The Pumpkin Spice Latte

Photo by: Michael Allen Smith
Photo by: Michael Allen Smith

The season of the pumpkin spice latte is here. Many are excited to have their fall time beverage back, but others not so much. After making what seems like about a hundred of these drinks at work everyday, I am sick of them by the time it comes to actually trying to enjoy one. Did I mention that I am a barista? Making the PSL is how I pay the bills, so I am thankful that they are so popular, don’t get me wrong. There is no denying the popularity of the PSL. One of the most popular things to do when getting any espresso drink is to snap a picture and post it for all to see, but during the fall season it is the PSL that gets most of the attention.

There are many who claim to hate the drink just because it’s so mainstream. I haven’t met many people who dislike the fall favorite, but they are out there just waiting to wrinkle their noses in disgust whenever they see someone drink or post about their first pumpkin spice latte of the season, and I don’t blame them.

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Photo by: hirotomo t

Starbucks recently announced that this year they would be making the drink with real pumpkin. To many this news was exciting, and to others it sounded a bit odd. What were they even putting in there before? It was just a blend of spices along with caramel coloring that were used to flavor the drinks, but now the drinks are being made with real pumpkin puree along with other spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. After that announcement people were eager to try the new and improved pumpkin spice and see how it compared to previous years.

The price of the drink varies with the location. Places everywhere are jumping on the PSL bandwagon. The pumpkin spice originators, Starbucks, is the first place many think of when it comes to buying a cup of their fall favorite. However, the price is also the highest, so the fact that other places are making the drink for less money is exciting for those who are not trying to spend $5 on one drink. Places like Panera, Dunkin Donuts and Peet’s Coffee are just a few places where you can find a version of the creamy pumpkin beverage. Surprisingly, even gas stations like 7-Eleven have started brewing their own mix of the infamous drink.

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Photo by: mumbot

Whether you like it or not, the PSL is here, and it is everywhere. If you still haven’t tried one, I suggest giving in to all the craze and trying one for yourself. You might be surprised to find that it’s the best thing you’ve tried. You might find that it’s not all that great. Either way, it’s fall and there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a nice hot drink while the weather gets crisp and colder.

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Scrub After You Sip

Photo by: Kimberly K.
Photo by: Kimberly K.

As the season of dry skin approaches, I thought I’d share some coffee wisdom with you all. After you drink your coffee, you most likely throw away the used grounds. Today I’m telling you not to. Instead try mixing your coffee grounds with some coconut oil, brown sugar or sea salt. This scrub will help hydrate your skin as well as smooth out any bumps. There is no need to purchase an expensive scrub when you can make one yourself.

Coffee scrub also helps reduce cellulite, stretch marks, and the appearance of scars. I have been using coffee scrub to improve the appearance and condition of my skin, and so far the results are pretty awesome.

How Coffee is Good for Your Tummy

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Photo by: waferboard

Drinking coffee is a daily routine for many people. It has its usual benefits like giving you that extra energy boost needed to go through the day, but there are benefits that are overlooked. I’m going to get very real right now. Other than helping you conquer your daily tasks, coffee helps your tummy do the same thing. Manhattan Gastroenterology’s article talks about coffee being a natural laxative and when your tummy needs help getting things going, coffee is there to save the day.

I’ll admit that visiting the little girls room has become weirdly important to me. Let me explain without getting too off topic. A recent surgery to fix a problem in my tummy area has left my digestive system all crazy, but I have discovered that a cup o’ joe a day fixes me right up.

Keeping tabs on our visits to the bathroom is pretty important. Visiting it too often or not enough can reveal a lot about our overall health. An article on Everyday Health gets into more detail about what is normal and what is not, but I am going to get back our dear friend, cup o’ joe.

There are many studies about coffee and its effects on the body. All you have to do is type in the word “coffee” into the google search bar and you will see an overwhelming amount of results. We are all different, so the way that your body reacts to coffee will be different than my own. So, I will let the experts’ research and findings lead this one. According to Dr. Mercola, doing too much of anything may not be beneficial to the body, so drinking too much coffee can actually have negative impacts. Less than four cups of coffee is the way to go. Moderation is key. Regular coffee drinkers know how it feels when we have had one cup too many. The sudden anxiety and shakiness are the sign that we have gone too far.

Quick! Think about how many cups you drink a day. Now think about how much sugar it takes to sweeten that up. It adds up quickly, and we all know that too much sugar is not good for our bodies. There are ways to drink coffee without overwhelming amounts of sugar. For example, I find that pairing a black coffee with a good food is a great way to get my morning started. There are foods that pair beautifully with certain coffees, but that is a totally different topic for another day. You can have a black coffee paired with a hot buttery croissant for breakfast, for example.

Until you find your favorite combination of food and coffee, have fun experimenting. There will always be something new to try.

Sip on.