October Coffee – Mochaccino
I am a Starbucks addict, which is unfortunate for my finances. I really miss Tim Hortons and the cheap but delicious coffee that they serve. I spend a disgusting amount of money on coffee every week, and my favourite drink to get is a mocha latte. Needless to say I was excited to see that the coffee on my calendar for this month was a mochaccino. It is pretty much the same thing as a mocha latte, but it involves milk foam. It’s just a mix between a mocha and a cappuccino; therefore, it is delicious.
It would be ridiculous for the recipes in this calendar to start making sense so late in the year, so I once again had to search online to find a proper recipe to follow in order to make this. The authors of this calendar are consistent if nothing else. They did, however manage to include one of my favourite facts ever so that makes up for the lack of understandable instructions. Here is the fact verbatim: “Voltaire, a great coffee afficionado who reportedly downed 50 to 70 cups daily, enjoyed mixing coffee and chocolate together in order to sustain his ‘immortal wit’.” I feel like that is excessive.
I did not use any one particular recipe. I just sort of got the general idea and made my own. It’s super easy, and you don’t really need much to make a mochaccino so hurry up and make one, now!
Mochaccino (2 servings)
2 cups strong French Roast coffee or espresso
2 cups milk
3 heaping Tbsp hot chocolate mix (most recipes used a combination of cocoa powder and sugar, but I have a delicious Ghirardelli double chocolate mix that I decided to try out)
Chocolate syrup for garnish
Brew the 2 cups of coffee and fill two mugs about 3/4 of the way; set aside. Combine milk and hot chocolate mix (or cocoa powder and sugar) in a small saucepan on the stove. Heat until it reaches the desired temperature.
Here’s where things get a little bit different from your usual recipe. I do not have a milk frother or any sort of gadget that can be used to create milk foam. I did a bit of research online and found this site
, which gives instructions for the poor man’s foam. All you need is a jar with a lid. Poor your chocolate milk mixture into the jar and seal it. Shake the jar as hard as you can until it has foamed up and doubled in size. Mine was not very successful because I put too much milk in the jar and it was not hot enough, but it created enough foam for the purposes of the drink. Hold the foam back with a spoon while you pour the milk into the mugs then spoon foam on top. I attempted to garnish with a little web of chocolate syrup, and it was only mildly successful. I will try again next time!