like, and shake a little pumpkin spice on top!

Be sure to share a cup with Pumpkin Spice DevOps if you see her, and follow her if you don’t!


(She’s not endorsing our regression algorithm. It just seems like it.)

Now you’ll reach the Howard Schultz Peak really fast and write more codetests in less time than you ever thought possible. Enjoy!

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