Pumpkin Spice: A Green Mountain Coffee History

By Kristen Mercure

Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice

Fall brings many things: cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and, of course, pumpkin spice. With its warm cinnamon and nutmeg notes, pumpkin spice has become a hallmark of the season. In our world, this flavor elicits a fervent following that sends some (and by some, we do mean most) to extreme lengths to stock up before supplies run out. The math is clear: one cup of Green Mountain Coffee® Pumpkin Spice a day for 365 days means the pantry must have at least 16 24-ct boxes at the ready. Clearly for Green Mountain Coffee®, that deep love has made Pumpkin Spice a top seasonal coffee variety. But it wasn’t always that way.

On August 1, 2001, Green Mountain Coffee® Pumpkin Spice coffee hit the shelves as one of the very first pumpkin spice coffees. Following in the footsteps of the popular Autumn Harvest Blend®, the first seasonal offering from Green Mountain Coffee®, its Pumpkin Spice coffee was crafted as one of the brand’s special coffees created to reflect the best aspect of each season. While Autumn Harvest Blend® was a richly layered cup ready to warm up even the coolest fall day, Pumpkin Spice was meant to reflect an up-and-coming flavor: sweet, creamy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. This spice combination may feel like an easy sell-in today, but that was not the case in 2001. In fact, people initially balked at the concept. They simply could not fathom the flavor of pumpkin spice – a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg – being removed from its pureed pumpkin companion and mingled with their favorite cup of coffee. Of course, the first sip of this new fall coffee erased all of their skepticism.

Over the years Green Mountain Coffee® Pumpkin Spice has become the champion of its limited edition seasonal coffees. The success of the fall seasonal collection paved the way for Fair Trade Certified™ coffees crafted specifically for the frost of winter with Wicked Winter Blend®and Golden French Toast®, and the warmth that spring and summer brings with Summer Sunrise® Blend and Island Coconut®. And, as the flavors of the holidays are too delicious to overlook, Green Mountain Coffee® even offers Holiday Blend, Gingerbread, and Spicy Eggnog.

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