Who doesn’t love coffee and chocolates? Oh, what to do so you won’t have to give up one for the other? Today is your lucky day. Here, you will learn the secret on how to make a mocha like a pro. Go! Ditch Starbucks or local gourmet coffee shop you frequently visit. This delicious union of coffee and chocolate with steamed milk as an added benefit has been a favorite by many caffeine lovers who want more sweetness out of their daily cup.So, what are usually needed to make a perfect cup of mocha?
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons of dark roasted coffee beans
- 2 cups of skim milk
- whipped cream
- chocolate ganache
- espresso machine
- burr grinder
- frothing pitcher
- shot glass for the espresso
- digital timer
- kitchen scale
- fave mug
Now, the preparation..
The Espresso in Your Coffee Mocha
Like making a cappuccino, knowing how to make a mocha like a barista usually begins with the making of a great espresso shot or shots. Prepare your espresso by choosing the best whole coffee bean and roast it accordingly. When grinding, consider a coarse grind for a more robust taste.
The secret to making a good espresso in a mocha or any other type of coffee concoction lies in the quality and freshness of coffee bean, roasting style (for mocha, use the Italian roast), and the quality of a grind. Filtered water is also highly recommended as it helps to bind more flavors without the after-taste. Of course, temperature also plays a big role in roasting, grinding and in the actual brewing of the coffee—and the use of fresh ingredients only to enjoy a robust taste.
So, before you do the perfect grind (as discussed previously on how to make a perfect cup of cappuccino), it is essential to remember this important preparations:
- The espresso machine must be turned on 30 minutes in advance to enjoy optimal temperature.
- As the machine heats up, insert the portafilter carefully for preheating.
As soon as your espresso is brewing, it is also time to prepare for the frothy milk-chocolate sensation.
The Frothy Chocolate-y Factor
To add your cocoa powder, simply mix in a ramekin beforehand the 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix thoroughly until creating a creamy texture with no presence of lumps or bubbles. Put this in a chilled frothing pitcher, add the milk, and steam.
In the same way as foaming the milk in your cappuccino (check it HERE), it is also recommended to use nonfat milk for a foamier result or whole milk if you want it creamier. To others, skim milk also delivers the desired effect particularly when mixed with cocoa powder. When frothing the milk, try to tilt the pitcher a little to allow more movement for the milk and chocolate, and to evenly heat it. This usually delivers a creamier yet less bubbly concoction.
Bring Them All Together
Now that the espresso and milk chocolate is ready, simply take your pre-warmed cup and add the espresso. Gradually put into the cup the steamed chocolate milk. Stir slowly and do it in one direction to create a consistent mixture. The most exciting part—filling the top with the creamy foam or your choice of whipped cream. Some also love to squeeze sweetened chocolate sauce on top and some chocolate shavings.
Truly, a café mocha is one tasty drink and an exciting one to prepare. It all starts with making a good espresso shot and a certain level of creativity and patience in mixing milk with your chosen chocolate ingredients. By knowing how to make a mocha like a pro, you can finally think of ways on how to simply enjoy weekends with friends and family or start a new business on your own. Whichever it is, having a good cup of mocha will definitely add excitement to a dreary day.