How to Make the Perfect Mocha at Home
Maryna Gray • March 22, 2021
If coffee and chocolate are the perfect pair, then mocha is a match made in Heaven.
What Is Mocha?
You've seen it listed on the menu at cafes, but what is a mocha? Often called a mocha latte, mocha is essentially a chocolate-flavored latte.
How to Make a Mocha at Home
While you might associate mocha coffee with those aforementioned cafes, making your own mocha at home is so much more fun—and it's pretty easy, too. Before you get started, read our best tips for making mocha at home.
1. Use Fresh Coffee
2. Don't Skimp On Ingredients
3. Choose the Right Coffee for Your Taste
- For a classic blend, try Cream and Sugar by Slate Coffee Roasters. This light roast is perfect for a mocha coffee.
- Want to make a salted mocha? Try a combination of Lighthouse’s Roaster’s Choice and Seattle Chocolate’s San Juan Sea Salt.
- If you’re dreaming about the holidays, Fonte’s Portofino Blend and Seattle Chocolate’s Mint Milk make a creamy cup that'll remind you of Christmas morning.
- Fundamental Coffee Company's Kenya Kirinyaga and Jcoco’s Cayenne Veracruz Orange make a velvety white mocha with a spicy kick.
Make it your own! Try adding chocolate or cocoa powder to freshly ground coffee for a chocolate-infused taste. For a classic mocha taste, pair a dark chocolate coffee with a simple dark chocolate or cocoa powder.
The Best Mocha Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Mocha Recipe Ingredients
You can make this work with any amount of milk or chocolate as long as you keep it roughly two parts milk to one part chocolate.
- 1 cup of brewed coffee
- 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of your favorite chocolate bar shavings or cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of cream or milk
Mocha Recipe Directions
Step 5: Enjoy!
Mocha Recipe Variations
- Dessert: Add whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top.
- Spiked: Add a shot of Baileys Irish Creme, whiskey, or your favorite liquor for a spiked mocha.
- Caffè Mocha: If you have an espresso machine, the “traditional” mocha (called a caffè mocha) involves simply layering a shot of espresso, cold cream and shaved or melted chocolate on top—no mixing! Then you drink the espresso through a layer of cream and chocolate.
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