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This Pumpkin Donut Coffee Tastes Delicious and Makes My Entire Apartment Smell Like Fall

published Oct 15, 2021
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Ah, fall. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, the slow burn into cooler temperatures, and… well, you know, pumpkin spice everything. Although I generally dislike most things pumpkin spice-flavored (with a few exceptions like this awesome herbal tea), I’ll admit I recently had a change of heart. This limited-release seasonal Pumpkin Donut Coffee blend from veteran-owned brand Fire Department Coffee does pumpkin spice right. It’s sweet, it’s savory, and it will make your entire apartment smell like freshly baked pastries.

I received an 8-ounce sample of the Pumpkin Donut blend a month or so back, just as the temperatures were starting to turn. I’ll admit I was wary at first, convinced I wouldn’t fall prey to the pumpkin spice craze that inevitably invades bars, restaurants, and coffee shops nationwide each fall. To my surprise, I took one whiff of this medium-roast coffee as it brewed in my French press and was immediately hooked. My entire apartment smelled like fresh-baked pastries, donuts, and something maple-y and smoky. This coffee tastes like real pumpkin and is not overly sweet, but it’s smooth enough to drink black, too.

If you, like me, are a bit averse to the whole pumpkin spice craze, I recommend you give this Pumpkin Donut riff a shot. With your purchase, you’ll be supporting a small, veteran-owned coffee and merch brand run by firefighters. Along with providing a growing selection of coffee and spirit-infused roasts, Fire Dept. Coffee also supports heroes in need through the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation. Ten percent of net proceeds are donated to help provide essential resources and assistance to first responders who have been injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.

You’ll also likely be back for more of their tasty coffee blends, like their signature Original Medium Roast Coffee or Skull Crushing Espresso. But start with the Pumpkin Donut blend — it will make your entire living space smell like fall.