Cafe Mocha Recipe


By Stuart Smith | Last Updated May 11, 2020


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Preparation Time & Servings

Requires simple ingredients.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

*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.

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces milk
  • Whipped cream, for garnish

Directions

  • Pour the espresso into a mug
  • Stir in the chocolate syrup and vanilla until combined
  • Place the milk in a wide glass or glass jar and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds until it is very hot but not boiling. Alternatively, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes until very hot but not boiling, watching it carefully
  • Using a milk frother, froth the milk until you don’t see any bubbles and you have a thick froth, 20 to 30 seconds. Swirl the glass and lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to pop the larger bubbles. Repeat this step as needed
  • Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour the milk into the espresso. Spoon the remaining foam on top
  • Top with whipped cream, as desired

Recipe Tip

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.


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