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Orange Juice and Espresso Recipe: Is It Worth Trying Out?

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We can only imagine how hard your brow furrowed after reading the name of this recipe. You’re probably thinking, “Mixing orange juice with coffee? Have the good folks at Roasty finally lost it?” 

No, dear reader, we haven’t lost our minds. Instead, we’ve jumped on the TikTok coffee trend bandwagon again (Remember when everyone replaced their plain jane morning joe with Dalgona coffee? Good times…), and we’re here to tell you why you should, too. 

Orange Juice and Espresso recipe

Orange You Glad We Added Coffee?

We’ll be the first to admit OJ and espresso is a weird combination, but the best advice we can give you is not to knock it until you try it. That’s what most everyone on TikTok is saying, too. This, the latest trend in coffee, started when @bundaddy, a popular creator on the video-sharing app, posted a video to her profile (which boasts an impressive following of over 700,000 users) of herself adding espresso to her glass of orange juice. 

“I haven’t had a latte in weeks,” she declared in the video, “I discovered this, and I have never gone back.” Naturally, a claim that bold piques curiosity, leading her viewers to see if her statement was true and resulting in the rise in popularity of OJ espresso. 

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So far, we haven’t seen very many people on our For You Pages denying this coffee recipe’s goodness, and that’s because it’s genius. The sweet citrus flavor of the fruit juice perfectly complements the bitter coffee flavor, creating a downright lovely — albeit kind of strange — beverage experience. 

Who Shouldn’t Try This Orange Juice and Espresso Recipe?

There’s only one problem with this coffee craze: it’s not exactly friendly for those of us with sensitive stomachs. 

Mixing the acidity in coffee and orange juice might be slightly too intense if you and acid have a history of not getting along. If you’re nervous about joining the rest of the coffee enthusiasts who are obsessed with this combo, do a little experimenting at breakfast.

After you pour yourself a cup of iced or hot coffee, whichever you prefer, grab a few orange slices to eat and monitor how you feel afterward. If you can handle both of these highly acidic treats during the same meal, chances are you can tolerate them in one drink. 

@roastycoffee I finished it………….did I like it??? I honestly can’t tell. #espressoandorangejuice #coffeetok #espressotok ♬ original sound – bundaddy

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How to Make This Unusual Drink at Home

Orange Juice and Espresso drink

Fortunately, you only need a few simple ingredients, our step-by-step instructions, and no more than five spare minutes in your morning routine to try this combination of coffee and juice. 

You’ll Need:

  • A freshly brewed shot of espresso coffee
  • A tall glass of orange juice
  • Ice cubes

The Process:

Step 1:

pouring the orange juice over ice

Start by pouring the orange juice over ice. (Side note: if you’re not using pulp-free orange juice, we are judging you. We still love you, but we are judging you.)

Step 2:

pulling a shot of espresso in the coffee machine

Then, pull out your trusty espresso machine and your favorite dark roasted coffee beans and pull a shot or two, if you need an extra-strong caffeine boost.

Step 3:

pouring the espresso into the glass of juice

Finally, pour the espresso into the glass of juice and stir. 

Enjoy An Upgraded Cup of Coffee

Now, most people stop the recipe here and enjoy what they’ve created. However, if you want to try something even more unique, you can add a splash of uber-refreshing sparkling water into your glass and make an orange juice and coffee tonic. You can even stir a bit of caramel syrup into the mix. That turns the basic OJ-coffee mixture into a drink called bumblebee coffee that’s perfect for jazzing up your afternoon coffee. 

Something about this drink screams “summer” to us, and we’re pretty sure we’ll be sipping it all season long. Join us and save yourself a few trips to the coffee shops in your town by whipping up a glass full of pleasant citrus notes and rich java flavor. 

Orange Juice and Espresso drink

Orange Juice and Espresso Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A bright duet of orange and rich coffee is revealed in an unusual icy combination. Feel the refreshing coolness of citrus along with an invigorating and intriguing espresso in one of this summer's trending recipes!


  • A freshly brewed shot of espresso coffee
  • A tall glass of orange juice
  • Ice cubes


  1. Pour the orange juice over ice.
  2. Brew a shot of espresso using dark roasted coffee beans.
  3. Pour the espresso into the glass of juice and stir.
Happy Caffeinating!

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