What Is A Mocha?

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Do you like variety? We do! That’s why were here to tell you about mochas! A mocha is a popular drink that has been gaining popularity in the coffee community? Haven’t heard of it? Let us fill you in!

What Is A Mocha?

A mocha is actually the shortened version of the name, it actually should be called a “mocha latte” or “caffe mocha” (no right answer, just what you prefer). If you like having options to customize your drink, so you can make it your own, the mocha is a great choice for it, and it’s known to be highly customizable!

What Is In A Mocha?

The mocha contains a short list of ingredients, and all of these are based on preference, usually a mocha will have at least, the following:

  • 2-4 shots of espresso
  • Flavored syrup (optional)
  • Steamed milk & foam

However, you can add many different options to it, whip cream, salt, cinnamon, etc. 

Make it your own! 

History Of The Mocha

The mocha is a fairly new drink with a relatively young history! We have Americans to thank for this drink however, since it was created in Seattle during the 1980’s. It’s inspiration came from a turin coffee beverage, the Bicerin, this is a hot coffee beverage that has origins dating back to the 1700’s in Italy!

The main difference between a mocha and a Bicerin, is the espresso, milk, and chocolate are layered in a Bicerin, but in a mocha they are mixed together!

How Do You Make A Mocha?

The process to making a latte is very similar to making mocha, so if you have made a latte before you shouldn’t be very intimidated by a mocha! You will need an espresso machine, or have access to someone who does, as the mocha’s main base is espresso!

The ingredients you will need are as follows:
  • 16.5 grams of ground espresso
  • 1/2 oz (14 ounces or 3 teaspoons)
  • 10-12 oz latte cup
  • 8 ounces of steamed milk

Gather & Measure

Make sure you have all the supplies we mentioned, and all the tools you need to make the mocha, including a safe and comfortable area to make the mocha in! 

Make Your Espresso

If you don’t know how, we have an article explaining how to make an espresso already! You will want to use your 16.5 grams of ground espresso to make the shots, once this is done, pour the espresso into your cup.

Extract Your Espresso

Take two shots of espresso and pour it into a latte cup, the pour the syrup into the cup as well. You will want to do this while the coffee is hot so it will mix easily with the flavored syrup.

Steam Your Milk

If you don’t know how to steam your milk, read our milk steaming guide! You will want to do this with the 8 ounces of milk from the beginning list. For the best experience, we recommend using a non-skim milk so you get a rich, creamy experience.

Add The Milk

Of course you don’t want the milk on the side, so pour it into the cup on top of the espresso and syrup mixture, do this gently so you don’t spill, or overflow your cup!


Now is your time to be a little extra, add anything you want. A few of our favorites include, chocolate sprinkles, whip cream, salt, cinnamon, and honey! The world is yours so go and try something new.

White Or Dark Espresso?

When you order an espresso in a coffee shop, you might be confused when they ask if you want it, “white or dark”. This is because they need to know if you want chocolate syrup, or dark chocolate syrup! Dark chocolate syrup will come out tasting slightly more bitter and not as sweet since dark chocolate isn’t as processed as milk chocolate.

Cocoa Powder

Do you like chocolate? We do to! One interesting way to add flavor, without sweetening it as much, is to add cocoa powder! Cocoa powder isn’t sweet like milk chocolate or sugar, but it will definitely change your coffee drinking experience!
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