Drinking different coffee blends should never be a missed opportunity. Many coffee lovers ought to try various flavors — whether it’s a classic brew or a new coffee flavor. So now, let’s tackle a long-standing but remarkable descendant of coffee — no other than Mocha!
Mocha is popular for the longest time for a reason. And if you’re both a chocolate and coffee lover, this is your beverage.
What is a Mocha?
Mocha is a haven for coffee lovers with sweet cravings. Imagine the coffee and chocolate combined, then added with steamed milk — ooof. What could go wrong?
Mocha gives a far distinctive taste compared to espresso and other coffee blends. It satisfies the palate of many with its chocolatey sweetness and subtle coffee taste.
If you’re both a coffee and chocolate fan and haven’t tried it, go check it out. You better not overlook this!
History and Origins
While we enjoy these drinks, it’s a form of appreciation to know how it came to be. Where did Mocha come from? How did it prevail up to this day?
A Brief History of Moka Beans
Let’s travel back to the 15th century where it all started.
Yemen, a country located at the lower end of the Arabian Peninsula, was the home of coffee beans called Moka. Yemeni people pioneered the roasting of Moka beans to make coffee. Like how we use it today, they drank it to keep them awake during the events of sleepless night prayers.
With Moka bean’s deep, aromatic, and earthy taste, its popularity skyrocketed to most Western countries. Thus, raising the international demands for Moka beans. During that time, Yemen monopolized the global coffee industry.
Al Moka, a Yemeni city port, was where people drop Moka products from all over Yemen and get sent off to the world. Now, you can picture how Mocha got its name. Moka to Mocha? Coincidence? I think not!
A Brief History of Mocha
But wait. Moka is a coffee bean while Mocha is a beverage. So who really discovered Mocha? Hmm. Yemen may have contributed. However, the Mocha beverage itself was from a different influence.
Before there was Mocha, the Americans fell in love with a beverage called Bicerin for at least 200 years. It most likely predated the Mocha today. Bicerin, a recipe rooted in Italy, was a carefully layered drink of espresso, chocolate, and milk.
In comparison, Mocha is a mixture of the same ingredients. Mixing the thick chocolate, espresso, and steamed milk altogether is what makes today’s Mocha different from Italy’s Bicerin.
How is Mocha Made?
Did you know you can make your own Mocha with only 3 ingredients? It’s basic, yet mesmerizing to create.
(If you want a step-by-step process on how to make Mocha, I included it in the lower section.)
You can make Mocha with 3 main ingredients:
- Steamed milk
Cafes use different brands for their coffee beans, milk, and chocolate. They have their own techniques to make it soothing and more presentable to drink. Like them, you can customize your Mocha, too.
You can add or reduce the ingredients depending on your tastes. As long as you mix the ingredients mentioned above, you can have your own twists to it.
Serve it hot, serve it cold. Your call. 🙂
There's plenty of ways to make Mocha, yet it’s still called Mocha.
Mochaccino and Mocha: Are They the Same?
Are you confused with what in the world is a Mochaccino? We know Mocha for sure. However, as for the Mochaccino, the Internet has divided conclusions.
Many people say Mochaccino is Mocha with less espresso, intended for kids. Others say it’s the same with Mocha, but a company just coined the term for branding purposes. But which company? No one knows!
So now, let’s break it down and shed some light.
One thing for sure, Mocha and Mochaccino share the same ingredients. They use chocolate, milk, and espresso.
And with the term Mochaccino, what are you reminded of? Did you just think of Mocha and Cappuccino? If yes, then great, because Mochaccino is a hybrid of Mocha and Cappuccino.
Cappuccino is a milky coffee drink that often requires 1 part espresso and 4 parts steamed milk and froth. Mocha, on the other hand, is less on milk foam.
So to make a hybrid of Mocha and Cappuccino, a Mochaccino should contain 1 part espresso, 1 part chocolate syrup, and 2 parts of steamed milk with froth.
Latte vs. Mocha: What’s the Difference?
Both beverages are creamier compared to many coffee drinks on the menu. So what’s the difference between a Latte and a Mocha?
What’s in a Mocha?
Mocha is the perfect sweet mix of chocolate, espresso, and steamed milk. People with sweet tooth absolutely love its chocolatey taste. Added with espresso, Mocha also delivers a distinctive taste with less foam.
What’s in a Latte?
Latte is also a popular coffee drink, especially for younger men and women. It is one joyful drink as it leaves froth marks right over your mouth.
It’s made with two main ingredients: milk and espresso. In a Latte, you can steam and pressurize the milk and allow it to expand for about 1/3 of the initial measurement.
In summary, a Latte consists of espresso, steamed milk, and foam over foams of milk! On the other hand, Mocha settles with less froth but focuses on a rich chocolatey taste added with steamed milk and espresso.
Mocha Drink Modifications
We may love mocha, but stirring some modifications would be thrilling too, right? While at home, it’s most possible to have your own variations on the drink and create it perfectly to your liking.
So here’s a few ways to modify your own Mocha drink:
White or Dark?
When we say Mocha uses chocolate, we mean every kind of chocolate!
If you buy Mocha from your favorite coffee shop, they would give you a choice whether you want a dark or a white one.
Choose one based on your preference — or your mood. It’s all about the mood, you know. Choosing dark means they will use dark chocolate syrup for your Mocha.
The darker the chocolate, the deeper the taste. On the other hand, white chocolate is mellower. So if you prefer Mocha with a subtler chocolate taste, then go white.
Feel free to make your own Mocha with what you have in the kitchen. If you don’t have chocolate syrup, cocoa powder or any chocolate powdered drink would suffice.
Here, you will need brewed coffee, cocoa powder, and steamed milk. You can also add sugar if you want to. The directions are as easy as they can be. Add the preferred amount of cocoa powder, milk, and sugar into the brewed coffee. Stir, and voila. This is really basic!
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Replace the espresso with your typical black coffee. To make a homemade Mocha, you need a cup of brewed coffee – which you can easily prepare, steamed milk, and the chocolate syrup of your choice.
Mix the ingredients. The amount absolutely depends on your liking. To make it more special, you can also add whipped cream on top or add chocolate shavings.
Here, we go with another type of chocolate for your mocha drink. Anything goes as long as it’s your preference!
So, if you’re quite an extremist, let’s get out of the norm. Forget about chocolate syrup and steamed milk. Let’s go 2-in-1 and buy a box of chocolate milk instead. So now, you’ll need only two ingredients: espresso and chocolate milk.
Directions? Just add chocolate milk to your espresso. This is a 2-step process with 2 ingredients. You must try this!
Tip: What would your mocha taste like if you add a little bit of whiskey? A-huh. Well, I don’t know…
Some mocha refreshments, please!
Summer comes and it’s nice to have some ice-cold mocha to override the thirst. Fortunately, this one’s easy to make.
What you need: milk, brewed coffee, and chocolate syrup. Don’t forget the ice! On your glass, pour the chocolate syrup way down to the bottom. Put as much or less chocolate syrup (to taste). Then, put in the ice cubes. Pour the brewed coffee first, then the milk. Stir it or place the lid if it has one and shake well.
For the final touch, add whipped cream on top to mimic the elegant mocha drinks from coffee shops.
Health Benefits of Mocha
Mocha isn’t only comfort food. It also has its benefits that would really help in certain situations. To further explain, following are the benefits of drinking Mocha:
Increase on Alertness
Coffee contains caffeine that provides an increase in alertness. That’s why whenever we have an all-nighter, we make cups after cups of coffee. But have you ever tried having sleepless nights with Mocha? Oh, I tell you. I felt more awake than I should have.
According to a study, a combination of caffeine + cocoa is much more impactful on alertness rather than drinking coffee or chocolate standing on its own. Let’s just say that since mocha contains both chocolate and coffee, you hold more power and alertness on your hands. Double power-up!
Mocha lessens your anxiety compared to coffee intake alone. It means your mind deviates from depressive thoughts. Mocha can help you focus more. Also, during a test, the same study states that people who drank mocha before their exams got more correct responses compared to those who drank or ate chocolates.
Truly, drinking chocolate and coffee together doubles the health impact. So, whenever you need to be alert and focused, especially on exams, you can grab one cup of mocha beforehand.
Healthier Alternative for Sugar
Mocha is healthier because chocolate replaces the need for sugar. When using Mocha, it isn’t necessary to add any more sugar. Chocolate does the job. It will give you a satisfying chocolatey coffee drink without the harm of too much sugar.
How to Make a Mocha: Step by Step
Making a Mocha is much easier when you have an espresso machine. Just like how you see it in coffee shops, espresso machines give you access to equipment such as milk pitchers. With the proper equipment, you assure quality in every blend you make.
So now, here are the steps to make a good, soothing Mocha drink.
Prepare 1 shot of espresso using your preferred ground coffee. Pour it into a mug.
What makes a good espresso is good coffee beans. There are different factors in choosing coffee beans. For example, understanding the roast levels of a coffee bean delivers a huge difference in the final taste. The light roast may give off a chocolatey, berry, or caramel taste, while the dark roast is more burnt.
Froth your milk and steam it using your preferred method. Make sure there are no bubbles.
Espresso machines have frothers, and they pressurize the milk to heat it. Steam it at a temperature your hand can handle. Baristas use a stainless milk pitcher so they can access the milk temperature while holding them.
Add 2–4 shots of chocolate syrup into the cup together with the espresso. Stir it well.
What type of chocolate should you use? Good thing, you can choose different kinds. Some use cocoa powders to go with their Mocha recipe. But it’s most common to use chocolate syrup. You can use either dark or white. It’s all on your preferences.
Pour the frothed milk into the espresso and chocolate mixture until the mug is full.
Lastly, you can add whipped cream or chocolate shavings to decorate your Mocha drink. Enjoy!
All done! Isn’t it a great Mocha journey?
If you haven’t experienced drinking mocha, come on! Tomorrow morning, buy the most basic ingredients and make one! And if you walk up into a coffee shop, the better.
It won’t disappoint you. I hope and think it won’t. Well, the long history of the Mocha craze already is proof. So you better have that awesome Mocha story!