pumpkin spice latte

Fall is here, and that means it's time for pumpkin spice everything! But which pumpkin spice drink should you choose - the classic latte or the icy frappuccino? Our in-depth comparison guide has got you covered. We break down the differences between these two popular drinks, so you can indulge in your pumpkin spice cravings with confidence.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) is a popular seasonal beverage made with milk, espresso, pumpkin spice flavors, and sweeteners. It is often topped with whipped cream and garnished with more spices, making it a favorite among coffee enthusiasts during the fall season. This section will discuss the ingredients, Starbucks version, and a homemade recipe of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.


The common ingredients in a Pumpkin Spice Latte include:

  • Steamed milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • Pumpkin spice syrup or pumpkin puree
  • Maple syrup or sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spice (a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Vanilla extract (optional)

The spices used in pumpkin pie spice can also be used individually for a more customizable taste. Additionally, non-dairy milk options such as almond milk or coconut milk can be used for those who prefer a vegan or dairy-free version of the drink.

Starbucks Version

The Starbucks version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte is made with espresso, steamed milk, pumpkin spice syrup, and topped with whipped cream; a dusting of pumpkin pie spice is added for garnish. The drink can be customized with different milk options, such as nonfat milk or almond milk. Starbucks' PSL is a seasonal offering, and caffeine content varies depending on the size and espresso shots used in the drink.

Homemade Recipe

To make a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte, follow these steps:

  1. Brew the coffee: Make a double shot of espresso or strong brewed coffee.
  2. Create the pumpkin mixture: Mix pumpkin puree or pumpkin spice syrup with maple syrup or sugar, pumpkin pie spices, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Heat the milk: Pour your choice of milk into a small pot and heat it over medium-low heat until it is almost simmering. For a frothy texture, use an espresso machine's steam wand or a milk frother.
  4. Combine the ingredients: Pour the steamed milk into the brewed coffee, then add the pumpkin mixture. Stir well to combine, and top the drink with whipped cream and a sprinkling of spices, if desired.

In conclusion, the Pumpkin Spice Latte offers versatile options for ingredients, customizations, and even homemade recipes. It remains a beloved cozy, fall-treat choice for many coffee enthusiasts. For those who are passionate about brewing and want to elevate their coffee experience further, considering an upgrade in their equipment might be worthwhile. Whether you're looking to start a coffee shop or enhance your current setup, a commercial espresso machine can make a significant difference in the quality and consistency of your beverages. Explore our collection to find the perfect espresso machine for commercial purposes that meets your specific needs and preferences.

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

The Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino is a delightful twist on the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte. It offers the beloved flavors of fall in a cold, refreshing beverage. This section will explore the ingredients, Starbucks version, and provide a homemade recipe for this delightful treat.


The essential components of a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino include milk, coffee, pumpkin spice syrup, and ice. The ice is blended with the other ingredients to create a milkshake-like consistency, resulting in a thick and creamy beverage. Additionally, whipped cream and a dusting of pumpkin spice may be added on top to enhance the presentation and taste.

Starbucks Version

Starbucks offers a popular version of the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, featuring their signature coffee, milk, and ice blend, along with pumpkin spice syrup. This limited-edition seasonal beverage usually becomes available in the fall, joining its warmer counterpart, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Starbucks tops their Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino with whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin spice, making it an irresistible option for pumpkin lovers.

Homemade Recipe

For those who prefer making their own Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, the process is fairly simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the pumpkin mixture: In a small saucepan, heat a mixture of milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice until the sugar dissolves and bubbles start to appear along the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and add coffee and vanilla.
  2. Refrigerate: Cover the mixture and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to ensure it's chilled.
  3. Blend: Once the mixture is cold, combine it with ice in a blender, blending until it reaches a smooth, milkshake-like consistency.
  4. Serve: Pour the blended beverage into a glass, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice, and enjoy!

Remember to adjust ingredient amounts and sweetness to personal preference when making a homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino. The joy of creating it at home is that customization is possible, giving each person the ability to craft their perfect fall treat.

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Tony Barlow

Tony Barlow

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Tony Barlow, with over a decade of experience in the coffee industry, is the go-to technical sales expert at Majesty Coffee. He's passionate about helping businesses find the right espresso equipment for their needs.

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