Easy Recipe for Brewing a Cup of Coffee with Hot Chocolate
Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Panera Bread… all sell great coffee. The following recipe details how to ger your homemade cafe mochas tasting as close as possible to coffee shop quality.
What you will need for this cafe mocha recipe:
- Coffee Grounds (8 O’clock Coffee is recommended by Consumer Reports; any will do)
- 2%/Whole Milk and Hot Chocolate (if desired)
- French Vanilla powdered creamer (optional)
- Chocolate Syrup (Hershey’s recommended)
- Whipped Cream (if desired)
Step One: Brew the Coffee
Follow the directions on your container of coffee grounds. As a general rule-of-thumb, it is one cup of water per one table spoon of coffee grounds. A slow-drip coffee maker is recommended for the best flavor.
Step Two: Prepare the Milk and Hot Chocolate
While your coffee is brewing, you will have some time to get the milk ready. You see, when you order a cappuccino or mocha at a coffee shop, they don’t just heat up the milk and pour it into your cup. They have a machine that aerates the milk and gives it that essential, frothy texture. But you don’t need one of those machines to get similar results.
Find a container that you can easily seal. Water bottles work great. Pour some milk in the container, being sure to leave plenty of air space, and seal it up tightly. Now, aggressively shake up the milk until it is so frothy and bubbly than you can barely feel it moving around in the container. The idea here is to get it as aerated as possible.
When it is satisfactorily bubbly, pour it into a microwave safe container and heat it up on high for about 15-20 seconds or so. The reason for this is so that there isn’t a huge flavor-ruining difference in temperature when the milk and coffee are mixed.
Substituting Hot Chocolate
For a really great taste (and also added calories), hot chocolate can be substituted for the milk. This really makes the drink pack a chocolately punch. Add 1 pack of single serving hot chocolate mix to your drink if you desire this chocolate heaven.
Step Three: Putting it all Together
When your coffee has finished brewing, your are almost ready to pour it. Before doing so, put one tablespoon of chocolate syrup in the mug. Next, fill up your cup about 1/2 – 2/3 full of brewed coffee. Add creamer as desired. After that, pour in the frothy milk (which will have separated slightly so there is foam on the top and aerated milk at the bottom; use a spoon to hold back the foam).
If you like, you can add whipped cream to top it off, but a healthier alternative would be to spoon out the foam which you used a spoon to hold back when pouring in the milk. This gives the coffee a professionally-brewed look. For bonus points, you can make cool-looking designs on top of the foam using carefully dispensed chocolate syrup.
You are now ready to enjoy a great-tasting cup of joe! Everyone has different preferences in how their coffee tastes, so it may take you a couple tries to get the ratio of milk, coffee, creamer and chocolate just to your liking.
General Coffee And Cappuccino Tips
-Once you have opened a bag/container of coffee grounds, always seal it up when finished and store in the refrigerator. This preserves flavor and freshness to keep your coffee tasting great.
-For best flavor, always use cold water when brewing coffee