October 14, 2019

Higher Grounds’ Pumpkin Pie con Panna

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Oct. 5, 2019

Is it dessert? Is it coffee? Is it for morning? Afternoon? Doesn’t matter — Higher Grounds’ Pumpkin Pie con Panna is the taste of autumn Up North we all need in our lives, and exactly what America’s pumpkin-pie-spice-infused everything wishes it could be. Witness: At cup bottom, a robust pool of organic, fair-trade espresso — with an unexpectedly sunny tang we loved — topped with several full-bodied whorls of whipped cream, drizzled with a syrup crafted from real pumpkin puree and real spices (not a scoop of artificial pumpkin-flavored powder), and topped with a “pie crust” of finely crumbled Biscoff cookies. It’s sugar, it’s spice, it’s a rabbit-hole-like depth of flavor that manages to be sweet without being remotely saccharine. And it brightens any time of day with a proper buzz. Our only complaint: It’ll be as fleeting as the season itself. Get yours before winter bumps it off the specials board. $4 at Higher Grounds, 806 Red Dr., in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. (231) 922-9009, www.highergroundstrading.com.

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