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What is Mocha Coffee?

Deliciously sweet, nutty and chocolatey. This creamy coffee drink is an espresso-based beverage but it often causes confusion as to exactly what a mocha is. We explain what is it, where it came from and how it differs to other coffees.

What is mocha coffee?

Although a mocha is often interpreted differently across the world, the basis is that a shot of espresso is combined with a chocolate powder or syrup, followed by milk or cream. It is a variant of a latte, in the sense that it is often 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk. However, a chocolate flavour is added, and this can be milk or dark.

What does mocha mean?

Essentially, 'mocha' means a type of good quality coffee that is made from a specific coffee bean. The beans are from the plant species called Coffee Arabica, and it was originally only grown in Mocha, Yemen. It also means a mixture of coffee and chocolate, or a flavouring that tastes of this.

What does a mocha taste like?

It is said that a mocha tastes like a chocolatey coffee. Whilst this is true, a mocha is so much more than that. Where the espresso shot offers an almost bitter taste, the chocolate combination creates a sweetness to create a velvety smooth, luxurious beverage.  

Mocha origin – where did it come from?

Now we understand what a mocha is, where exactly did it come from? It is believed that the drink was originally named after the mocha bean, which is a type of coffee bean shipped from the port of Al Mokka in Yemen. Mocha beans were known for their naturally chocolatey flavour. These days, the name mocha doesn’t reference these coffee beans as such, but rather the presence of added chocolate flavourings in the coffee drink.

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Cappuccino vs mocha – what are the differences?

For starters, the cappuccino hails from Italy and the mocha originates in Yemen. Interestingly, they’re both espresso-based drinks, but the mocha contains chocolate flavouring and the cappuccino is topped with a milk foam to form a frothy coffee beverage – sometimes with a dusting of chocolate on top too.

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