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How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’m excited about my recipes this week.  That doesn’t really tell you all that much since I’m  excited about new recipes every week… but this week I’m particularly excited.  Why is that, you ask? Well,  I loved this week’s recipes.  My husband loved this week’s recipes.  My son loved this week’s recipes.  I hope you love them too.  Today I’m going to show you  How to Make Your Very Own Pumpkin Spice Latte, in the comfort of your own home… without waiting in long lines or shelling out a gazillion pennies.   We’re going to make a “tall” latte, as they say in the coffee world.  You’ll be able to get two regular coffee-cup sized lattes out of this method if you’re willing to share the goods with someone else.

I love Instagram.  I shared this photo the other day on Instagram after making this latte and messing with my Camera + App.  You can do the coolest things with photos on your iPhone.

Anyway, here’s how you make this…

Brew your favorite cup of coffee in your cutest coffee cup.  Strong, if you want a strong coffee flavor in your latte.  We use a single brewer Keurig since we don’t go through pots of coffee at our house.  I just found out recently that you can get one of those K-Cup things if you like to brew with your favorite grounds.

Add pumpkin puree to a half cup of milk.  I used whole milk since I love that rich flavor.  If I were on a diet, like I should be, I’d use nonfat milk.

Add brown sugar…

…and vanilla extract…

…and pumpkin pie spice.  Did you know you can make your own pumpkin pie spice?  See the tips in my recipe below…

Whisk all that good stuff together.

And then put it in the microwave.

One or two minutes later, and your pumpkin milk mixture is hot and frothy and ready for latte – ing.

Pour all of that pumpkin milk into a tallish mug or glass.

Pour your hot cup of coffee in next.

Add a little half & half.

Add a teaspoon of sugar…

…and stir and taste.  Add more sugar if you’d like it sweeter.

Add a little bit of whipped cream (optional, but not really).

Okay, add a lot of whipped cream (it’s better that way).

Sprinkle nutmeg on top.

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home

And there you go!  No lines, no weird syrups, and perfectly delicious for a chilly fall morning.  See why I was so excited?  Love.

Yield: 1 drink

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 4 min

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Do It Yourself version of Starbuck's delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte...


1/2 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon unsweetened canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup hot brewed, strong coffee
2 tablespoons half & half cream
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar, or more to taste
whipped cream, optional
ground nutmeg


1. In a glass measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, spice and vanilla. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes- watch closely and remove it from the microwave when the milk is hot and frothy.

2. Pour the pumpkin milk into a tall mug or glass. Add hot coffee. Pour in the cream. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Stir, and taste. Add more sugar, if desired.

3. Optional, but oh so good... add whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Serve immediately!


*Feel free to lighten up the recipe by using nonfat milk and fat-free half & half. It won't be as rich, but it will still give you that yummy pumpkin latte flavor.

*If you don't have pumpkin pie spice in your collection of spices, make your own! Mix equal parts of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg- and measure from there.


342 Responses to “How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte”

  1. postedOct 10, 2011 4:11 PM
    Sheri Almond

    Triple, Venti Toffee Nut

  2. postedOct 10, 2011 4:22 PM

    I love the pumpkin spice latte in the fall, one of my faves, the rest of the year carmel macchiato, or an iced coffe in the heat of the summer, with vanilla or carmel sryup.

  3. postedOct 10, 2011 4:34 PM

    Love me some pumpkin anything. Thanks for posting this recipe im so excited to try it. And this is totally Dave ramsey budget approved!!!!

  4. postedOct 10, 2011 5:04 PM

    I love my coffee with milk, sugar, and cocoa powder.

  5. postedOct 10, 2011 5:16 PM

    Love this. I’m going to make it when my daughter comes to visit this week.

  6. postedOct 10, 2011 5:19 PM

    I love my coffee warm and creamy tasting. My favorite is peppermint mocha, but the pumpkin spice looks amazing!

  7. postedOct 10, 2011 5:21 PM
    Elle Hyson

    first thing in the morning black straight up – in the afternoon while the weather is still warm iced coffee (made with coffee ice cubes) and heavy cream.

    Last week I had a pumpkin spice latte at Panera and can still taste it – now I can make my own – thanks a lot for such a wonderful recipe!

  8. postedOct 10, 2011 5:25 PM

    When I’m out, my favorite coffee is cappuccinos, but at home I like Coffeemate’s white chocolate & caramel creamer!

  9. postedOct 10, 2011 5:28 PM

    LOVE <3 LOVE <3 LOVE <3 Pumpkin Lattes, will definitely try this on the morning!!! I have made many of your recipes they have all been GREAT, I am sure this one won't disappoint! 🙂

  10. postedOct 10, 2011 5:36 PM
    Monica N.

    I can’t drink any milk except for skim…and anyone who has ever tried making a coffee with skim milk, knows it’s just sad lol. It doesn’t make your coffee lighter, so I heat up half a mug of skim in the microwave for about a minute, that makes it slightly thicker so that when you add coffee to it, it’s like having a latte because it’s slightly frothy on top too!

  11. postedOct 10, 2011 5:54 PM

    I love my coffee with cream and splenda. I just love pumpkin flavored anything,

  12. postedOct 10, 2011 6:14 PM

    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe! What a delightful way to spend an Autumn morning!! XO

  13. postedOct 10, 2011 6:26 PM
    Kris M

    I like my coffee with cream and/or french vanilla

  14. postedOct 10, 2011 6:52 PM

    I am a 2% no foam latte lover – and can make them at home since my husband figured out an espresso machine paid for itself pretty quickly! But I do love Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice lattes – can’t wait to try this recipe!

  15. postedOct 10, 2011 6:55 PM

    I like my coffee… seasonally appropriate! Right now I am loving my morning cup with some sweetened condensed milk OR with regular milk + maple syrup. yummy!

  16. postedOct 10, 2011 7:22 PM

    I like my coffee with cream and I like it nice and strong.

    I’ll be stocking up on pumpkin tonight.

  17. postedOct 10, 2011 7:22 PM

    I had never seen your website until I clicked on a friend’s link tonight. I count down the days until Starbucks has their pumpkin spice lattes. Last fall I was pregnant & was excited when my husband would occasionally surprise me with the decaf version. I cannot wait to try your recipe! It looks delicious!

  18. postedOct 10, 2011 7:41 PM

    omg. I love Pumpkin Spice lattes! Can’t wait to make this! If I’m at home I drink my coffee black. If I go to a coffee shop I usually get something with way too many calories like a pumpkin spice latte! 🙂

  19. postedOct 10, 2011 8:09 PM

    kona coffee..vienna roast.
    mmmm…soo good!

  20. postedOct 10, 2011 8:25 PM

    I like my coffee flavored and my fave is Dunkin Donuts Vanilla. Nothing added, thank you. But, I do have a little bit of leftover pumpkin puree and this recipe looks mighty tempting. Thanks!!

  21. postedOct 10, 2011 8:27 PM

    I’m a venti caramel latte gal, but I do love a pumpkin spice latte too:)

  22. postedOct 10, 2011 8:32 PM
    Andrea S21

    OMG . . . I can’t wait to try this out! I love my coffee in the form of Caramel Macchiattos or Pumpkin Pie Spice . . . I love a traditional Vanilla Latte or once in a great while a Peppermint Mocha hits the spot!! Hope to win some coffee . . . can’t wait to try your recipe!! Thanks so much!!

  23. postedOct 10, 2011 8:37 PM

    Will DEFINITELY be making this tomororw AM!

  24. postedOct 10, 2011 8:38 PM

    I am pretty particular with my coffee. My regular coffee is light with a splenda. If it is made right, I will drink it from really hot to room temp to cold. My two favorite flavored coffees are Pumpkin and Blueberry. Have only purchased these and made at home as regular coffee (no latte, frappe etc…) You got me at Pumpkin Latte! We are having a slight heat wave in the Northeast right now, but as soon as the fall chill sets in I’ll be trying out your recipe.

  25. postedOct 10, 2011 8:41 PM

    I am loving that clear cup! So fun!

  26. postedOct 10, 2011 9:13 PM

    My fav is sugar free hazelnut creamer w/ my coffee @ home. Otherwise I love chai latte. This recipe looks amazing & so easy. Can’t wait to make it.

  27. postedOct 10, 2011 9:25 PM

    My most common drink is plain, scalding hot latte. But once in a great while I can’t resist a whipped-cream-on-top kind of hot coffee drink…………..and this one looks like the perfect one. My favorite thing about it? The REAL pumpkin puree you used! So, it’s a tiny bit nutritious, too!

  28. postedOct 10, 2011 9:50 PM

    I drink some type of coffee everyday. Normally it’s just plain coffee with a splash of creamer (my favorites are vanilla caramel or chocolate raspberry). But sometimes I like a mocha. The place by my office has the best mochas – they put espresso in the whipped cream!

  29. postedOct 10, 2011 10:11 PM

    I like my coffee in my cupcakes! 😀

  30. postedOct 10, 2011 10:29 PM

    Gingerbread Latte…my fav every December when they come back!!!

  31. postedOct 10, 2011 10:34 PM

    My absolute favorite concoction is an eggnog latte! It’s a tad early, but really the season is just around the corner, so I’m already dreaming of it….YUM!!

  32. postedOct 10, 2011 11:27 PM

    I had a fireball latte at, of all places, the coffee shop in the hospital while my daughter was having surgery. It was awesome (and the surgery went smoothly too!).

  33. postedOct 10, 2011 11:36 PM
    Diane Vandermast

    I’ll probably disqualify myself by admitting this, but I’m a confirmed tea drinker, and rarely drink coffee. I love to experiment with chai and other tea recipes, and will definitely try this pumpkin one. I have lots of coffee-loving friends and relatives, and would love to win the Starbucks assortment and have a tasting party for them.

  34. postedOct 11, 2011 12:49 AM
    Angela Peterson

    of course my all time favorite is the pumpkin spiced latte! fall can never get here fast enough. thanks to recipes like yours, i can enjoy them year round! runner up is just good old fashioned plain coffee, with a bit of cream! thanks for all of your fantastic recipes!!!!

  35. postedOct 11, 2011 2:25 AM

    Unfortunately, Starbucks left my world after I lost my job! Once in a while a friend does treat me and the pumpkin latte is my favorite! With your receipe I can repay many friends. Txs! Yum!

  36. postedOct 11, 2011 3:14 AM

    Cold brew coffee concentrate….iced with low fat milk, sweetener, and a splash of fat free half and half…..and I’m in heaven!

  37. postedOct 11, 2011 3:43 AM
    Mary Anne Perlmutter

    I love my coffee in a large polish pottery mug. I enjoy all flavors of coffee with a big dose of coffee creamer.

  38. postedOct 11, 2011 5:02 AM

    I like making my own Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home, my own adaptation of other recipes that I’ve seen around the web. If I’m going to a coffeehouse though, I love a good fat free (skinny) latte with sugar free flavored syrup! (chocolate, if they have it)

    Love your recipes!

  39. postedOct 11, 2011 5:07 AM

    I love the new almond joy creamer in my coffee!! Yum.

  40. postedOct 11, 2011 5:17 AM

    Oh, this sounds yummy!! I like my coffee “fancy” so this is perfect for me!!

  41. postedOct 11, 2011 5:28 AM
    Kim W.

    I just like a really good coffee flavor with some sweetener and evaporated milk!

  42. postedOct 11, 2011 5:30 AM

    I like my coffee blackand I also enjoy a mocha latte, yummm!!

  43. postedOct 11, 2011 5:56 AM
    Sharon Haertling

    I take coffee black, if it is medium or light roast, and with splenda and cream if it’s dark roast. But my favorite, secret weakness is McDonald’s caramel frappe’. Can’t wait to try the pumpkin latte.

  44. postedOct 11, 2011 5:57 AM

    I love pumpkin spice lattes! I can’t wait to try this recipe. And I take my coffee hot woth a splash of vanilla coffee creamer. Yum!

  45. postedOct 11, 2011 6:10 AM

    I like my french roast coffee hot with real cream. If I am craving a fru-fru coffee I like vanilla or pumpkin lattes. Made at home of course.

  46. postedOct 11, 2011 6:24 AM
    Jennalee Z

    This looks delicious!!! I love any latte, cappuccino, frappuccino, etc. Especially the special flavors, they all taste delicious! The more fattening indgredients, the better! 😉

  47. postedOct 11, 2011 6:27 AM

    I love my Starbucks, I am a cinnamon dolce fan!

  48. postedOct 11, 2011 6:27 AM

    I love my coffee any way I can get it!

  49. postedOct 11, 2011 6:29 AM
    susan baldner

    I love my coffee strong and I love pumpkin spice latte, I am going to try this with sugar free ingredients!!

  50. postedOct 11, 2011 6:44 AM

    I drink WAY too much coffee. I may be addicted. I take mine with skim and a packet of splenda. Boring, i know.

    But, I love to splurge on a Starbucks skinny vanilla latte. Delicious 🙂

  51. postedOct 11, 2011 6:45 AM

    I love coffee plain – nothing added

  52. postedOct 11, 2011 6:57 AM
    Dianne Nanney

    My grandmothers would fix me coffee when I was little with more milk and sugar than coffee 🙂 I still cannot drink coffee black but I use more coffee than milk or sugar:) anxious to try this pumpkin latte. HAPPY FALL!

  53. postedOct 11, 2011 7:00 AM

    I love the pumpkin spice latte. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe to make it at home. My newest fave is salted caramel mocha. Oh.yum! Plain, iced, is perfect for a summer morning at the park. Really, there isn’t a way I won’t drink coffee. lol

  54. postedOct 11, 2011 7:10 AM

    made it and loved it. of course i can’t have it in both of my morning coffees, but i love the second cup!

  55. postedOct 11, 2011 7:17 AM

    I love my coffee with half and half, a packet of no cal sweetener and a dash of cinnamon.

  56. postedOct 11, 2011 7:23 AM

    Cold pressed iced coffee is my favorite. Sweetened and with a splash of milk. Perfection!

  57. postedOct 11, 2011 7:26 AM

    I like my coffee hot or cold, flavored or not. Always with creme and Splenda

  58. postedOct 11, 2011 7:28 AM

    My wife tells me she married me for my coffee…and really, it’s one of the best things I do. I have perfected the use of the french press. What’s important: water temperature (and water quality), coarseness of the grounds, ground-to-water ratio, the amount of stirs, and the length of steeping.

    There is no alternative to a great cup of french-pressed coffee!

  59. postedOct 11, 2011 7:37 AM
    judy jursch

    I loves me some cofffee! I love it on a hot day, I love it on a cold day, I love it on ANY kind of day! I generally like to keep it simple…black with a little sprinkle of Truvia but would LOVE to try some new flavors. This giveaway is SPECTACULAR!!

  60. postedOct 11, 2011 7:44 AM

    Love my k-cups – black; but I am anxious to try the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

  61. postedOct 11, 2011 7:54 AM

    I like iced coffees with almond milk and some sugar free vanilla syrup

  62. postedOct 11, 2011 8:13 AM

    I love coffee any which way I can get it!!! Pumpkin lattes are my all time favorite….my girlfriends and I are marathoning moms and we LOVE a pumpkin coffee after our long runs!!! Thanks for sharing a penny pinching way to enjoy what we love!!! And The Mommies On The Run thank you, too 🙂

  63. postedOct 11, 2011 8:34 AM

    From October thru December I love all the seasonal creamers are out in the stores! Coconut coffee from DD rocks too…with a little half/half & sugar, thank you very much!

  64. postedOct 11, 2011 9:13 AM

    thanks for the recipe and please enter me in the contest. i like espresso (Nespresso machine), Starbucks, and specialty drinks like Pumpkin latte and the new salted caramel mocha at Starbucks.

  65. postedOct 11, 2011 9:44 AM

    Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha is my favorite liquid indulgence!

  66. postedOct 11, 2011 9:50 AM
    Lisa G

    I made this today and I loved it! Thank you so much!
    I love coffee anyway but black. Hot with cream and sugar, iced, blended, in ice cream, you name it. Right now my favorite is Starbucks salted caramel mocha! If you figure this one out PLEASE let me know!

  67. postedOct 11, 2011 11:26 AM
    Nicole L

    I prefer iced coffee — I use the method from the Pioneer Woman – with a little non-fat milk 🙂

  68. postedOct 11, 2011 12:03 PM

    Pick me Please! 🙂

  69. postedOct 11, 2011 12:13 PM

    Your recipes sound so yummy! I would love it if you could include the nutritional information with them. That way I can decide how much of a treat I can allow myself to eat. Sometimes I’ll splurge and sometimes I’d be more careful depending on the recipe.

    Thanks a million,


  70. postedOct 11, 2011 1:05 PM

    I like my coffee with fat free milk and splenda… trying not to make it too decadent a drink.

  71. postedOct 11, 2011 1:38 PM
    Sara B

    I love all sorts of coffee as long as it is strong! I used to only drink freshly ground and only directly from coffee houses never from a grocery store. I was a coffee snob!! But I’m much more frugal now. I will drink whatever coffee that is on sale at the store. Not that I don’t prefer others but saving money tastes better than the best tasting coffee! 🙂 So I would love to win esp. since I’ve had pretty sorry coffee lately.

  72. postedOct 11, 2011 1:45 PM
    Stephanie Thomason

    I love pumpkin anything!!! Especially a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks! In the fall I always by the pumpkin spice creamer & add it to my coffee. Delicious!! Drinking a cup as I type. Have you ever made pumpkin muffins…easy recipe…1 spice cake box & a can of pumpkin…mix those 2 ingredients only! And bake in a mini muffin pan for about 10 mins. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

  73. postedOct 11, 2011 2:43 PM
    Brittany Cake

    My favorite coffee drink is Starbucks double tall non fat latte with toffee nut, so yummy! Pumpkin spice lattes come in at a close second though. I will definitly be making this recipe tomorrow morning!

  74. postedOct 11, 2011 2:49 PM
    Hairett Lee

    I love my coffee with tons of sugar, cream, and milk but I actually don’t drink coffee until it starts getting cold because I love the hot coffee and sitting at home watching movies. <3

  75. postedOct 11, 2011 3:00 PM

    Can’t wait to try it!

  76. postedOct 11, 2011 3:32 PM

    Oh Wow that looks Amazing!
    I can’t wait to make it.
    I love my Coffee’s with lots of flavor and sweenter and cream !
    I have a feeling this recipe will be a Hugh hit 🙂

  77. postedOct 11, 2011 3:50 PM
    Melody B

    I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes and can’t wait to try one out at home.

  78. postedOct 11, 2011 4:21 PM

    i love it with lots of sugar and lots of cream

  79. postedOct 11, 2011 4:35 PM

    I am one of those people that spends a gazillion pennies on PSL’s at Starbucks. Making my own will put a dent in their profits. Oh – but I will still buy their coffee to make them, so maybe they will be OK.

  80. postedOct 11, 2011 5:47 PM
    Sarah Werner

    I love my coffee all sorts of ways, one of my favs though IS a pumpkin spcie latte from Starbucks, so thank you for this recipe!! I would love to win some Starbucks coffee! 🙂

  81. postedOct 11, 2011 6:12 PM

    Can’t wait to try this latte. My morning joe is black with a touch of half n half. Fav coffee drink splurge is Starbucks iced mocha with lots of whipped cream. Hey, I am truly splurging!


  82. postedOct 11, 2011 7:55 PM
    Amy O

    I can’t wait to try this. I LOVE pumpkin spice lattes. My husband will love it even more if it turns out to be a hit since it will save major dollars. Thanks again.

  83. postedOct 11, 2011 8:10 PM
    Chelsea L

    Love pumpkin flavor, can’t wait to try this! In the summer I like Dunkin Donuts’ coconut iced coffee and in the winter I prefer peppermint creamer in my coffee. And of course pumpkin in the fall:)

  84. postedOct 11, 2011 8:19 PM

    I love this recipe and blog…I posted it on my community foodie blog. Hope you can come check it out

    Also, feel free to post you’re recipes or you’re favourite foodie tips on it whenever you like!

  85. postedOct 11, 2011 9:01 PM

    Yes! The pumpkin spice latte is on the menu tomorrow! Tis the season! My usual is 4 shots espresso(hey, I’ve got kids at home with me!) , steamed frothed milk, sugar. If I get a bit crazy and I’ve remembered all the items on the grocery list then I get whipped cream! I go light in the afternoon and only have a double with a drizzle of carmel.

  86. postedOct 11, 2011 9:23 PM

    My favorite coffee drink is white chocolate mocha. I will try this recipe this fall. Great blog!!! Found it for the first time tonight!!!

  87. postedOct 11, 2011 9:49 PM

    I make my own version of these using canned pumpkin and Epicure Pumpkin Pie spice; however I do like that you use brown sugar. I will definitely try next time. Love love Starbucks coffee! I usually have a brewed coffee in the morning and treat myself to a skinny latte a couple time a week (cinnamon dolce is my favorite)

  88. postedOct 12, 2011 12:57 AM

    How timely to find your recipe…. my favorite fall latte (from Starbucks)! Now I can save a few bucks and make my own… thanks!

  89. postedOct 12, 2011 3:39 AM

    I want my pumpkin spice latte and I want it now! Luckily, I can do that, thanks to your recipe. Thanks!

  90. postedOct 12, 2011 3:42 AM

    I love my coffee in an IV!!!! I love most coffees and can’t wait to try this today:D Thanks for sharing!

  91. postedOct 12, 2011 4:45 AM

    I always feel like a prima donna ordering it but my favorite seasonal coffee is the salted caramel frappacino without whipped cream and using skim milk…it brings out the coffee flavor a lot more

  92. postedOct 12, 2011 5:43 AM

    Great recipe – can’t wait to give it a try! I think my favorite is a good flavored coffee (hazelnut or amaretto are the best!) with way too much creamer. Mmmm.

  93. postedOct 12, 2011 6:49 AM

    The only coffee I truly love is a medium regular coffee from Tim Horton’s with 3 creams and 3 splendas. Pure perfection! Other than that, I absolutely love Panera’s Caramel Latte or regular Latte….or Starbucks’ Caramel Macchiato or Skinny Vanilla Latte.

  94. postedOct 12, 2011 7:39 AM

    Coffee Milk – 1/2 cup strong coffee, 2 Tbsp Chocolate Mocha coffee creamer, 1/2 cup 2% milk, crushed ice. Pour milk, mocha creamer over ice in a tall insulated glass, add coffee — enjoy! A low-calorie yummy drink that keeps me away from the snacks in the breakroom at work !!
    PS – will definitely be trying the Pumpkin Latte – sounds delish

  95. postedOct 12, 2011 8:23 AM

    Gonna try this recipe for sure; but trying to stay away from dairy and white sugar. Think I’ll modify recipe to use Almond Milk and Maple Syrup; everything else will work. I’ll have to let you know how it turns out. Love the real pumpkin in the recipe (adds fiber). Thanks for sharing this recipe! A winner for sure.

  96. postedOct 12, 2011 8:45 AM

    With LOTS of half and half! Yum! This recipe looks delightful!

  97. postedOct 12, 2011 9:14 AM
    Dawn C.

    I have to tell you… this was DELICIOUS! I was SO excited when I first saw the recipe yesterday! I couldn’t wait to make it this morning!! I was even late to work because I just HAD to make this today (note to readers: it’s not time consuming, but does need a few more minutes than a normal cup of coffee). It’s SO much better than Starbucks, IMO. I used vanilla almond soy milk and sugar free vanilla creamer instead of half-half. THANK YOU for the deliciousness and saving me $4.00+ on a cup of coffee!! 🙂

  98. postedOct 12, 2011 9:41 AM

    This is a wonderful Recipe!

  99. postedOct 12, 2011 9:59 AM

    I like my coffee with lots of cream and sugar 😀

  100. postedOct 12, 2011 11:53 AM

    Thanks so much! Just had my first one yesterday (and my second one today). Better to get a recipe than become a frequent Starbucks-er.

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