Chocolate and coffee work extremely well together, so a mocha is like a match made in heaven. You may have seen mochas on the menu at Starbucks but aren’t entirely sure what it is. I’ll be the first to admit that all those coffee terms can be daunting.
So, what is a mocha exactly? Mochas are also called mochaccinos, and they are a rich, indulgent drink that combines espresso, steamed milk, and a dose of chocolate syrup. If you’re new to coffee, mochas are the best place to start.
The beverage can be made either iced or hot. This winter, sip on a warm mocha and let its heat chase away the chill creeping into your bones!
There’s no exact right way to drink this coffee. Some people like to add whipped cream on top, while others feel that the drink is creamy enough on its own.
You can also apply as little or as much chocolate as you want, depending on how big of a sweet tooth you are. Its ability to be customized according to each individual’s taste is why the mocha has remained so popular over the years.
The name “mocha” brings to mind a fancy, complicated beverage that only an expert can prepare, but it’s surprisingly easy to make your own lip-smacking mocha right at home. And you don’t even need to be a barista to do so!
Although mochas may be versatile, there is still a basic formula you should follow to get the best results. Start with an espresso machine, freshly roasted coffee beans, and high-quality dark chocolate.
It’s important to use freshly roasted beans so your coffee doesn’t end up with a stale, burnt flavor. It will take a lot of cream and chocolate to cover it up, and even then, the acrid taste might still be present.
When picking out chocolate, save the cheap syrup for your ice cream sundaes. Homemade mochas deserve chocolate with a glossy sheen and smooth consistency. You can tell if it’s the good stuff when it melts in your mouth and can be easily snapped into pieces.