What is Mocha?

Mocha is a latte flavored with chocolate. It can also be called a cafe mocha, mocha latteor a mochaccino. It keeps the traditional latte ratio of one-third espresso and two-thirds steamed milk, plus a thin layer of milk foam, but adds a dose of chocolate syrup. Often a mocha will be topped with whipped cream and sprinkled liberally with chocolate or cocoa powder.

Don’t be confused with Mocha Java coffee beans, so named because they were exported through the port of Mocha, Yemen, during coffee’s early history. This coffee-bean blend pairs coffee from Yemen and Indonesia. It is not a style of coffee drink, and it does not contain chocolate.

Where does Mocha coffee come from?

The original Mocha was the coffee prepared from the Mocha Java beans. These beans, a blend from the Yemeni port of Mocha and the Indonesian region of Java, were said to have a naturally chocolatey flavor, even without chocolate. They are also the reason why coffee is called Java. However, Mocha now refers to an espresso-based drink to which chocolate has been added.

The modern chocolate Mocha was developed in Turin, Italy, in the 18th century. It was initially a layered drink made from cream, chocolate, and espresso, and it was called the bicerin after the cafe where it originated. The drink soon spread around Europe and to North America.

How is Mocha made?


  • 18 g finely ground coffee
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 6 ounces milk
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Cocoa powder (optional)