Coffee and Orange Juice: A Surprising Mix Worth a Try?


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Pouring coffee brew over orange juice

Absolutely, the blend of coffee and orange juice can create a unique and refreshing beverage that’s worth exploring.

As an avid coffee lover and home brewer, I’ve spent years experimenting with different coffee combinations at home.

My advice comes from a place of passion and personal experience, and I’ve made it my mission to share this passion with you.

Keep reading if you want to learn:

What’s the Best Ratio?

You could try a 1:1 ratio of coffee to orange juice as a starting point and adjust from there.

The ideal ratio largely depends on your personal preference, as well as the strength and flavor of the coffee used.

If you’re curious about the coffee part, particularly espresso, which makes a great base for this drink, check out our articles on what’s espresso and how to make an espresso for a deeper dive

You can add more orange Juice if the mix is too bitter and add more coffee if it’s too acidic. It’s all about fine-tuning the balance until you hit the sweet spot that appeals to your palate.

You might need more orange juice to balance the flavors if you’re using a particularly strong coffee. Conversely, a milder coffee might require less.

Remember, the joy is in the journey of discovery, so take your time to experiment and find your perfect blend.

How to make it?

Ingredient

  • ½ cup of coffee (recommend espresso 2oz)
  • ½ cup of freshly squeezed Orange Juice  (the boxed kind also works, but is less flavorful)
  • Ice cube

Equipment

  • Regular coffee maker (Espresso machine, French press…)

Preparation

  1. Brew a cup of coffee to your desired strength and let it cool
  2. Meanwhile, Freshly squeezed oranges to acquire 2oz of orange juice
  3. Fill your tall glass about ⅔  of the way with ice cubes
  4. Pour the orange juice into your glass over the ice cubes
  5. Slowly Pour the cold brew coffee or espresso over the orange juice 
  6. Stir the drink, Garnish with a slice of orange (optional) and you’re ready to enjoy your beverage.

Tips:

  • Pour your coffee brew gently over a spoon to stay in a separate layer from the orange juice.
  • Allow your coffee brew to cool before pouring it over ice. To speed up the process we put our coffee brew in the freezer.

Can I add cream or Milk?

Absolutely, you can add cream or milk to your coffee and orange juice mixture, but there are a few things to consider. 

The acidity of the orange juice might cause the milk to curdle, leading to a less-than-appealing texture. 

However, when done right, adding milk or cream can provide a creamier texture and a smoother flavor profile, balancing acidity and bitterness.

Remember, the type of milk or cream you use could make a difference. Whole milk or heavy cream, for example, is less likely to curdle compared to low-fat milk. Also, the order in which you add the ingredients could affect the outcome.

You could potentially avoid the curdling issue by making sure the orange juice and milk are both at the same temperature then Slowly pour the orange juice into the glass of milk and simultaneously stir as you pour. Once the drink has been mixed pour it directly into the glass of ice cubes to avoid separation.

Experimentation is key, and everyone’s taste is different. So, feel free to play around with the ratios and ingredients until you find a combination that suits your palate!

Recipe variations 

Now, there are quite a few ways you can tweak this recipe. you can try it out if you feel like experimenting.

Coffee, Orange Juice + TONIC

Carefully pour in the tonic water, trying not to let it get too bubbly.

Adding tonic water or soda water can make your coffee and orange juice fun instead of settling for a bland beverage. This will make your drink fizzier and more refreshing to taste.

Coffee, Orange Juice + CACAO POWDER

After brewing your coffee, While is still warm, Add a tablespoon of cacao powder with a couple of tablespoons of coffee. Once the paste is mixed, add the remainder of the coffee and mix well. 

Follow the rest of the process as usual

Coffee, Orange Juice + MILK

Slowly pour the orange juice into the glass of milk and simultaneously stir as you pour.

 Once the drink has been mixed pour it directly into the glass of ice cubes to avoid separation.

Follow the rest of the process as usual

Coffee, Orange Juice + CARAMEL SYRUP 

Stir a bit of caramel syrup into the mix

Follow the rest of the process as usual

Can I Use Other Juice?

Absolutely! you can experiment with mixing coffee and different fruit juices! This adventurous pairing can create unique flavor profiles, creating a special treat for your taste buds. However, a few things should be considered.

Firstly, not all fruit juices will pair well with coffee due to contrasting flavors so some taste-testing might be needed.

On the bright side, mixing coffee with fruit juices can provide a nutritional boost, adding vitamins and antioxidants to your beverage. 

Remember, the type of coffee you use, the ratio of coffee to juice, and the temperature at which you serve the drink can all impact the final taste.

Lastly, if you’re watching your sugar intake, go for pure, freshly squeezed juices when possible. This combination is definitely worth a try – who knows, you might discover a new favorite beverage! Keep in mind, though, that moderation is key to enjoying this innovative mix.

I tried this with Pineapple juice and it was also delicious.

Bottom Line

Diving into the world of coffee and orange juice is an adventure in balance and creativity. 

Whether you’re tweaking the brew, adding cream, or trying different juices, remember: the perfect blend is the one you enjoy most. So, experiment away and savor the journey!”

Coffee and orange juice

Discover a unique twist to your morning routine with our Coffee and Orange Juice blend. This unexpected combo takes the rich, robust flavors of your favorite coffee and fuses it with the refreshing, tangy sweetness of orange juice.
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Espresso machine

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz espresso coffee (letting cool before using)
  • 2 oz orange juice (recommend freshly squeezed)
  • Ice Cube
  • 1 Orange Slice optional

Instructions
 

  • Brew a cup of coffee to your desired strength and let it cool.
  • Meanwhile, Freshly squeezed oranges to acquire 2oz of orange juice.
  • Fill your tall glass about ⅔  of the way with ice cubes.
  • Pour the orange juice into your glass over the ice cubes.
  • Slowly Pour the cold brew coffee or espresso over the orange juice.
  • Stir the drink, Garnish with a slice of orange (optional) and you’re ready to enjoy your beverage.

Notes

  • You can add more orange Juice if the mix is too bitter and add more coffee if it’s too acidic. It’s all about fine-tuning the balance until you hit the sweet spot that appeals to your palate.
  • Pour your coffee brew gently over a spoon so that it stays in a separate layer from the orange juice
Keyword coffee,Orange Juice Combo
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AUTHOR

Viky Tiagué is a coffee enthusiast and freelance writer with a passion for sharing his love of coffee.

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