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How to Make the Perfect Mocha at Home

Maryna Gray Maryna Gray • March 22, 2021

If coffee and chocolate are the perfect pair, then mocha is a match made in Heaven. Often called a mocha latte, mocha is essentially a chocolate-flavored latte. And while you might associate mocha coffee with a fancy cafe, making your own mocha at home is so much more funand it's pretty easy, too. Use these tips to make a mocha at home. 

How to Make a Mocha at Home

Use Fresh Coffee

It's important to use freshly roasted beans to avoid a stale, burnt flavor. It takes a whole lot of chocolate and cream to hide the taste of coffee that’s gone bad. (Remember, coffee only has a two-week shelf life.)

Don't Skimp On Ingredients

Save the cheap chocolate syrup for your ice cream. Your homemade mocha coffee should have the good stuff! We recommend anything from Seattle Chocolates and Joe Chocolate Co., both of of which can be found in our Chocolate Collection Gift Box. You might also like our Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box, which features four freshly roasted coffees and four artisan chocolates. Upgrade to the Deluxe Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box for eight coffee and chocolate pairings.


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 

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
Use your preferred brewing method to make 8 ounces of coffee. Add your chocolate to the milk and heat it up slowly using a double broiler or microwave. If melting in a microwave, heat the mixture for 30-second intervals and stir until creamy and fully combined. Add the warm chocolate and milk mixture to your coffee, and enjoy!

  • Add whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top. 
  • Add a shot of Baileys Irish Creme, whiskey, or your favorite liquor for a spiked 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 topno mixing! Then you drink the espresso through a layer of cream and chocolate.

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