By Stuart Smith | Last Updated May 11, 2020
Requires simple ingredients.
*Nutrition information should be considered an estimate.
TOOLS NEEDED: Espresso machine, milk frother or a whisk and a glass.
A coffee shop classic, this drink’s name has a history many are unaware of. The word mocha, though commonly thought of as a combination of chocolate and coffee, actually refers to the Yemen town, Al-Makha, from which coffee was exported around the world as early as the mid-1700s.
The type of beans coming out of Al-Makha quickly took on the name “mocha” and are said to have somewhat of a chocolate flavor. Somewhere along the way, as coffee spread around the world and it was discovered how delicious it is paired with chocolate, “mocha” became a name synonymous with this combination.
However, the specific term “café mocha” as it refers to a latte with chocolate syrup or powder was most likely invented in America.
For best results, use high-quality chocolate syrup. Even better, make your own from scratch! In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and ¼ teaspoon salt until boiling. Continue boiling for another 3 to 4 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and cool. It will thicken more after being chilled.