What is mocha? A complete guide for coffee lovers

Mocha or cafe mocha is a type of good quality coffee that is chocolate-flavoured. It’s also a variant of a cafe latte.

After years of experience as a barista, I intend to serve coffee lovers the best-tasting and highest-quality Mochas drink possible.

I have extensively researched every detail related to making these espresso based drinks.

Many online articles lack clear and concise explanations, and I will provide you with all the details you need to know about mocha.

Keep reading to learn more about Mocha in the following article.

    What is mocha?

    Mocha is a chocolate-flavored coffee drink in Arabia, also called a mocha latte or café mocha. The mocha latte combines coffee and chocolate syrup and can serve as a hot or iced mocha. Mocha has become increasingly popular and is now widely available worldwide in coffee shops and restaurants. 

    Origins of Mocha

    The name “mocha” derives from the Mocha Java coffee beans used to make coffee. This coffee bean, a mix from Yemen’s Mocha Port and Indonesia’s Java Province, had been described as having a naturally chocolaty flavor without any added chocolate or chocolate syrup. 

    Over time, people add chocolate to their coffee, which gradually morphed the term into its current definition. The Mokha port is no longer the primary holder of the coffee trade, though the mocha latte is still a popular drink! However, “mocha” nowadays refers to an espresso based beverage with chocolate added.

    How to make Mocha (8-12 ounce Cup)?

    Step 1: Prepare and Grind your ground coffee beans

    Tips: You’ll need to put about 16.5 grams of coffee into the portafilter, and you will be pulling about 40 grams out, which usually contains ⅓ cup of mocha.

    The size of caffè mocha cup is the same as the latte cup, usually between 8-12 ounces.

    Step 2: Mix chocolate syrup and espresso

    Tips: Alternatively, we can mix the Cocoa powder with hot water, then stir it with espresso.

    Use one or two shots of espresso for every tablespoon of chocolate syrup, and we could start with two tablespoons.

    The amount of chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, or chocolate powder in the cafe mocha is entirely up to your favor;

    You can also use milk chocolate syrup or white chocolate syrup, according to personal preference.

    The white mocha is made from the white chocolate syrup in the coffee shop.

    Step 3: Steam the milk till 65 degrees Celsius

    Tips: we would suggest a 7-9 ounce of milk for a 12-ounce cup of mocha, which usually contains ⅔ cup. Chocolate milk could be an excellent alternative to dairy milk here.

    We need to submerge the steam wand’s tip just below the milk’s surface. The perfect positioning between the steam wand and the pitcher is about 45 degrees.

    Steam the milk till it becomes hot milk, and then give the pitcher a few knocks to remove the excessive milk foam or milk froth;

    Step 4: Add steamed milk to chocolate-espresso mixture

    Tip: We need to stir them gently until combined. The caffè mocha is treated an espresso based drink with caffeine content because of the use of espresso coffee beans as the base.

    Step 5: Top with whipped cream or powdered cocoa

    Tips: If you have a sweet tooth, this will be a good option to add to the toppings.  Other common added toppings are marshmallows and chocolate shavings;

    Mocha and other coffee drinks

    Mocha vs. Latte

    Cafe mocha is a variation of the regular latte, and both are made with espresso and milk; however, mocha contains chocolate syrup and typically uses whipped cream as a topping. Chocolate sprinkles are also a favorite topping in a coffee shop today.

    In contrast, a latte has less milk and more espresso than a mocha, and the topping is generally formed by the milk foam, resulting in a strong coffee taste.

    Mocha vs. Cappuccino

    Cappuccino is made with espresso, steam milk, and milk foam, and thus mochas tend to be sweeter than cappuccinos as they are made with chocolate syrup and steamed milk. However, a chocolate sprinkle is a popular topping for the cappuccino.

    Mocha vs. Flat white

    Both mocha and flat white contain espresso coffee and milk, but mocha is made with espresso and chocolate and often has a sweeter taste. A flat white is made with double shot espresso with steamed milk and does not typically contain added sweeteners; thus, the flat white has a more mellow flavor.

    FAQ for Mocha

    what are the benefits of caffè mocha?

    There are some benefits associated with caffè mocha. The drink is a good source of antioxidants, which can help to protect cells from damage. The flavonoids in mocha can also help to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. Mocha also contains caffeine, which can help to improve alertness and concentration. 

    In addition, mocha has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the brain, which can improve mood and promote feelings of well-being. Mocha is also a good source of potassium, which is essential for heart health.

    There are several advantages to mixing chocolate and coffee. Chocolate has double the antioxidants and can help relieve coffee’s anxiety-inducing effects. You’ll still have a clearer mind and increased energy while consuming less caffeine.

    Will drinking a mocha coffee make you fat?

    A cup of mocha coffee, on the other hand, does not make you overweight unless you consume a considerable number of calories. You can choose not to add whipped cream topping and replace it with skim milk if you’re worried about gaining weight from a caffè mocha.

    Does A caffè mocha Contain Sugar?

    A caffè mocha does not inherently contain sugar. However, caffè mocha served at cafes and restaurants is made with milk and flavored syrups, adding sugar to the drink. If you’re looking for a mocha coffee with no added sugar, you can ask for a mocha made with black coffee and unsweetened cocoa powder.

    Is Mocha Coffee Or Chocolate?

    Hot chocolate drink is easily related to Mocha; however, mocha is an espresso coffee drink with a chocolate flavor. The chocolate flavor is from adding dark chocolate syrup or chocolate chips to the coffee.

    How much caffeine does mocha have?

    A mocha typically contains more caffeine than a regular cup of coffee. Still, the exact amount depends on several factors, including the type and strength of the coffee used, the amount of chocolate added, and whether the mocha contains milk or water.

    A mocha generally has around 100 milligrams of caffeine in a 10-12 ounce cup. However, some specialty mochas can have even more caffeine, so it is always best to check with the barista before ordering in coffee shops.

    Can You Make a Mocha Without an Espresso Machine?

    One method is to simply brew a strong cup of coffee using a French press or drip coffee maker. Then, add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and a bit of milk or cream to taste. 

    Another option is to make a mocha using instant coffee. Dissolve a tablespoon of instant coffee in hot water, then add cocoa powder and milk or cream. With either method, you can enjoy a delicious mocha without an espresso machine.

    What to do Next?

    Mocha is one of the most popular coffees out there. And it’s no wonder why – the combination of chocolate and espresso is both satisfying and energizing.

    But did you know that latte coffee is also one of the popular espresso drinks? And it is becoming increasingly popular among mocha fans. 

    This alternative drink provides all the same great flavors without being quite so sweet. So if you’re looking for something new to try, give a cafe latte a chance!

    David Huang

    David Huang

    David has years of experience as a barista and coffee trainer since 2017, and he is very enthusiastic about coffee. David's goal is to unite coffee lovers globally so we can connect and fully enjoy our shared coffee ritual.