What is Mocha Coffee and how to make this Chocolaty Latte drink

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Johny Morrisson

A Mocha is essentially a “Latte” flavored with chocolate. It’s also known as Caffe Mocha or Mochacchino. Traditionally it is prepared with a 1 to 3 ratio of Espresso to Milk, a small amount of microform on the top, and a few pumps of chocolate syrup or cocoa powder.

Mocha coffees are luxurious treats that combine intense espresso shots, creamy steamed milk, and delicious hot chocolate.

In this article, I’ll brew up some mocha history, master basic and advanced mocha-making techniques, and explore inventive flavor variations. By the end, you’ll be a mocha expert, ready to make and enjoy this famous coffee drink in all its forms.

Mocha coffee

How to Make Mocha Coffee?

You can easily make delicious cafe Mocha at home following this recipe

What you need

  • Espresso machine
  • Milk Frother
  • 14-18 grams coffee grounds
  • 4-8 oz Whole milk
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate Syrup
  • Cocoa Powder

What Coffee beans are used in Mocha Coffee?

Medium-roasted beans are best for making Mocha coffee as they perfectly complement the sweetness of chocolate and the creaminess of the milk.

Traditionally, the coffee beans used to make Mocha are grown in the mountainous regions of Yemen and are known for their unique chocolaty flavors. 

After the invention of the Espresso machine in the mid-twentieth century, Baristas in Europe started adding Chocolate syrup to Espresso shots to make the drink fancy and more flavorful and this drink became popular as Cafe Mocha.

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Add one or two tablespoons (around 0.5 oz) of chocolate syrup into a full-sized Latte cup.

You can also melt a regular chocolate bar or mix cocoa powder with sugar to make your own chocolate syrup

2. Grind the beans and pull a double shot of Espresso into the same cup. Stir it gently for 5 to 10 seconds to make a homogeneous mixture.

You can also use Moka Pot or French Press to make strong Espresso-like Coffee

3. Now pour 4 to 8 oz of milk (depending on your taste) into the frothing pitcher and steam it until it reaches the temperature of 150 to 160 degrees.

Whole milk is preferred for preparing Mocha Coffee. However, you can also use other low-fat milk such as almond or oat milk.

4. Pour the steamed milk in the cup and serve immediately.

You can add whipped cream or cocoa powder for delicious topping.

Is Mocha a drink or a type of Coffee bean?

Mocha Coffee is often confused with Mocha Java Coffee beans which is a unique blend of coffee beans.

The Mocha coffee bean originates from Yemen from the coffee plant species Coffea arabica, which is native to Yemen. These beans have a small, hard, round, and irregularly shaped structure with a pale yellow color.

Yemen is also said to be the birthplace of coffee and is known to be the most famous coffee in the world.

Mocha Java Coffee is a unique blend of Yemeni Mocha Coffee and Indonesian Java Coffee. This blend has a very delightful taste with natural notes of dark Chocolate and is perfect for Espresso-based drinks.

What does Mocha Coffee tastes like?

The pairing of Chocolate and Coffee in Cafe Mocha makes a very delicious and sweet taste. The espresso adds a depth of flavor and a subtle bitterness that perfectly complements the sweetness of the chocolate. And the splash of steamed milk makes the drink creamy and delightful to drink

If you’re a fan of chocolate and espresso, mocha coffee is definitely worth trying. Its rich taste is a treat for your taste buds, and it’s a great way to get your caffeine fix in the morning or any time of day.

The taste of Mocha Coffee

The Variations of Mocha Coffee

The popularity of Mocha has grown over the years, and it is now found in many coffee shops and restaurants worldwide.

In some Mocha varieties, whipped cream and chocolate or cocoa powder are generously sprinkled on top, creating a truly luxurious cup of coffee.

The following are some of the most popular mocha variations

White mocha: It is made with white chocolate syrup instead of regular dark chocolate. White Mocha is generally more sweet and creamy.

Iced mocha: Iced Mocha is a popular summer drink made by pouring regular Mocha over Ice cubes. It’s a great option if you enjoy the combination of coffee and chocolate but prefer a chilled beverage.

Apart from that there are many varieties of Mocha prepared by adding different syrups like Hazelnut Syrup, Vanilla Syrup, Coconut Syrup, Ice cream Syrup, etc.

Can you make Mocha Coffee without an Espresso Machine?

A Cafe-styled authentic Mocha requires a strong and concentrated shot of espresso, So the espresso machine is a must.

But you can make fairly good tasting Mocha using other brewing methods such as drip or French Press Coffee maker. Moka Pot coffee maker is also a good choice.

Whatever brewing method you choose, simply make sure to use more coffee grounds and less water to brew a concentrated shot of coffee.

Also Read: How to make Espresso with French Press

How’s Mocha different from Cappuccino and Latte

Essentially Mocha is just the addition of chocolate syrup to either a Cappuccino or Latte.

Mocha coffee is like a chocolate lover’s dream come true, with a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate. A latte is like a creamy and smooth mixture of Espresso and steamed milk. And Cappuccino is like a strong and creamy espresso shot, with a fluffy milk foam topping.

There are numerous espresso-based coffee drinks available, and it’s easy to get them mixed up. These drinks often contain two of the same base components – espresso and milk and many coffee lovers don’t know how to differentiate these delicious drinks.

Also read: Cappuccino vs Latte

Final thoughts

Mocha coffee is a wonderful combination of coffee and chocolate that will make your taste buds dance with delight.

What I love most about Mocha coffee is its versatility. I can enjoy it hot or cold, and it’s always delicious.

I would highly recommend giving Mocha coffee a try if you haven’t already.

So, what is your favorite way to prepare mocha, and what do you like about it? Do let us know in the comments!

Also Read about related Espresso Based Drinks


Is A Mocha A Coffee Or Hot Chocolate?

Mocha is a cross between coffee and hot chocolate. It has espresso, warm milk, and a frothy top like a cappuccino, but it also has a delicious chocolatey twist made with chocolate powder, chocolate syrup, or melted chocolate.

Is Mocha Sweet Or Bitter?

Mocha coffee typically has a sweet and rich flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Typically no sweeteners are added to Mocha Coffee it just has the natural sweetness of Chocolate and steamed milk.

Is Mocha Healthier Than Coffee?

Mocha coffee has many health benefits just like other coffee drinks when consumed in moderation. Both coffee and chocolate contain antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and protect against certain diseases. Additionally, the caffeine in mocha coffee can help improve mental focus and energy levels.
However, it contains a lot of calories because of the addition of Chocolate and milk and you must be mindful of it.

Does mocha have caffeine?

Yes, mocha definitely contains caffeine. Mochas are made with double-shot espresso, which on its own provides around 120-133 mg of caffeine. Additionally, the chocolate or cocoa powder used in a mocha will contribute a small amount of extra caffeine.

Mocha Coffee Recipe

Prepare a rich and chocolaty cup of Mocha coffee with this easy-to-follow recipe!
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Johny Morrisson


  • Espresso machine
  • Milk Frother


  • Espresso Shot
  • Whole milk
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Cocoa Powder


  • Add one or two tablespoons (around 0.5 oz) of chocolate syrup into a full sized Latte cup.
  • Make a double shot of Espresso into the same cup and Stir it gently for 5 to 10 seconds to make a homogeneous mixture
  • Now pour the milk into the frothing pitcher and steam it until it reaches the temperature of 150 to 160 degrees.
  • Pour the steamed milk in the cup and Dust the top with cocoa powder, cinnamon or chocolate shavings.

Johny Morrison is a founder and content creator at Coffee About. He knows everything there is to know about coffee and loves sharing his passion with others.

You can often find him sipping a single-origin pour-over, rich French press, or pulling espresso shots at home. Johny loves full-bodied dark roasts – the bolder, the better!

As a former barista, he takes coffee equipment seriously and enjoys experimenting with the latest gear. When he’s not brewing or blogging, Johny is scouting local cafes for his next coffee fix.

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