Mocha is, in itself, coffee. Dark brown coffee bean with rich and strong flavour. But for the most coffee-drinking patrons, it is a classic mix of coffee, milk, sugar and chocolate.
Some coffee shops have their variations just to keep themselves different from one another. A good thing yet a bit confusing sometimes, because if the person-behind-the-counter’s response is other than “What size?” then mocha might take a different name:
- Caffé Mocha, Café Mocha or Mocha. The literal hot mocha drink. Usually have espresso-based or brewed mocha coffee beans infused into a hot chocolate drink with a hint of milk. Or the other way around, coffee drink with a very significant amount of chocolate flavour.
- Mocha Latté. Latté is Italian for milk. This is a mocha drink with a little more milk than the usual portion of steamed or textured milk, or any milk as preferred. It is when milk tries to jump in the strong competing fight between the coffee and chocolate flavour.
- Mochaccino. A cappuccino (very frothy espresso and milk coffee drink) with chocolate, chocolate flavour or chocolate syrup. Lesser milk than the Latté, perhaps more on froth.
To put it simply, Mocha is strongly coffee and chocolate drink. Mocha Latté is milky mocha drink. And, Mochaccino is frothy mocha drink.