We are dedicating a whole article to this treat because it is often a subject of confusion. Many people say Mocha is a chocolate drink; others say it is a latte variant.

Mocha is a popular coffee drink that combines espresso shots, steamed milk, and chocolate flavor.

A typical Mocha drink, therefore, is a combination of all or most of the following:

  • Espresso shots
  • Steamed milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate (syrup and sprinkles)

Mocha, therefore can mean chocolatey coffee, but not all chocolatey coffee is Mocha, as we will see later in the article. Cappuccino, for example, often also has chocolate dustings on its top, but it is not compulsory.

The excellent news about Mocha is that it is pretty easy to make at home and is very enjoyable.

So if you want to learn how to make a delicious cup of chocolate espresso goodness, come along as we dive into the world of Mocha.

What is Mocha?

What is Mocha?

Simply put, Mocha is simply a latte flavored with chocolate. Latte has an espresso to steamed milk ratio of one to three. That ratio is maintained in the production of Mocha.

Although Mocha is a type of coffee drink, the name is derived from a specific type of coffee bean from which it is made. Mocha is made from specific Arabica coffee beans that are found in a town in Yemen called Al-Mokha (Mocha)

However, the term has been used to describe the drink rather than the coffee beans over the years. Because Mocha is known to contain chocolate and cream, most coffee with that flavor can be called a Mocha, which is also often referred to as Mocha latte.

Mocha is like a latte because it has lots of milk, but the main difference is that it has chocolate.

The essential ingredients of Mocha are espresso, milk, and chocolate. Unlike other similar drinks, chocolate is a critical part of Mocha. What makes Mocha unique is that there is a variety in the proportion of ingredients used in preparing it.

Also, there are different types of chocolates used in the production, with the most prominent being chocolate syrup.

Mochas can be prepared hot or cold, and there are different ways one can enjoy it.

A cappuccino is similar to a Mocha because it is also espresso with steamed and frothed milk. Mocha, meanwhile, doesn’t always have froth milk but has chocolate. The chocolate in Mocha always stand out, and it also has less coffee taste than a cappuccino.

History of Mocha

History of Mocha

Although Mochas became commercially available in the United States in the 70s, their origins can be traced to Italy and a port town in Yemen called Al-Mokka.

Al-Mokha is home to one of the best varieties of Arabica coffee beans, which led to the export of the highly sought-after product known as Mocha Java beans.

Soon, the coffee brewed from the Arabica beans was combined with chocolate flavor by drinkers in Europe. That led to the creation of Mocha around the end of the seventeenth century.

The development of the Mocha we all enjoy today can be traced directly to Italy. In the 18th century, coffee makers in Turin added cream and chocolate to espresso.

But before espresso machines ever came into being, it was Bicerin, an Italian coffee beverage that was the origin of Mocha. Bicerin was simply the same as Mocha but more carefully lay over one another.

The Mocha that we now enjoy today was created after developing the espresso machine. Chocolate flavor, syrup, and milk were added to espresso shots to produce the Mocha we love and enjoy today.

However, you do not need to have an espresso machine to enjoy your Mocha. As long as you can brew a perfect cup, you can add chocolate in unique ways that we’ll explore in a moment.

Popularity of Mocha

Popularity of Mocha

The popularity of Mocha started around the 18th century, and since then, it has grown in popularity to become one of the most favorite coffee drinks. But why is Mocha popular? This is mainly due to the chocolatey goodness.

Coffee can be a bit bitter, especially if the roast is dark. But with the addition of milk and chocolate, you have creamy goodness that is mouthwatering.

Mocha is not just popular in Italy, where it was modernized; it is cherished worldwide. Several coffee drinkers who are used to other types often get hooked with their first cup of Mocha.

Mocha is also popular because it has variants. The two variants of the drink are white and Dark Mocha.

The difference is that white Mocha is made with white chocolate syrup, while dark Mocha is made with dark chocolate syrup. Every other thing remains the same.

Mocha Ingredients

Mocha ingredients

Let’s look at the ingredients that are used to make your favorite drink


There’s no specific coffee type for Mocha, but it is ideal to go for a dark roast. This is because Mocha contains lots of sweet additions like chocolate. It is appropriate to balance the sweetness with the bitter flavor of dark roast coffee.

Of course, it’s best to go for an espresso brew. However, if you don’t have an espresso machine, you can go for other brew types.


Chocolate is the main ingredient of Mocha, and this is mainly in the form of chocolate syrup. The syrup could be white chocolate syrup which produces what is known as white Mocha.

Dark Mocha is a product of dark chocolate. Chocolate dustings or powder can also be used as toppings. It is the chocolatey feel that makes Mocha a very great drink.


A significant component of the mocha coffee drink is steamed milk. You need your milk to be steamed enough to create foam for your latte.

You need about 8 ounces of milk, and when steaming it, you should ensure it reaches a temperature of about 165°F.

Optional Ingredients

Here are some optional ingredients, which are also very important, include

  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate powder
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Sprinkles
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon

All of these ingredients are used to make the Mocha more appealing and are the very reason why the drink is very cherished everywhere.

How to Make Perfect Mocha

How to Make Perfect Mocha

For a perfect cup of Mocha, you’ll need the ingredients mentioned above. A cup of milk, roasted coffee beans, and two tablespoons of chocolate syrup.

There are optional ingredients that can also be used to make Mocha more enjoyable. But using the ingredients above here’s how to go about it.

First, you’ll need an espresso machine and a milk steaming pitcher to steam your milk. Also, while any roast type can work well, a dark roast is preferable since you’ll be adding the sweetness of chocolate.

  • Grind your roasted coffee beans
  • Add your coffee beans to your espresso machine.
  • Release the desired shots of espresso into a latte cup or any mug that is sizable enough
  • Add two spoons of chocolate syrup
  • Stir the mixture
  • Add steamed milk over the mixture
  • Add whipped cream (optional)
  • Sprinkle dustings of chocolate (optional)

Your Mocha is ready to be enjoyed.

Mocha is a great drink because the added chocolate provides excellent health benefits. For example, chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in antioxidants and vitamins.

Mocha can therefore help lower blood pressure, improve the heart and develop the brain.


Coffee has different variants. And one of them is the mocha drink, which combines a chocolatey treat with espresso.

There are various ways of making a mocha drink, and there are several ingredients; however, the most important are chocolate and steamed milk.

Although it originated from an Arabica variant in Yemen, the Italians developed what we now know as Mocha.

The favorite brew for Mocha is espresso and depending on your preferences; you can add other ingredients.


Last Updated on August 31, 2022 by Ashok Parmar


My name is Ashok Parmar, and for seven years, I worked as a warehouse manager that strictly dealt with coffee shops all around the United States.

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