Growing up in Florida, seasons aren't what the majority of states experience, and us Floridians wait for a hint of fall and winter to latch onto. The Halloween stores pop up and maybe you need a light cardigan on your nighttime beach stroll. For the past few years, we've felt Fall thanks to Starbucks and their Pumpkin Spice Latte. They caught wind and added a few other flavors to their holiday line.
I am a former PSL consumer. I'd wait in line, often through the drive-thru w/AC blasting to get my holiday on. This drink was always thick and filling. Sometimes, I'd have a tummy ache afterward. Had I known what I now know, of the ingredients/lack therof, I would have chosen a different route to Santa's Enchanted Forest.
I am especially proud of the premier product in our holiday specialty coffee line: Cinnakin Spice™. With all natural ingredients, and the finest specialty coffee, it will not disappoint and will convert you too, to a former PSL addict. Being a health conscious holiday coffee, we keep the sugar levels low (or you can order sugar-free). With only 8 grams of sugar per serving, you may decide to add more sugar, soy creamer or coconut milk to make your ideal Pumpkin Spice Coffee.
Since the birth of Toro Organics, Melissa & I brainstormed on creating an organic and naturally fantastic way to jump in that pumpkin craze that comes over us each and every year. Being a partner at T.Co has opened my eyes to an unseen world of coffee, harvests - and being a newbie West Coaster has heightened my care and awareness of what exactly is in the food and drink I put into my body. After all, Seattle is the current holder of the title for #1 spot for coffee snobs in the US.
"Seattle is definitely a city of coffee snobs. It's just part of the culture. People here value authenticity, even when it comes to the ingredients of their lattes. They want the artisan, hand-crafted experience..."
The idea was planted, so we moved onto to test kitchen-in July. I provided insight, tastings, holiday season rhetoric as Melissa did what she does best: create. As she stated,
"When you roast specialty coffee you never want to take away from the natural flavours of the region's harvest. As a roaster, I want people to taste the complex thought I put behind every hand-crafted roast. We knew there was no way to get that extremely sugary concoction that 'other shops' were offering because they use pumps of faux flavours and mixes- which the owners of T.Co have eliminated from our diets and are not something we'd promote being neither natural nor organic. This also means that even Cinnakin, with each order, will never taste the same. It'll always be original and something the consumer will have to be their own barista with, and that is exciting to me."
We all pay so much for our bills, rent and mortgages, why not provide the coffee with some "spice" so we can all enjoy the best at home or in a to-go cup? Thereby opting out of the extra cash and wasteful minutes we anxiously awaited a liquid heart attack.
Not only will this be roasted and made to order, like all our coffees, the taste, feel & aroma will only leave you wanting more. It's hand-crafted with a perfect amount of organic pumpkin spice & organic cinnamon to provide the ideal holiday taste. True to it's name, Cinnakin Spice™ at first, brought the sweet fall scent of Pumpkin Spice dancing to my nose. Upon tasting, I recognized the cinnamon, pumpkin, and natural spice- completed with a perfect amount of sweetness (organic coconut palm and cane sugars). I choose to pair my brew with organic milk to make a creamy, delicious, naturally good for your body and soul pumpkin spice, or as we've dubbed: Cinnakin Spice™.
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