This rich, full-bodied, bittersweet cafe mocha is a classic coffee drink that will comfortably please your coffee and chocolate cravings simultaneously. A perfect comfy go-to-drink for the hectic and crazy busy mornings.
With every single sip of this cafe mocha you get a thick surface of foam on top, and creamy smooth, slightly velvety texture. No machine, no fancy ingredients, and no brewing — and yet you can make the best tasting perfect mocha at home.
Make your own cafe style gourmet mocha with this super simple and easy recipe. You know why? It’s because being your own barista at home is always exciting. This fail-proof simple cafe mocha recipe is surely a winner, so be your own barista and try this easy-to-make Café Mocha recipe at home.
This 5 minutes mocha hardly needs any preparation, and tastes zillion times better than your regular morning coffee with regular cream and sugar.
This page has all the tips and variations to make your most amazing cafe mocha every single time.
What is Cafe Mocha?
Mocha is a milk based chocolate coffee drink which is also known as “mocha latte” or a “caffe mocha” where some chocolate is added to milk coffee.
Caffè Mocha or café mochas are better known for milk froth on top. However, some mocha recipes are served with a whipped cream topping.
This cafe mocha:
✓ is sweet, chocolatey, and delightful.
✓ hardly takes any time.
✓ is made without a machine.
✓ is instant, so no brewing needed.
✓ is an ideal drink for a busy morning.
✓ is perfect for take away.
✓ is easily customizable.
Why would you love this cafe mocha?
If you are a sucker for chocolate and coffee both, then this coffee has your name written all over it. I am an ardent coffee lover who needs strong brewed coffee every single morning. Make me a cup of hot coffee and take my money. I am that sold on the coffee idea. :)
I also adore my fair share of chocolates. This mocha combines both of them, so it is really hard to resist.
On top of all that, the most amazing thing about this recipe is that it takes only 5 minutes of your time, and you can easily customize it according to your taste preference. It is super YUM! Sounds intriguing?
Why not? Chocolate and coffee make a phenomenal pair because they blend beautifully well together. Folks who love coffee and chocolate, just keep exploring the new ways to combine these 2 divine ingredients.
Making mocha and sipping it while binge watching, is one of my favourite weekend leisures.
Preparing cafe style coffees like mocha, is an easy way to save some bucks and satisfy your chocolate coffee cravings at the same time.
This Cafe Mocha tastes great with Dalgona Candy.
Can I use chocolate syrup in this mocha coffee?
Well, you can replace cocoa or chocolate with chocolate syrup, but I won’t recommend that. Mocha should have some real chocolate.
What type of chocolate is best for mocha coffee?
Any fine quality chocolate can be added to this cafe mocha recipe.
I love dark chocolates, so I personally prefer dark ones which have about 84% cocoa, but feel free to use your own personal favorite chocolate for this recipe. You can also use semi sweet, or milk chocolate.
How to make cafe mocha blend?
Making your own cafe mocha blend is very quick, simple, and fun. Just add the 3 basic things to a bowl mix well. And your mocha blend is ready to be stored. Such a mocha blend makes a perfect gift for any one who loves coffee.
Simply add this blend to your coffee mug. Mix with some hot water, top with some frothy steamed milk, and a sprinkle of cocoa powder or maybe chocolate syrup if you are too indulgent. :)
On this page I am sharing 2 ways of making mocha at home. With both of these mocha recipes, you can also make mocha blend and store in a box.
What are the equipment you will need to make cafe mocha at home?
You don’t need any special equipment to make cafe mocha. This is what you will need:
Any heat resistant jar or bottle with the lid
What are the Ingredients you will need to make cafe mocha at home?
To make this cafe mocha all you need is 5 ingredients. These 5 ingredients are:
Instant or brewed coffee
Cocoa powder or dark chocolate
How To Make a Mocha?
If you have ever made any type of coffee before then you know making coffee is extremely simple. It’s the same with this recipe too. This is how you can make this simple recipe in 5 easy steps:
Step 1: Gather ingredients.
Step 2: Mix instant coffee, cocoa powder (or chocolate), sugar and hot water in a coffee mug.
Step 3: Steam Milk.
Step 4: Transfer steamed milk to a jar. Shake shake shake!
Step 5: Pour frothy milk into cup. Sprinkle with cocoa and enjoy!
Get the detailed recipe in the recipe box on this page.
Topping variations for mocha:
A simple Cafe mocha has a delicious milk froth on top, and doesn’t really need any fancy toppings. But you can surely add many different toppings to your cafe mocha.
Below are some cafe mocha topping options:
You can dust cafe mocha with cinnamon or cocoa powder.
Marshmallows topping can also be added for sweetness, flavour, texture, decoration.
Whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and chocolate syrup topping can be added to replicate a adorned coffee-shop style mocha.
Make it an adult mocha drink by adding some whiskey, rum, or any of your favorite liquor.
Amazing tips, tricks, and variations to make perfect mocha at home:
I used some good quality organic cocoa powder which had less sugar. Remember chocolate flavour can make or break the taste of cafe mocha. Feel free to use any of your favourite cocoa powder. You can also use artisan drinking chocolates instead of cocoa powder.
A whipping cream topping is always welcome in cafe mocha. So you can surely add a dollop of whipped cream to your cafe mocha.
For a classic mocha taste, I choose finest quality cocoa powder, or some simple luxury dark chocolate. Feel free to choose any of your other favourite dark chocolate or cocoa here.
I topped my cafe mocha with some cocoa powder, you can also top it with some sea salt, chocolate shavings, or even chocolate syrup.
If you are into syrups, then try a combination of chocolate and caramel syrup. They both taste great in mochas.
If you are dreaming about holidays, then addition of mint chocolate would surely make this mocha more dreamy.
I made the instant super fast version of mocha coffee, so I didn’t use brewed coffee. If you are someone who doesn’t like instant coffee then swap replace instant coffee with 4-5 tablespoons of freshly brewed strong coffee.
Shaking steamed milk in a jar is the best way to get frothy milk without a machine or frother. If you want you can also use milk frother.
Instead of heating milk in a pan, you can also heat it up in the microwave. For 2.5 cups of milk, you need to microwave for about 4 minutes.
If you don’t have any jar or bottle with a lid, whisk steamed milk vigorously in the pan itself. You can also use a coffee tumbler for shaking.
To make vanilla cafe mocha, you can also add some vanilla extract to this coffee.
To make this coffee richer, you can also add about 1 tablespoon of cream to each coffee mug.
Make sure that the bottle you’re using is heat resistant.
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How to make Cafe Mocha //
- In a coffee mug, add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.
- Add 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 tablespoon instant coffee. Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste.
- Then add the 2 tablespoons of hot water to the mug and everything until sugar dissolves completely. Keep it aside.
- Alternatively, add 20 grams of dark chocolate to a mug along with 2 tablespoons of hot water. Let it sit 2 minutes or until chocolate softens.
- After 2 minutes, mix everything well.
- Add 1 teaspoon of sugar.
- Also add add 1 tablespoon instant coffee and mix again.
- Once mixed, keep this aside.
- Now in a saucepan, heat the milk on medium heat.
- Do not boil the milk, you only need to steam the milk. So, turn off the heat right before it starts to boil. Alternatively, add milk to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 2 minutes. Stir the milk and heat again for 2 minutes. You only need to heat it until hot but not boiling.
- Pour the hot milk into a clean heat-resistant bottle or jar.
- Close the lid tightly and wrap the bottle with a kitchen towel. Now shake the bottle vigorously for about 1 minute or until the milk becomes frothy.
- Transfer it to to a frothing pitcher, swirl the milk around the pitcher, this trick remove the larger bubbles and you get equally foamed milk.
- Now pour frothy milk slowly into coffee-chocolate mixture. If you don't have a frothing pitcher, then you can directly pour it from the bottle.
- Dust with some cocoa powder or drizzle with chocolate syrup. Serve immediately!