The mocha is a warming, chocolatey brew as rich in history as it is in flavour. If you’ve ever wondered how to make one, our handy brewing guide will teach you everything you need to know about preparing the perfect mocha coffee.
The mocha is a firm favourite in coffee houses around the world. But where did it come from? Much like the cup of joe itself, the answer to that question has layer. The name ‘mocha’ was originally used to describe coffee from Yemen. It was named in homage to the port of Mokha, a well-known centre for coffee trade. Yemeni coffee has instantly recognisable chocolatey notes, so when nations like Italy started to combine drinking chocolate with coffee in the twentieth century, they would call it a caffè mocha.
Fast forward to today, and the name ‘mocha’ is used to describe a coffee drink laced with chocolatey goodness — and it’s our pick when we fancy sipping on a sweeter brew.
A mocha is a beloved fusion of hot chocolate and coffee. It’s made by whipping chocolate powder or syrup together with an espresso base and topping it with slightly frothy steamed milk. This inspired medley is a luxuriously chocolatey take on your standard brew, making it the perfect choice for coffee lovers with a sweet tooth.
The two sweet beverages share undeniable similarities, but while a mocha is made with an espresso base, milk and chocolate, a hot chocolate is prepared using just chocolate with milk or water.
Your standard mocha contains around 130mg of caffeine if two espresso shots are used as the base. This amount does vary, however, with the kind of coffee bean that you use.
We recommend that you use fresh, whole dairy milk to prepare a mocha. With a little frothing, dairy milk will make your brew creamy and smooth while allowing the sweet flavour of the chocolate to take centre stage. If you’re opting to go dairy-free, we recommend an unsweetened substitute like soy or almond — they’ll still froth nicely without making your mocha overly sweet.
Much like a latte, it’s simple enough to turn a mocha into a refreshing iced brew. To prepare an iced mocha, combine your espresso with milk, ice and cocoa powder in a shaker, then shake until it’s chilled. Pour over ice and enjoy the cooler brew on a sweet summer’s day.