How to Make a Mochaccino (Even Without an Espresso Machine)
Mochaccinos are the perfect coffee drink for people who love both coffee and chocolate. In this guide, I'll show you how to easily make a perfect mochaccino at home. All you need is some good coffee, chocolate syrup, and milk (and maybe a ton of whipped cream).
What is a Mochaccino?
A mochaccino is a coffee drink that combines all the best elements of coffee and chocolate,—but then throws some frothed milk into the mix.
The result? A chocolatey, rich, and foamy beverage that’s pretty much guaranteed to wake you up while relaxing you with its sweet taste and luscious foam.
I know, it sounds too good to be true. But stay with me—you're about to learn how to make one yourself!
Mocha vs Mochaccino: What's the Difference?
Some people will tell you a mochaccino and a mocha are the same thing, but they're simply wrong. By definition, a mocha is closer to a latte than a cappuccino; with steamed milk added to espresso with no real "foam" to speak of.
A mochaccino, on the other hand, includes espresso, steamed milk, and foam—with the welcome addition of chocolate syrup.
Why you should make a Mochaccino at Home:
- Coffee and chocolate
Need I say more?
But I will, anyway:
The chocolate and espresso flavors in a mocchacino compliment each other perfectly, and the milk and foam help to balance out the drink and give it a velvety—dare I say—luxurious texture.
I suppose if you need even more reasons to make one at home, I could also say that a homemade mochaccino is:
- Way cheaper than Starbucks: Let's be honest, those $7 - 8 Starbucks drinks are delicious (allegedly) but they're also pretty pricey. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative that's just as good or better, making your own mochaccino at home is an easy way to go about it.
- Way easier to make at home than you think: This is probably the main one reason people don't make mochaccinos at home—they think it's too complicated, and that they'll need all sorts of specialized barista equipment. I'm here to tell you that making a mochaccino in your kitchen is super easy! With good quality coffee, a good quality chocolate syrup, and some basic brewing gear, anyone can make a delicious mochaccino in the comfort of their own home.
- Coffee and Chocolate: OK—I know I mentioned this reason already, but it bears repeating in case anyone missed it.
What You'll Need to Make a Mochaccino:
All you need to make an awesome homemade mochaccino are a few simple ingredients.
- Milk (dairy or non-dairy works)
- Chocolate syrup
- A blender (optional but recommended)
That's it! If you have those four things, you have everything you need to make a homemade mochaccino.
Of course, there are a few other things that will help make your mochaccino even better, but they're not strictly necessary:
- Whipped cream (Or a whipped topping, like Cool Whip is great, too)
- Cinnamon or other spices (for sprinkling on top)
- Vanilla extract (a few drops can add a nice twist)
- An espresso machine (ideal—but not necessary)
How to Make a Mochaccino:
Now that you know what you need, let's get into how to make a mochaccino. The great thing about this recipe is that it's totally customizable, so feel free to adjust it to your taste.
- Start by brewing your coffee. If you have an espresso machine, you can use it to make a more authentic mochaccino, but it's not strictly necessary. Some freshly ground non-espresso style coffee is pretty good with chocolate, too. Even a regular ol' drip coffee maker will work*—you'll just need to use a little more coffee grounds to make up for the weaker brew. An AeroPress will work much better to replace an espresso machine, though.
- While the coffee is brewing, heat up your milk in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave. If you're using dairy milk, you'll want to froth it using an immersion blender or a frothing wand if you have one. Non-dairy milk generally doesn't froth as well, but it'll still make some foam.
- Once the coffee is brewed and the milk is heated (and frothed, if using dairy), it's time to assemble your mochaccino. In a mug, combine the coffee, milk, and chocolate syrup to taste. I like to start with 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup but feel free to adjust according to your preferences.
- If you want a really smooth and foamy mochaccino, blend everything together using an immersion blender or a regular countertop blender. If you don't mind a few coffee grinds in your drink, you can skip this step.
- Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or other spices, if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!
*Note: Let’s be honest, while any coffee brewer will work, drip brewers don’t exactly make what I would call “indulgent” coffee. So if you don't have an espresso machine, I highly recommend using an AeroPress or AeroPress Go to make espresso-style shots for a truly decadent homemade mochaccino.
Now that you know how to make a mochaccino at home, there's no need to shell out $7 or $8 every time you want one. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic coffee brewing equipment, you can have an indulgent coffee treat any time you want!
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