Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Move Over Pumpkin Spice Girls

Hey Gang,

It's the time of year that some people really look forward to... pumpkin spice mania has begun!.  The craze is starting now and will continue until eggnog season takes over. There is nothing like drinking a warm cinnamon and nutmeg beverage in the August heat!

As an unemployed coffee enthusiast, I often feel left out of Pumpkin-Spice-Palooza. (Which by the way, is the mildest of all the paloozas.)  Most the flavored lattes are sold at expensive coffee chains and are served by real-life burritos who write your name on a cup.  (Why they never started that tradition at Taco-Bell is a mystery to me.)

I have tried making my own pumpkin spice coffee, but the stem hits me in the nose when I take a sip. It got me to thinking though, why are pumpkins the most celebrated of the gourds?  I say we give another member of the Cucurbitcea family some time in the spotlight.  Why not combine the popularity of morning refreshments with the nutrients of squash?

Just think of all the fun combinations that Starbucks can have- A zucchini macchiato could be called a Macchaini or a yellow squash coffee could be deemed a Sunshine Squafee. How about a delicious acorn latte, or a Acorlatte as it would be called? Who needs hazelnut as a sweetener anymore when you can put butternut squash creamer in your coffee?

As in life, the possibilities are endless.  Enjoy your early celebration of fall in the relentless humidity and as always...Stay Awake Kids!

Cathy Gainer Corporate Trainer

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