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Mocha has gained popularity rapidly since it has been introduced into the market. The rich texture and the divine bittersweet taste of mocha have garnered attention from coffee lovers all around the globe. It is the perfect choice for both chocolate and coffee lovers, who try to find new ways to blend the 2 ingredients. In simplicity, mocha is a cup of hot chocolate mixed with an espresso shot. The best part is that no fancy machines and ingredients are required to make mocha at home.
Make an Espresso Shot
An espresso shot is a primary addition to any cup of mocha. The original method of making an espresso shot is to use an espresso machine. The machine pushes hot water at high pressure from the ground coffee. This creates the perfect espresso shot. However, there are ways to mimic an espresso shot at home. You can read more about that here- How to to Make Espresso Shot At Home.
Ways to Make a Mocha at Home
The easiest way to make mocha without the involvement of an espresso machine is to use a microwave. The ingredients you’ll be needing are all easily available, and affordable. You need an espresso shot, whole milk, and sugar. Unsweetened chocolate, and other chocolate toppings, or whipped cream are up to you.
Fill a mason jar with a cup of whole milk and place it in the microwave for 1 min 30 minutes. In the meantime, heat the unsweetened chocolate for when you will need it later. Put an ounce of chocolate in a pan, and add in a teaspoon of each instant espresso, and sugar. Slowly, stir the mixture until the chocolate has melted into a thick, smooth liquid.
Once the chocolate has melted, use a spoon to slowly pour the heated milk into the saucepan. Make sure to save 1/4 of the milk and use the remaining amount. This step is essential for the texture to be rich and creamy. Shake the saved milk in a Mason jar until it foams. Empty the coffee from the pan into a cup of your choice, and top the cup with foamy milk. Your cup of steaming, delicious mocha is ready! Additionally, you can add any of the toppings that suit your palette.
Don’t be disheartened if you don’t own a microwave. We’ve brought you another easy recipe for a mocha.
Add Coffee to Chocolate Milk
First, make half a cup of coffee using instant coffee, and hot water, and transfer it to a cup. Next, put two tablespoons of chocolate powder in half a cup of milk, and heat it until it’s steaming. Remember, that you do not have to boil the milk. Pour the hot chocolate into the coffee cup, and until thoroughly incorporated. Use whipped cream to complete your drink.
The sharpness of the coffee will enhance the flavor of the chocolate. If you add whipped cream to the top, it will add a delicious contrast to the sweetness of the brew.
Add Water to Coffee and Chocolate Powder
Take a coffee mug and add a spoonful of cocoa powder, and a spoonful of instant coffee to it. Then add in the amount of sugar you prefer according to your taste. Lastly, pour in two tablespoons of hot water and stir the ingredients together until the sugar completely dissolves. Keep the mixture aside and take another cup. Add dark chocolate and 2 tablespoons of hot water to it. Let the cup sit until the chocolate softens and then mix it.
The hot water should melt the dark chocolate into a thick, luscious mass.
Put the cup in a corner for a while and pour a cup of whole milk into a pan. Heat the milk till it’s steaming, but take care to keep it from boiling. Take a heat-resistant jar or bottle and then add in the milk. Use a cloth, or gloves to hold the bottle and shake it vigorously until the milk froths. If available, you can use a frothing pitcher to remove the bubbles from the frothed milk.
Mix the coffee and chocolate mixture perfectly together to form a coffee base in a cup. Swirl the steamed milk, and then pour it into the coffee base. You can dust cocoa powder, or drizzle chocolate syrup on top, to further enhance the flavor. Your homemade mocha is ready to be savored.
Tips To Make Mocha at Home
1. For the classic café mocha, use dark chocolate and fine cocoa powder because they taste stronger than any other alternative.
2. If you like to use syrups, then try mixing chocolate and caramel. They fit perfectly with mocha.
3. Be sure that the bottle you’re using for frothing the milk is heat resistant.
4. Dark coffee beans should be used for making the coffee because they have a more prominent taste.
5. Use whole milk instead of any other type of milk as it is creamier and richer in texture.
6. The amount of chocolate you use can be adjusted. We recommend you use 1 to 2 tablespoons in the beginning, but you can increase it if you want a stronger flavor.
7. The best toppings to go with a warm cup of mocha, are marshmallows, cocoa powder, and graham crackers, and caramel syrup.
How to Make Iced Mocha At Home
Iced mocha is made in a slightly different way than regular mocha. You use half and half for iced mocha, whereas you use whole milk for a regular mocha. Half and half is a mixture of half whole milk and the other half cream.
To make an iced mocha, all you need are ice cubes, cold-brewed coffee, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and half and half. The process itself is simple. Add ice cubes to the Mason jar, and then fill half of it with the coffee. Add half and half to the consistency, and flavor you would like. Add chocolate syrup inside the jar, and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
If you want a smoother mocha, dilute your coffee by adding a little bit of water, and then stir it well. Whipped cream on top completes the drink. Dip in your straw, give the mocha a few good swirls, and enjoy.
What Chocolate Can You Use for Mocha?
Any type of chocolate can work with a cup of mocha. You can add in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and even chocolate syrup. However, while chocolate syrups are less time-consuming, using solid chocolate provides better taste. The consistency of the drink improves too.
Dark chocolate is very popular among veteran mocha lovers. It adds great flavor to the drink. In contrast, milk chocolate is better for newbies, as it is less harsh and bitter.
Mocha is the perfect choice for people that love a little hint of chocolate in their drink. While they can be drunk year-round, mochas are extremely popular in the winters. This is because a mocha is the perfect blend of hot chocolate and coffee. If a mocha doesn’t suit your taste, a cappuccino is another mild, and delicious coffee. The best part is that a cappuccino can be easily made at home too. You can find the recipe on –How to Make Cappuccino at Home.