10 Things about Ginger

10 things about ginger: 1) It is important in pumpkin spice which is part of a Pumpkin Spice Latte #PSL. 2) It is described as warm, spicy,pungent, woody and/or citrusy. 3) It is commercially available in several different forms: ginger rhizome (fresh "root") ginger powder (dried and ground) ginger essential oil (steam distilled) ginger oleoresin (solvent extracted) ginger CO2 extract (extracted with supercritical carbon dioxide) 4) It is commercially available from many different growing regions: including India, China, Jamaica, Africa, Japan and the Middle East. Each growing region ginger varies in composition and flavor profile. 5) Ginger is used to flavor a variety of  food and beverages: Beverages: … [Read more...]

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte, flavor review

Starbucks Starbucks President, Howard Schultz states,"we believe you should never be without great coffee". Amen. I am a faithful Starbucks customer. I know when I order a coffee at a Starbucks store, it will always taste amazing. Starbucks unflavored coffee VIA are excellent, the perfect accompaniment on a camping trip; where there is no coffee maker. Flavored coffee VIA is not always so  perfect. Balance is difficult to achieve. Often the flavors pop out, taste artificial and are not balanced. Milk fat flavor Pumpkin Spice latte (PSL) is no exception. There are way too many milk fat notes (capric acid, caprylic acid,lauric acid) popping out of this ready brew mix. Drinking the VIA Pumpkin Spice latte, leaves sour, fatty milk notes … [Read more...]