The Quest for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee - part 1


DAY 1

I found this recipe and wanted it for my first trial because it uses a Keurig and microwave, not an espresso machine or a crock pot or a full pot of coffee. I have a Keurig and a microwave. And the directions looked pretty simple, though the final product looks very messy.
I started out by adapting the recipe right away. I doubled the amount of brown sugar, hoping I wouldn't need to add sugar to the final product as was suggested, and I used almond milk. I love almond milk in my coffee, and since I'm lactose/cow's milk intolerant, so does everyone around me. :)
To make a cup, I mixed the almond milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar and spice in a measuring cup. Microwaved it on high for two minutes, while I brewed a cup of coffee. I added the vanilla to the milk mixture and poured half into my cup. Tasted. Added more sugar and milk.
I immediately noticed a layer of orange settling to the bottom. The flavour wasn't quite right. And I wasn't pleased with the pumpkin sludge at the bottom of the cup.
DAY 2
After the pumpkin sludge of yesterday's trial, I decided I wanted to try a recipe for a syrup. Less sludge. So I found this one. It requires more work and much longer preparation time, but the sludge is eliminated in the straining step.
Wow. The straining step takes forever! Sludge does not move quickly, my friends. The final yield was maybe a cup of syrup, and I had no idea what to do with the strained pumpkin sludge. I probably could have made tarts with it, but I ended up throwing it out. Just seemed wasteful.
To make a cup, I brewed a cup of coffee, added syrup and almond milk to taste.
The taste was much closer to what I'm looking for, though I did require four spoonfuls of syrup. I also found the flavour was improved with a sprinkle of pumpkin spice on top.
I didn't like the prep time or the waste in this recipe. I also don't think the pumpkin is needed. I could taste the pumpkin in the coffee, and I don't think it's the flavour I'm looking for.
Time to find another recipe.