There are many different types of coffee out there, and it can be difficult to explain them to others. Coffee enthusiasts are always looking to try out new drinks and have a lot of questions about what they will taste like.

Orange juice and espresso is one such combination. This combination has recently surfaced on TikTok and is the new coffee trend after Dalgona coffee and Proffee.

In this article, I’ll go over if this combination is worth trying, what you need to make one of these drinks at home, and the best ratio of orange juice to espresso coffee.

Orange juice and espresso, what is it?

It’s a caffeinated, orange-flavored beverage. The orange juice gives it the sweetness and creaminess, while the espresso gives it the bitterness and slight acidity. It’s a delicious, refreshing drink that’s perfect for summertime.

Orange juice and espresso are items that may both be consumed to start your day. So if you love both items, you’ll also love this drink.

There are a few ways you can make this new coffee trend at home without going through much trouble. I’ll cover everything below. But first, do orange and espresso actually go together?

Do orange and espresso go together?

It’s a debated question, but people generally tend to either love or hate the combination of orange and espresso.

Some find that the zesty citrus flavor of orange compliments the bitter notes of espresso perfectly, while others find the combination to be far too strong and overwhelming.

There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer; it simply comes down to personal preference. If you’re someone who enjoys bold flavored coffee drinks, then you may enjoy adding a touch of orange to your espresso.

However, if you prefer more mellow flavors, then you might want to stick to traditional espresso or try another flavor combination altogether.

Doppio espresso.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether or not orange and espresso go together – so why not experiment and see if you like this combination?

Below, you’ll find the ingredients that are needed to get started. Afterward, I’ll talk more about the ratio of orange juice to espresso so that you can make the best coffee at home!

What ingredients are needed to make this recipe at home?

The best part about this new trend is the few ingredients that are used to make it at home. You just need the following components:

  • Espresso coffee
  • Orange juice
  • Ice cubes
All ingredients needed to make orange juice and espresso coffee at home.

If you want to make this drink extra special, you can consider making a few coffee ice cubes.

You can easily make coffee ice cubes by freezing brewed coffee in an ice cube tray. You can then use it like regular ice cubes, but it’ll leave you with more coffee flavor instead of water once they start to melt.

You can check out this recipe if you want to learn more about it. I’ll discuss the espresso coffee and orange juice to use below.

Which orange juice is best used?

The best orange juice to use in combination with espresso coffee is a high-quality, cold-pressed juice.

Cold-pressed orange juice is made by crushing oranges and then pressing them slowly. This technique extracts more of the fruit’s flavor and nutrients than traditional juicing methods.

Orange juice in a small cup.

Plus, because it’s cold-pressed, the juice doesn’t undergo any heat treatment, which can damage the nutrients.

So if you’re looking for an orange juice that will really complement your espresso coffee, go for a cold-pressed variety.

If you have the time, you can consider juicing some oranges yourself. This will be extra delicious, especially when the oranges are in season. It’ll make for the perfect basis for this coffee drink.

What coffee beans are best used for this orange juice coffee?

There are a few things to consider when finding the best coffee beans for an orange juice coffee.

First, you’ll want to find a dark roast bean. This will give your coffee a bolder flavor that can stand up to the acidity of orange juice, and it will help balance out the drink and make it more enjoyable to sip.

Espresso beans are most often used when preparing espresso coffee. These coffee beans are roasted longer for a more robust and complex flavor.

You can also use a medium roast for this drink if you prefer this. I wouldn’t recommend using a light roast for this orange juice coffee.

Medium roasted and dark roasted coffee beans next to each other.

Light roasted coffee beans are slightly more acidic than the darker roasts, which will make your orange juice coffee taste a bit too acidic. The darker roasted coffee beans will help balance this out.

Orange juice and espresso, what is the best ratio?

The best orange juice to espresso ratio is 1:1. This will allow the sweetness of the orange juice to come through, with the robust espresso complementing the sweetness, making the most refreshing version.

You can, however, change up the ratio to your liking. I’ve tested a few different ratios that all had surprisingly great taste.

You can have a look below at the ratio of orange juice to espresso and see which might be the best for you:

The ratio of orange juice to espresso: Amount of orange juice: Amount of espresso:
1:1 2 oz (60 ml) 2 oz (60 ml)
2:1 2 oz (60 ml) 1 oz (30 ml)
3:1 3 oz (90 ml) 1 oz (30 ml)
Three kinds of orange juice and espresso coffees with different ratios.
From left to right: 1:1, 2:1, 3:1 ratio of orange juice to espresso

As you can see, you can choose to use a single or doppio espresso for a regular-sized drink.

For the most part, I recommend using a doppio espresso (also called double espresso). This is perfect for you if you like to drink espresso coffee on a regular basis and like the flavor.

If you’re not a big fan of espresso coffee, you can use less espresso and use more orange juice.

In the table, I’ve listed the ratios for a regular-sized drink. This is perfect if you’ve not tried this recipe and want to test it out yourself.

You can easily double the ingredients to make a bigger drink that you can slowly sip on if you like the taste!

Can you also substitute espresso for a different coffee?

Yes, you can substitute espresso for a different coffee. Espresso is made by forcing very hot water through finely-ground coffee beans, so it has a more intense flavor than regular coffee.

However, many people find espresso is too strong for their taste and prefer to drink it diluted with milk or cream.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can make a similar type of coffee by using a French press or AeroPress.

Brewing espresso with a French press.

Both of these methods use pressure to extract the flavor from the beans, resulting in a richer and more intense cup of coffee than what you would get from a standard drip brewer.

Alternatively, you can use cold brew coffee. You can easily make cold brew coffee at home using this recipe if you’re interested in learning more.

Usually, cold brew coffee is quite strong (depending on the ratio of coffee to water you use). So it’ll work great with the orange juice.

If you want to match the robust flavor of espresso coffee when you’re using cold brew coffee, you can use one of the following recipes:

These cold brew recipes are stronger in flavor and are best enjoyed when diluted, such as in this orange juice recipe!

Orange Juice and Espresso

Orange juice and espresso, ready to drink.

This orange juice and espresso combination is a refreshing start to your day or whenever you want to sip on a caffeine-packed drink slowly!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz (60 ml) of espresso coffee
  • 2 oz (60 ml) of orange juice
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Start by brewing your espresso coffee.
  2. Let the espresso cool slightly before moving on. You can speed this up by adding an ice cube to it after brewing.
  3. Then, fill a glass to about halfway with ice cubes.
  4. Pour the orange juice into the glass.
  5. Then, slowly pour the espresso coffee on top of the orange juice. If you pour slow enough, you can create some fabulous layers!
  6. Serve the coffee with a straw, and enjoy!

Notes

Remember, you can switch up the ratios to make the drink more intense or a bit sweeter!

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26Total Fat: 0.11gSaturated Fat: 0.01gUnsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 5.9gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 4.76gProtein: 0.4g

Conclusion

So there you have it – the latest trend in coffee, for an orange juice and espresso coffee drink.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and found it helpful. I recommend testing out this drink at home using the various ratios I’ve listed to see which fits you the best.

If you like making espresso-based drinks, you can check out some more options below that are worth making at home:

More espresso-based recipes to try

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