Does Mocha Taste Like Coffee? Chocolate Difference


Mocha has become one of the most popular coffee drinks in recent years. But mocha generally means that chocolate has been added to alter the flavor. If this is the case, does mocha taste like coffee? Let’s find out.

mocha iced coffee with chocolate shavings

What is Mocha?

A mocha drink is an espresso-based beverage that is sold at a local coffee shop or can be made at home.

The creamy drink has a sweet flavor that’s considered a coffee beverage. It’s made with rich espresso or signature espresso and includes the addition of hot milk, with a little milk foam as well as chocolate flavor and syrup. It’s usually topped with whipped cream.

Other ingredients can be added as well to create a specific mocha drink.

What Does Mocha Taste Like?

The flavor of a mocha is a sweet coffee drink that has a hint of a chocolate flavor and is creamy due to the presence of steamed milk.

Does Mocha Taste Like Coffee?

When referring to a specialty coffee drink that’s made from espresso, chocolate, and steamed milk, we conclude that mocha does taste like coffee.

In fact, the dominant flavor of a mocha is coffee, with a bit of a creamy chocolate flavor as well.   

Mocha Ingredients

To make a mocha at home, you’ll need 1 cup whole milk, roasted coffee beans, and 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup.

Begin by grinding the beans and pouring the cold milk into a frothing pitcher.

Add the ground coffee beans into your espresso machine and pull one or two shots of espresso.

Pour the shots into a coffee mug and add the chocolate syrup. Stir to combine.

Steam the milk until the temperature reaches about 150F degrees. Pour the steamed milk over the chocolate espresso and serve.

iced mocha with chocolate drizzle

You’ll want to note that the type of milk used can vary based on dietary restrictions. For example, soy milk or almond milk are a good substitute for those who are lactose intolerant and require the health benefits of a dairy free substitute.

Different Kinds of Mocha

We’ve established that a basic mocha consists of one or two shots of espresso, chocolate syrup and steamed milk. But there are so many variations and flavors that can be added to make different kinds of mocha drinks. Here are some possibilities for a delicious coffee drink.

Caffe Mocha

One notable difference of the caffe mocha compared to a traditional mocha is that it’s served in a glass rather than a mug. It’s also known as a mocaccino and is a chocolate flavored hot coffee beverage, considered a specialty drink.

Traditional Mocha

A regular mocha is usually served in a large coffee mug and is a chocolate flavored hot coffee beverage that includes steamed milk, espresso, and chocolate syrup.

Mocha Latte

A mocha latte is a popular drink made with a double shot of espresso, steamed milk, chocolate sauce or hot chocolate and is generally topped with whipped cream.

White Chocolate Mocha

White mocha is made with white chocolate syrup, white chocolate sauce, or white chocolate mocha sauce and is blended with espresso and steamed milk.

It can be served hot or cold, which is known as an iced white chocolate mocha.

A White mocha taste is a bit sweeter compared to mocha because white chocolate tends to be packed with more sugar.

white mocha
white mocha

Zebra Mocha

A zebra mocha is as you might anticipate. It’s made with half regular mocha and half white mocha. It has become one of the more popular drinks in recent years.

A zebra mocha can also be topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint mocha is particularly popular at Christmastime or during winter months. A few drops of peppermint flavoring goes a long way in a traditional mocha to transform it into a peppermint mocha.

A fun topping for peppermint mocha is to use grated candy cane sprinkled on top of whipped cream.

What Chocolate Is Used To Make Mocha?

The addition of chocolate into the espresso is what creates the mocha. So chocolate is in our opinion a very important aspect of the drink. There are many types of chocolate that can be used to give the drink its chocolate flavor.

One of the most popular chocolates used is mocha sauce as chocolate flavoring. But any type of chocolate syrup will do the job.

Chocolate syrup or chocolate powder can be dark chocolate or milk chocolate, depending on personal preference and availability. Hot chocolate can also be prepared and used for flavor notes of chocolate in this specialty drink.

For a white chocolate mocha, it’s traditional to use white chocolate syrup or white chocolate sauce so that the flavors coincide and are what make up the drink.

Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino starbucks copycat

Chocolate shavings or white chocolate shavings are generally used as a garnish to add to the top of the whipped cream.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions that relate to does mocha taste like coffee. If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to drop it to us in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to respond.

Does Starbucks mocha taste like coffee?

Yes, Starbucks mocha has a substantial coffee flavor. After all it’s made with espresso, mocha sauce and steamed milk.

The espresso is what gives it the coffee flavor while the mocha sauce is the ingredient that gives it the slight chocolate flavor.  

Is mocha considered coffee?

Yes, if you’re a coffee lover and a chocolate lover, this is one you’ll want to try. Mocha is considered coffee because a basic mocha is made by mixing espresso and chocolate and combining them to create mocha.

mocha with straw
mocha with straw

Does a mocha taste like hot chocolate?

No, mocha doesn’t taste like hot chocolate. Instead, it uses a blend of warm milk, espresso and chocolate syrup or chocolate powder.

Hot chocolate on the other hand is simply chocolate powder that’s mixed with milk or water along with sweetener to create the drink.

Is mocha sweet or bitter?

While plain coffee generally has a bitter taste, the rich flavor of mocha tends to be sweeter because of the chocolate that’s been mixed into the coffee drink.

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