Best Pumpkin Spice Coffee: The 5 Best for Fall Mornings

The best pumpkin spice coffee has a good balance of spice, doesn’t taste like steeped potpourri, and warms your soul on a crisp fall morning—not that we have those here in Southern California. We brewed up some of the biggest brands on the market to find the best pumpkin spice coffee you can buy—and, no, Starbucks didn’t make the list.

It’s fall (sort of), and that means you can’t swing a stick in the grocery store without hitting at least 15 pumpkin spice products. Seriously, if pumpkin spice were a virus, we’d have Dr. Fauci on the case. Coffee companies in particular have become pumpkin spice superspreaders.

Sure, you could create a pumpkin spice latte at home by simply adding a pumpkin spice-flavored creamer to your morning cup or, easier still, you could simple pluck some pie spice from the pantry, sprinkle it on your coffee, and voila. Of course, there are dozens of pre-pumpkin-spiced coffee blends on the market. We curated a selection of both K-Cups and grounds, brewed them as directed, and a got a little wired tasting them all to find the absolutely best pumpkin spice coffee you can buy. None of these is a perfect ten (seriously, I think you’re better off using a pumpkin spice creamer), but these were our five favorites.

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Best of the Best

Peet’s Coffee Pumpkin Spice K-Cup Pods

I live in a neighborhood with a Starbucks and a Peet’s, like, feet from one another (yay, corporate America!), and I gotta say that after tasting this pumpkin spice blend from Peet’s, I may forsake Starbucks in the future. From its well-rounded aroma to its balanced blend of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove), this coffee is incredibly pleasant. Also, and I can’t stress this enough, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice K-Cups did not taste good. The coffee had an almost fruity aroma and a potpourri-like taste to match. If you’re at the store and have to choose between the two, pick Peet’s.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Balanced

Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee

In some pumpkin spice coffees, you mostly taste cinnamon. In others, the nutmeg overpowers everything else. In this Dunkin’ ground coffee—which we brewed in our cute li’l one-cup coffee maker—you can really taste all of the spices equally, and it really makes a beautifully balanced cup of coffee. Plus, you can still taste that classic Dunkin’ flavor in the coffee itself. I personally love Dunkin’ coffee and they nailed it with this limited edition seasonal blend.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Coffee Flavor

Great Value Medium Roast Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee

These grounds may be medium roast, but this coffee brewed up nice and bold in our coffeemaker. The aroma is a little off-putting (I wrote in my notes that it had “the worst smell of any of the coffees we tried”), but if you can get past that, you’ll be rewarded with a good, strong coffee flavor that avoids dipping into bitterness, even with cinnamon in the mix. If you tend to add a lot of cream to your coffee, this would be a good pick.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Nutmeg Forward

Maud’s Gourmet Coffee It’s the Great Pumpkin, Mrs. Brown Medium Roast K-Cup Pods

The name of this coffee is a mouthful and so is its nutmeg flavor. On the whole, we preferred a pumpkin spice coffee in which you couldn’t necessarily isolate one spice flavor over another, but if nutmeg is your thing (and if you like pumpkin spice, it probably is), then this coffee is the way to go. You could even balance things out by adding a flavored creamer that leans to the cinnamon side, like Coffee-mate’s Cinnamon Vanilla Creme. Plus, the coffee itself is roasty and good.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best Cinnamon Forward

Good & Gather Pumpkin Spice Light Roast Ground Coffee

Cinnamon sticks figure prominently on the packaging of this coffee from Target house brand Good & Gather, and that makes sense when you take a whiff. I thought this smelled more like mulled cider than coffee; there’s a fruitiness to the flavor when you take a sip. I couldn’t quite figure out what to attribute it to, but for a coffee that purports to contain a “hint of pumpkin,” it really works nicely.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Other products we tried: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice K-Cups, Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-Cups, Stok Cold Brew Pumpkin Creamed

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About the Author

Gwynedd Stuart

Gwynedd Stuart, Sporked’s managing editor, is an L.A.-based writer and editor who spends way, way too much time at the grocery store. She’s never met an Old El Paso taco or mozzarella stick she didn’t like.

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  • When making coffee, sometimes I put some ground cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg in the filter when brewing. Like a lacroix tastes of fruit without the sweetness or enjoyment, this is a fun way to feel basic as heck without the purchase of additional coffee flavorings!

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