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Drink of the Month: The Maple Leaf

The Maple Leaf. Illustration by Jordan Johnson @drawnhungry

The Maple Leaf is a permanent fixture on Deeper Roots’ signature drink menu— the beauty of its simplicity in preparation and presentation belies its complexity of flavor.As a cortado-sized beverage, it emphasizes wellmadeespresso and textured milk while addinga twist of natural ingredients and compoundingthe delight factor.

“The aroma of the citrus oil is intoxicating—it’sall sweetness and coffee in the middle—andthe comingled dimensions of tart orange,sweet maple, chocolatey espresso, and creamymilk linger as the drink goes down,” says MattHoffman, brand strategist at DRC. “We love it asa shorty and are happy to make it latte-sized forthose who want it to last even longer.”


2 tsp. (roughly ¼ oz) amber maple syrup

Navel orange

Milk of choice (local cow’s, almond, or macadamia nut milk suggested)



• Add maple syrup in the bottom of a 4.5-oz cortado glass.

• Cut a two-inch strip of navel orange peel with a vegetable peeler and add it to cold milk in a small steaming pitcher.

• Pull espresso over the maple syrup and steam the milk with the orange peel in it.

• With a demitasse spoon, give the maple and espresso a swift stir and scoop the orange peel out of the steaming pitcher.

• Pour milk into cortado glass.


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