How to Make the Best Cafe Mocha with a Nespresso Espresso Maker

Updated on March 15, 2016
Make a cafe mocha at home
Make a cafe mocha at home | Source

Goodbye Starbucks

Mocha lovers, listen up! There are mochas.....and then there are mochas. If your pocketbook needs a break from hitting the drive-thru every morning to get your morning caffeine jolt, here is the perfect recipe to get your day started right. First, purchase a single cup coffee/espresso maker. There are several on the market such as Keurig and Nespresso that are relatively inexpensive and oh so easy-to-use. Similar in concept is Starbuck's recent introduction of Verismo, a single espresso maker. Compared to visiting your neighborhood Starbucks everyday, this initial investment will easily pay for itself in a little over two months.

My favorite Nespresso machine, and the best value for the money is the CitiZ with Milk for $299. Purchasing this combo machine saves $50 off purchasing a CitiZ and an Aeroccino steamer separately. A less expensive option is to purchase an Essenza ($129) and an Aeroccino ($99).


Nespresso Has Affordable Options

My Nespresso CitiZ w/Milk
My Nespresso CitiZ w/Milk | Source

Not All Chocolate is Created Equal

Once you have the espresso machine, its time to focus on the chocolate. The difference between an average cafe mocha and a fabulous, smooth beverage to be savored, is in the quality of the chocolate. Mocha powders, ground chocolate and ordinary milk chocolate chips will have you running back to Starbucks in no time. Ghirardelli Barista Dark Chocolate Chips are the answer for intense flavor and pure, velvety chocolate. These Ghirardelli chips will turn your not-so-great, made-at-home mocha into a gourmet café mocha. Even the Starbucks mocha powder leaves much to be desired next to the quality, rich chocolate flavor of Ghirardelli. You can't buy these Ghirardelli Barista Dark Chocolate Chips at a Ghirardelli retail or online store since they are only sold through Food Service companies. Have no fear, you can easily order the chocolate in a 10 pound box from www.foodservicedirect.com or www.Amazon.com.

The ingredients for a perfect cafe mocha
The ingredients for a perfect cafe mocha | Source
Pour the steamed milk mixed with chocolate into the espresso
Pour the steamed milk mixed with chocolate into the espresso | Source

Cafe Mocha Ingredients

  • 6 oz. milk, 2% or your choice
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips, Ghiradelli Barista Dark Chocolate Chips
  • two capsules Nespresso Ristretto, or your favorite espresso
  • whipped cream, if desired
  • chocolate shavings, if desired

Recipe for a Nespresso Cafe Mocha

  1. Pour the milk into the steamer along with two tablespoons of the Ghiradelli Barista Dark Chocolate Chips. (Two percent milk works well and has fewer calories than while milk). The chocolate chips completely melt and easily mix into the milk in the steamer.
  2. While the milk and gourmet chocolate are steaming and mixing, run two Nespresso Ristretto capsules, one at a time, through your Nespresso machine.
  3. When the steamer light turns off, add the steamed chocolate concoction to your espresso and enjoy and a delicious mocha!

Shipping Ghirardelli Chocolate

Once you start making these cafe mochas at home with Ghirardelli chocolate you will quickly appreciate the intense dark chocolate flavor. It is difficult to replicate this flavor with other brands, syrups or powders of chocolate. So, word to the wise--do not let your chocolate run out, especially in the summer months. The chocolate is not shipped with dry ice and it will melt. Unless you want your chocolate mini chips to arrive in a 10 pound chocolate block, it is a good idea to plan ahead. The average use for a 10 pound box of Ghirardelli Barista Dark Chocolate Chips is about four months if you are making one mocha a day, using two tablespoons.

Starbuck's Verisimo vs. Nespresso

Recently Starbucks made an entry into the single serving coffee business with its Verismo espresso machine. Similar in concept to the Nespresso, the Verismo uses pods, one powdered milk pod and one espresso pod, plus one tablespoon of Starbuck's mochas sauce to make a café mocha. There are two main differences between the Verismo and the Nespresso mocha.

Taste. The Verismo mocha uses a powdered milk pod which has more of an artificial flavor than fresh steamed milk.

Cost. Nespresso machines start at $129. You can buy the pods online for about 60 cents each. Starbucks Verismo machine starts at $200 and each pod costs one dollar. That is a significant cost difference. Since a tall café mocha costs $3.20 at most Starbucks, you aren't saving that much money by making the mocha at home with a Verismo. Like the Nespresso, the benefit is the time and convenience factor.


Good Ingredients Equal Good Mocha

Using the best ingredients, including intense espresso, fresh steamed milk and gourmet chocolate is the key to a good mocha made at home. Start your morning off right and reward yourself with a truly delectable café mocha.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        5 months ago from Raleigh, NC

        Hi Karen! My experience with Ghiradelli syrup is that it is not the same flavor or quality chocolate as the dark barista chips. I do not recommend it. For a skinny version, I use fat free milk and it still tastes great!

      • profile image

        Karen s 

        5 months ago

        Can you use Ghirardelli syrup. What about

        a skinny version.?

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        3 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @Taranwanderer, anything with Ghiradelli is pretty good:). Give it a try! Thanks for stopping by.

      • Taranwanderer profile image

        Taranwanderer 

        3 years ago

        Wow - what a comprehensive hub about coffee lol. I'm a simple man when it comes to my caffeine products, but perhaps it's worth expanding a bit and seeing what the fuss is all about. I like Ghirardelli, so maybe there's a chocolate/coffee combination to be had...

        Great hub - voted up!

      • profile image

        Carrie 

        5 years ago

        I have been looking for a good mocha recipe to make my own at home. I will try the Ghiradelli chocolate chips. I have also found the powders to not be very good. Thanks for the good info.

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        Hi Andy. I am glad you found this hub useful. For ordering Giradelli barista chips, try Amazon.com. You won't qualify for the Amazon Super Saver Shipping, but they do ship to Europe. Good luck!

      • profile image

        Andy 

        5 years ago

        Hi!

        Wonderful guide!

        Could you point me in the direction of a site where us Europeans can order Ghirardelli Chips?

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        Mark, what a wonderful Valentine's Day present! I bet your wife will love it! Wrap it up with a big red heart.

      • profile image

        Mark 

        5 years ago

        I think I am going to buy my wife a Nepresso machine for Valentine's Day, so this recipe will help. Thanks.

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @Sandy--I have found Nespresso to have excellent service as well. Hope you enjoy the mocha recipe!

        @ Brittany- for mocha, I use the mixer, but if you are looking for a "frothier" result, use the whisk option. Its stored in the base of my Aeroccino. Good luck!

      • profile image

        Brittany 

        5 years ago

        Which device do you use in the Aeroccino--the whisk or the mixer? I'm having trouble determining the functions of the two.

      • profile image

        Sandy 

        5 years ago

        I will give this recipe a try. It sounds simple. I have an Nespresso with steamer and its been a great investment. The steamer stopped working, but Nespresso replacedit quickly at no charge. Looking forward to using the Ghiradelli chocolate.

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        Thanks GoodLady! Give a Cafe Mocha a try, come on....you only live once. Go for the good stuff!

      • GoodLady profile image

        Penelope Hart 

        6 years ago from Rome, Italy

        This is too much. I'm a chocolate worshiper but have stayed away from mocha with chocolate till now. Get AWAY from me. (I live in Italy and the option to have chocolate on cappuccino is now normal! but I doubt the chocolate they use is Ghirardelli....even here...oh mmmm)

        Seriously though, well done! It's tempting and a great Hub.

      • profile image

        Brent 

        6 years ago

        Just got it home from Sur la Table and my wife has already enjoyed a great latte. The chocolate is on the way. Can't wait to make my 1st mocha.

        This machine is smaller than the old Keurig we had and makes great espresso. Very easy cleanup and what a neat design for just taking the milk container out and putting it in the fridge. Thanks again for the idea!

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        Hi Brent, wow!! You are ordering the Mercedes of gourmet coffee makers--I am jealous! Sorry, I cannot give you any advice for making caramel macchiatos. I am not a true barista, just a cafe mocha fanatic. I bet you can google a good recipes for macchiatos. You can even try the Nespresso site to see if they have any suggestions. Good luck!

      • profile image

        Brent 

        6 years ago

        Im ordering the DeLonghi Lattissima Plus and the Ghirardeli chocolate.

        Any suggestions on making a caramel macchiato? That's my wife's fav.

        :)

      • profile image

        Brent 

        6 years ago

        Awesome! Thanks so much. I was getting really tired of the Starbucks drive thru and not having anything at home.

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        Hi Brent, I am not familiar with the DeLonghi Lattissima Plus-- I think that is a later model Nepresso model than mine as mine is two years old. I can tell you that my Nespresso steamer absolutely gets the milk warm enough to melt the chocolate. If the reviews are good on the DeLongho Lattissima Plus, go for it. If you buy quality chocolate, a good steamer will definitely melt the chocolate with the milk. You will love this mocha and crave it everyday--it has such great flavor! Enjoy!

        PS - one more tip--preheat your coffee by running one shot of just hot water through the Nespresso before you put your capsule in. This cleans the system and heats your coffee mug. Then dump out the hot water in your mug and start making your mocha.

      • profile image

        Brent 

        6 years ago

        Thanks for this idea. I want to make sure I buy a Nespresso model that will get the milk and chocolate warm enough to melt (read some reviews that models just got he milk warm). I was looking at the DeLonghi Lattissima Plus. Do you think that one will do it?

        I'm so excited, I love a great mocha!

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        Hi Kate, I have tried the Nestle mini chips and found they did not melt as well as the Ghiradelli Barsita Dark Chocolate chips. I do not recommend the baking chips as they have a different sugar content and will altar the flavor--unless you want to add your own sugar to the hot chocolate.

      • profile image

        Kate 

        6 years ago

        Great! Do nestle chocolate chips work too? They're a lot easier to find. Is it okay to use baking chips instead of the original?

      • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

        LauraGSpeaks 

        6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        Hi Kate. Yes, you can use a milk steamer to make hot chocolate. It works much better than using the microwave because it heats the milk evenly. The steamer is also easier than using a saucepan on the stove and much quicker. Make sure to use good, quality chocolate for the best results. Enjoy!

      • profile image

        Kate 

        6 years ago

        Hey, can you use the steamer to make hot chocolates?

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, delishably.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://delishably.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)