Some combos are just meant to be – like the sweet, rich pairing of chocolate and coffee. It’s why café mochas are one of the original flavored espresso drinks and why they’ve remained a menu staple at coffee shops everywhere. However, while they may have been born in coffee shops, this sweet treat is easy to recreate at home. And while mochas at your favorite café are usually espresso-based, mochas work well with brewed coffee too, so you can still make it without an espresso machine.
Here’s how you can capture that beloved mocha magic from your own kitchen:
If you do have an espresso machine at home, we recommend following our classic latte recipe for your mocha base. Then, simply mix in your chocolate and add your favorite toppings.
To balance the coolness of the whipped cream, we recommend setting your Ember Mug² two to three degrees higher than your usual preferred drinking temperature. Enjoy!
Essentially, mocha coffees are a latte with added chocolate. Your barista adds cocoa powder mix, chocolate syrup, or melted chocolate to a traditional latte, tops it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and voilà– you’ve got a warm, decadent coffee-and-dessert in one.
Love espresso but need just a bit of milk to cut through the bitterness and acidity? Then learn to make the perfect cortado at home!