MaryClaire (one of the owners of Piper & Leaf) and her husband Micah, started Caffeinated Ostrich just a couple years ago. Micah has a passion for roasting coffee beans, so they began this venture as a way to introduce more people to fresh, locally-roasted coffee. Now they set up at events together selling delicious coffee alongside MaryClaire’s amazing homemade cookies.
Naturally, they are the coffee of choice for Piper & Leaf! Caffeinated Ostrich is our go-to for the drip coffee, nitro cold-brew, and espresso that we serve in stores. We also sell 1-pound bags of those fragrant coffee beans both in-stores and online!
The beans are rich and flavorful on their own, but this orange coffee recipe is truly special. Combining MaryClaire’s citrus-infused simple syrup with Micah’s incredible cold-brew coffee gives you a bright and delicious cup of coffee. Perfect for a morning boost.
Micah’s Citrus Coffee Recipe
- Fill a 16oz cup (or pint jar) with ice
- Add cold-brewed Caffeinated Ostrich coffee, leaving about an inch to spare at the top of the cup
- Add 1oz of your favorite milk or milk alternative
- Add 1oz of Citrus Thyme Simple Syrup
- Stir the iced coffee and garnish with an orange peel and a sprig of thyme
To prep the ingredients for this recipe, first you will need to start cold-brewing some coffee! While you wait for the cold-brew to steep, you will infuse a batch of simple syrup with orange and thyme. Then you'll have enough to enjoy this citrus-coffee deliciousness for a few days!
Cold-Brew Caffeinated Ostrich Recipe
- Coarsely grind 41 grams of coffee beans (medium roast) and pour it into a quart-sized (32oz) mason jar
- Fill the jar up with boiling hot water until it’s about 1/3 full
- Let the coffee bloom for about 90 seconds
- Carefully fill the jar to the neckline with ice water (yes, ice water! None of this lukewarm business)
- Let it sit overnight in the fridge to steep
- Gently pour the contents of the mason jar through a cheese cloth to separate the grounds from the liquid. Try not to agitate the coffee as you pour!
- Strain the cold-brew a second time, this time through a coffee filter. The coffee will be very gritty if it is only filtered through the cheesecloth, so this will help you get a smoother cup
- Store in your mason jar in the fridge! Use a lid to seal the jar
Citrus Thyme Simple Syrup
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil
- Add 2 cups of sugar to the boiling water and stir until dissolved
- Add about ¼ cup of orange peels & about ¼ cup of thyme sprigs (fresh thyme is best, if you can get some!)
- Stir the mixture as the simple syrup simmers (without fully boiling). Allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the syrup reaches your desired strength
- When it’s finished, carefully strain out the orange peels and thyme and let the simple syrup cool
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature