Starbucks Cafe Mocha

Starbucks Cafe Mocha is a creamy and delicious combination of coffee and chocolate. You can recreate this famous coffee drink at home with this easy copycat recipe. This homemade mocha latte will taste just like it does at Starbucks.

homemade Starbucks cafe mocha coffee drink with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.


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What makes cafe mocha so good? 

Whoever thought of this coffee had a great idea! Espresso is paired with a delicious chocolate sauce and frothy milk. This recipe isn’t too hard to duplicate at home. We will show you the simple steps you need to recreate this at home. 

Why you should try this recipe 

This homemade recipe will show you how to make a homemade mocha latte in no time. Save money and enjoy your favorite Starbucks drink at home. 

History of the Starbucks Caffe Mocha Coffee Drink

Believe it or not, Starbucks didn’t start as an espresso bar. When the first store opened at Pike Place Market in Seattle in 1971, you could only buy exotic spices, coffee beans, tea, and the necessary equipment to brew drinks at home.

It wasn’t until the early 80s that a Starbucks barista sold the first cup of coffee.

At first, only one item was on the menu: brewed coffee. But before long, the owners began adding espresso specialty drinks.

Cafe mocha coffee was among the earliest additions to the menu. Over the years, Starbucks has offered dozens of new drinks, with varying success, but the popularity of cafe mocha remains to this day.

The reason is simple. Cafe mocha appeals to new and experienced coffee drinkers because it’s easy to drink without overwhelming coffee flavor, becoming the go-to coffee drink for many customers.

Unfortunately, it isn’t cheap! So, stop spending all your cash on Starbucks cafe mochas and start making them at home! 

What is a Cafe Mocha?

Cafe Mocha is a drink for anyone who loves coffee and chocolate together. It starts with chocolate syrup, a shot (or two!) of espresso, steamed milk, and topped with sweetened whipped cream. All of which can be made in the convenience of your own home.

The best part of making it at home is adding extra chocolate (or whipped cream!) to your drink.

What Makes this Starbucks Cafe Mocha Recipe Unique

Coffee and chocolate are two things that go amazingly well together. Both have a slight bitterness, but the chocolate sauce’s sweetness helps tamp down any harshness.

Combined with the steamed milk and vanilla whipped cream, this coffee-based drink is perfect for whenever you feel a little pick-me-up without feeling overindulging.

Starbucks Mocha Ingredients

This cafe mocha recipe has two separate components – coffee and sweetened whipped cream.

To make the coffee, you will need:

  • Milk
  • Chocolate syrup or sauce
  • Espresso or strongly brewed coffee

Use Hershey syrup, but for the best flavor, use an authentic chocolate sauce instead. Ghirardelli and Hollander make chocolate sauces that are especially good for cafe mochas.

The ingredients for vanilla whipped cream are:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract

Regular sugar tends to make the whipped cream a little gritty, so you may want to use powdered or superfine sugar. As a bonus, powdered sugar contains cornstarch, which can help to stabilize the whipped cream and keep it from separating.

Starbucks cafe mocha ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

If you want to make the coffee treat more authentic and have no espresso maker, consider using an instant espresso such as Medaglia D’Oro Instant Espresso Coffee, or you can brew some extra strong coffee by switching to an espresso roast or increasing the amount of coffee you usually brew with. 

You can buy the same brand of mocha syrup Starbucks uses. The Fontana line is what Starbucks uses, but it only comes in a huge container: Fontana Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mocha Sauce.

One thing is for sure: you can recreate this coffee treat at home for a lot less than what it costs at the store.

How to Make Vanilla Whipped Cream

You’ll want to make the whipped cream first so it is ready to top the hot mocha drink.

  1. In a chilled bowl, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form.
heavy cream whipped to soft peaks.
  1. Add sugar and vanilla extract.
sugar and vanilla extract added to whipped cream in a bowl.
  1. Beat until stiff peaks form.
vanilla whipped cream on a wood spoon over a bowl of it.

How to Make Starbucks Cafe Mocha

  1. If you have an espresso machine with a steamer attachment, steam to froth the milk to 150Β°F. Otherwise, heat the milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until it reaches 150Β°F. Or you can heat it in a small saucepan on the stovetop, stirring constantly. Be careful not to scald or boil the milk. To warm froth milk in the microwave or a pan, pour it into a mason jar, put the lid on it, and shake it vigorously.
steaming milk with an espresso machine steamer.
  1. Place the chocolate syrup in a coffee mug.
chocolate syrup in a glass coffee cup.
  1. Add your shot of espresso.
  2. Pour the heated milk into the mug. Stir to combine.
heated milk and chocolate syrup in a glass coffee cup.
  1. Top with vanilla whipped cream.
  2. Drizzle chocolate syrup on top of the whipped cream. Or you can sprinkle cocoa powder on top.
homemade Starbucks cafe mocha coffee drink in a glass coffee mug.

Substitutions and Variations of this Starbucks Cafe Mocha Recipe

Feel free to switch out the dairy milk if you want. You can buy specially formulated oat milk online that froths amazingly well or use your favorite dairy-free milk instead. Other types of plant-based milk you may want to try are soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or even almond milk.

Starbucks uses 2% milk to make the Cafe Mocha Latte. Using skim milk and 1% milk will make it less creamy. Whole milk will make it creamier. Or you can make it a breve with half-and-half.

No espresso machine? No problem. This drink is just as good when using instant espresso powder (Medaglia D Oro Coffee is particularly good,) Moka pot coffee, or any strong-brewed coffee.

Play around with the flavors to find a new favorite. Add a few drops of mint extract for a Minty Cafe Mocha or a squeeze of caramel sauce for an Easter Egg Latte.

Make an iced mocha by not frothing the milk and using room temperature or cold espresso or coffee. Simply pour all the ingredients into a glass filled with ice, stir, and enjoy!

overhead view of a homemade Starbucks cafe mocha coffee drink.

What Pairs Well with a Mocha Latte?

Since this drink is rather sweet, stay away from serving anything overly sugary. Biscotti is a lovely choice.

Chocoholics will love nibbling on a square or two of high-quality semi-sweet chocolate. Try combining both by baking these Chocolate Chip Almond Biscotti.

How to Store Mocha Coffee

You can store each component of the drink in the fridge separately.

  • Brewed coffee will last up to five days in a covered container.
  • You should use the whipped cream within a few hours of making it.

How to Reheat a Cafe Mocha

Reheat the coffee in the microwave on high for 70 seconds. Whisk the whipped cream to reform soft peaks.

homemade Starbucks cafe mocha in front of an espresso machine.

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homemade Starbucks cafe mocha coffee drink with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

Starbucks Cafe Mocha

You can make a Starbucks Caffe Mocha at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cafe Mocha, Caffe Mocha, Starbucks Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 291kcal

Ingredients

Cafe Mocha

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 ounces espresso or strong coffee

Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Cafe Mocha

  • If you have an espresso machine with a steamer attachment, steam the milk to 150 degrees. If not, follow the next step for heating the milk.
  • Heat the milk in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, until it reaches 150 degrees. Or heat it in a small saucepan on the stove top, stirring constantly. Be careful not to scald or boil the milk.
  • Place the chocolate syrup in a coffee mug.
  • Add espresso.
  • Add the heated milk.
  • Top with vanilla whipped cream.
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup on top of the whipped cream.

Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • In a chilled bowl, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes.
  • Add sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Beat for an additional minute or until stiff peaks form.

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Notes

Store whipped cream in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 476mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 0.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Steph

    Stephanie,
    When I order it at Starbucks, I get non fat milk and no whip cream. Do they steam milk? If so how do I do this? Also, do you stir all ingredients together? Thanks for your response.

    • Stephanie

      To get the milk frothy you can heat it and put it a jar with a lid and shake it. Typically they layer their drinks, pour in the coffee, the steamed milk, and then add on the toppings.

  2. Emily

    5 stars
    I just tried this and oh my lord it was sooooo good it taste just like the one from Starbucks! I definitely recommend.

  3. Carrie Roberts

    Any suggestions for sugar free mocha sauce that actually tastes good like in Starbucks skinny mocha? Trying to replicate at home. Also do you stir the coffee with the milk after all in the cup?

  4. Sue Miller

    I’ve been trying to get the recipe for Starbuck’s oatmeal raisin cookies. Now I’ve made a lot of oatmeal cookies in my many years of baking but their cookies have a distinctive flavor that I can’t figure out. They are moist but still chewy & have a lovely flavor. Any help would be appreciated.

  5. Sherry L.

    Love this recipe but how do I make a “shot” of espresso from the Medaglia D’Oro Instant Espresso Coffee?

  6. Jodi

    5 stars
    Looking forward to trying this πŸ™‚ Any tips for using a milk alternative, sounds or almost milk? Or proper way to steam if you dont have a machine? Thanks so much!

  7. Lauren I Kowalczewski

    I was so cold and rainy here in Michigan last night….Sis and I stopped at Tim Hortens for something hot. She got a hot chocolate and got me the hot choco mocha…Ohhhhh, my!!
    It was made in Heaven!! I sipped it allllll the way home.
    Thanks so much for all of your brilliant recipes.

  8. Sharon Umpleby

    I can’t hardly access these sites because the sites don’t stay on long enough for me to copy the recipe ????!!!!

  9. Alecia

    Mocha was my entry into the coffee world! I was a coffee house girl back then but I still love the mix of sweet cream, rich chocolate and hot coffee

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