I recently started trying to make my own coffee instead of just buying them in bottles or somewhere else, and I found ground pumpkin spice at Walmart. I decided to try it, but since I don’t really know what I’m doing, it is coming out absolutely not right. I can still taste remnants of the real version when I drink it, but my version is transparent and tastes a lot less creamy VS the real version which is opaque and a very much lighter color. What’s the best way to try and make it taste more like the real deal? I’m sure adding milk is a part of it, but I’m not sure how/where/when to add it or if I just need creamer or something. Also, I’m trying to make it iced and I just use a basic gourmia GCM3260. Any help would be appreciated because I’m struggling to find information :(

To be more clear, this is the exact coffee maker I'm using and this is the coffee grounds I'm using. The coffee and the coffee maker have 2 different directions, so I've tried following them both, but they both don't seem to come out too correctly. I'm trying to make it iced, as the machine has iced as an option (although it still brews with hot water so I don't think it would interfere that much with how it comes out). Also, I'm not sure what brew method it's sold for as asked by fixer, because the only directions the coffee actually has is just 1) use 1 and a half tablespoons of coffee and 2) add 6 fluid ounces of cold filtered water. But the only videos I've seen of people making this use hot water?? As a side note, I just went ahead and tried making it the hot option instead of the iced option on the maker, and it came out darker, but it still tasted super bitter, although I'm not sure whether to follow the coffee machine's instructions or whats on the bag with the coffee.

Quick edit - Right after I made the hot coffee I tried icing it and adding creamer. It looked a whole lot more like the real starbucks version, but it didn't really taste like too much. I didn't add all that much creamer, only 5 teaspoons for a relatively big(ish) glass.

  • Welcome! In order to understand what went wrong, we need a clearer description of what exactly you did so far - and ideally also what you want to achieve. Please edit your post and we’ll be happy to help you figure out how to get your desired cup. The tour and the help center, especially How to Ask will explain more.
    – Stephie
    Oct 14, 2022 at 4:45
  • I am also confused about your setup. Are you using instant coffee with a classic (pour-over) machine? You mention pumpkin spice?
    – Stephie
    Oct 14, 2022 at 4:58
  • Looks like an interesting question, but let me add to what Stephie asked for clarification on. By "store bought", you're referring to the Starbucks-branded products sold at grocery stores, rather than what they sell at their own Starbucks shops? They sell ground coffee. What I'm familiar with is a medium grind for use in a drip coffee maker. I'm not familiar with micro ground (sounds like a grind for espresso machines, which isn't typically ground and packaged in advance, other than maybe for pods). Can you clarify what that is, and what brew method it's sold for? (cont'd)
    – fixer1234
    Oct 14, 2022 at 16:38
  • Does the coffee come with any kind of preparation instructions on the package, or have you checked the Starbucks web site to see if they have instructions there (instructions specific to their product are likely to give better results than generic instructions)? And by "bottles", you're referring to ready-to-drink coffee beverages?
    – fixer1234
    Oct 14, 2022 at 16:38
  • @fixer1234 there is an instant coffee line from Starbucks featuring “micro” ground beans. I have a hunch that this may be what we’re dealing with here.
    – Stephie
    Oct 14, 2022 at 21:53


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