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Sep 14, 2017

Here in New England where I live, the fall is probably the most loved season. The leaves change, it gets a bit cooler, and nothing sounds better than being cozy warm in a cable knit sweater. It all sounds very calm and serene, doesn’t it? But there’s an underlying current to the first few hints at fall.

We know it’s coming, we just don’t know when. That beverage that’s supposed to be reminiscent of comfort food to be enjoyed by a warmth hearth. But then, the craziness takes over.

All of a sudden, people start posting memes of it with young women dressed in leggings and UGG boots holding this seasonal beverage, while real women in leggings and UGG boots are hashtag-self-aware-don’t-care about posting their own photos of them with today’s topic.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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Sources:

The Dark And Murky History Of Pumpkin Spice - The Chicagoist

Thanksgiving 2010 Myths and Facts - National Geographic

6 Thanksgiving Myths, Share Them With Someone You Know - Indian Country Today

First Thanksgiving Meal - History.com

Peter Dukes Shares the Story Behind Starbucks First Pumpkin Spice Latte - Starbucks.com

Invention of the Caffe Latte - Caffe Mediterreaneum

Photos: Goodbye to Berkeley’s iconic Caffe Med - Berkeleyside

Was ‘The Graduate’ really filmed at Caffe Mediterraneum? - SFGate

Historic Caffe Mediterraneum Dead at 60; Berkeleyans Mourn, Struggle to Maintain Coffeehouse Ties - Berkeley Reporter

Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Drink That Almost Wasn’t - The Wall Street Journal

The History of the Pumpkin Spice Latte - The Spoon

New Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Products Coming Exclusively To Grocery Locations - Starbucks.com