There are lots of reasons to love the fall, fellow bacon lovers: the beauty of the changing leaves, the crisp freshness that returns to the cooking air, sweater and woollen socks. It’s also a time of renewal, with that back-to-school buzz in the air and excitement almost everywhere you go. But there is one thing that makes me excited about autumn more than anything else: the return on the pumpkin spice flavoured coffee. This seasonal favourite is something I look forward to all year and miss deeply during those hot summer months when iced coffee reigns supreme and I am the only weirdo missing that nutmeg-and-cinnamon goodness. Any day now, that syrupy, caffeinated drink is going to return to coffee shop menus and I shall rejoice.

I didn’t think there was any way to improve upon this glorious beverage, but I was wrong. Some genius has actually thought to combine the pumpkin spice coffee with one of the other best things in the universe: I speak, of course, of bacon. That’s right, the bacon-flavoured pumpkin-spice coffee has now entered the world, and my head might explode out of sheer happiness.

Coffee, Pumpkin Spice and Bacon: Together at Last

This delectable creation is the brainchild of Eileen Gannon of Des Moine, Iowa. She entered her inspired coffee recipe into a competition that Seattle’s Best Coffee holds every year, called the Red Cup Showdown. This wasn’t the first time Gannon’s recipe dazzled the judges – it also took top honours at the Iowa State Fair. Gannon won first prize at the Red Cup Showdown this year, which netted her a $10,000 prize, a year’s supply of coffee and having her drink featured at Seattle’s Best Coffee locations all across North America. If you happen to have the chance to try this incredible coffee in your city, be sure to tell us what you think! I’ll be scouring my home city as well for a chance to try what may be the world’s most perfect caffeinated beverage.

Fall-ing In Love With Bacon All Over Again

Gannon’s drink combines pumpkin pie spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar – with the savory-and-sweet taste of caramelized bacon. Unsurprisingly, the judges fell in love with her offering and just had to give her the award.

And speaking of love: Gannon calls her concoction “How To Win A Guy In One Sip,” a title we have to admit is pretty accurate (though we bet it could win any bacon-loving girl over in a sip, too!). Gannon says that she decided on this somewhat romantic name because of several scientific studies that she read that say the smell of pumpkin pie (especially with lots of cinnamon) increases romantic desire, and everyone loves the smell of bacon, too!