I was lucky enough to be in North America in November where I sampled many Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
There aren’t many Starbucks stores in Australia & I’m quite sure they don’t sell any of the wonderful seasonal American treats. Lucky for me, once I had tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte I had an idea of how I could replicate it at home.
For me, a Pumpkin Spice Latte tastes like a chai latte crossed with a strong coffee. And I mean strong. There is no hint of pumpkin, as with many pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavoured treats. The spices generally used are cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves.
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I was so pleased to find the Aldi make Chai Latte pods. I think they were the first brand in Australia to offer them. Many other brands have jumped on the Chai latte pod band-wagon since but I am yet to try any.
DIY Australian Pumpkin Spice Latte
*You will need a milk frother & a coffee pod machine that fits Chai Latte pods
1 chai latte pod
1 coffee pod
sweetener (if desired)
- add milk to milk brother & turn on
- prepare coffee as per machine instructions
- prepare chai in the same mug as per machine instructions (it doesn’t matter which pod you prepare first)
- add frothed milk
- add sweetener if desired
This is best made in a large mug, unless you compromise with a lot less milk than normal. You could pair your pumpkin spice latte with homemade marmalade on toast for breakfast.
Since Melbourne is known as the coffee snob city of Australia, I have been able to order a “Pumpkin Spice Latte” at many coffee shops. I just ask for a large chai latte with a shot of espresso.
After a recent trip to America, my brother was also kind enough to bring me back a few instant sachets. This meant I was able to relive the exact flavour a few more times!