Starbucks mocha (What It is, how to make, How to Order It at Starbucks + more information)

With Starbucks having a wide range of hot and warm coffee specialties, it can be a little challenging to make up your mind on which one to go for. This review however will answer one of your bugging questions, “what is Starbucks mocha?”.

Starbucks for the longest time has been known to satisfy our coffee thirst. It has redefined how you and me view coffee and influenced so many of us to be taking coffee away from home. Over time however, it can be so boring to take the ordinary dry coffee without any additive to the stimulant. I would not mind adding a little twist to my coffee and still get the same coffee effect. This is where the Starbucks mocha comes in.

Starbucks offers you a classically combined espresso, bittersweet mocha sauce and steamed milk for an exclusively sweet, satisfying coffee taste of their Starbucks Mocha. Making it even better, this is topped up with whipped cream and chocolate chips for an oddly satisfying warm coffee drink ready to consume at any time.

What does Starbucks Mocha taste like?

Owing to its satisfying combination of espresso, bittersweet mocha sauce and steamed milk, the Starbucks mocha leaves a long lasting sweet impression that will get any coffee lover going back for another glass. With a mix of chocolate and coffee, it has a unique blend of both tastes. Not too strong yet not too light. It tastes more milk chocolaty, than bittersweet, which gives it a unique touch compared to the ordinary dry coffee. The mocha sauce gives it a blend of chocolate and coffee tastes. The chocolate makes it sweet, but with roasty qualities of coffee too.

Starbucks caffè mocha caffeine and calories

How to Order It at Starbucks

The Starbucks Caffe Mocha has 370 calories and 2 shots of their signature espresso. You will get a good amount of caffeine at 175mg, enough to get you stimulated and increase your concentration span from just one of this drink’s cups.

This is when served in their 16 fl oz glass (grande). From the 370 calories, 140 is constituted by Fat, which is 15 grams in the warm drink, out of which 10g is saturated fat.

Nutritionally, 2,000 calories are advised in a day, making this drink even a healthier option.

What is the Starbucks Caffe mocha made of (ingredients)?

As earlier indicated, the Starbucks caffe mocha contains pumps of the Mocha sauce, milk, whipped cream and a sweetener of your choice.

The mocha sauce comes in 4 pumps for the 16fl oz glass.

The milk in this beverage comes in 2% and milk form, which is steamed hot.

A standard Starbucks caffè mocha comes with toppings as whipped cream and sweeteners which you have the freedom to choose from a wide range of the available ones. Below a full detailed list of the ingredients.

Ingredient Quantities

Saturated fat

Trans fat

Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 150mg
Total Carbohydrate:


Dietary Fiber

Protein 14g
Caffeine 175mg

How to Make Caffe mocha

If you ever have the urge to have the best caffe mocha at home, this process should be very helpful. In its preparation, besides the process and the time it takes, so much goes into the selection of the ingredients to use. Note that in selecting the ingredients, the following considerations will be helpful;

Only use fresh coffee.

Ensure you use fresh coffee for your caffe mocha. Bearing in mind that coffee has a shelf life of only two weeks, select freshly roasted beans to avoid a stale, burnt flavour for your caffe mocha.

Only use the highest quality of each ingredient

The fact that you choose to make a caffe mocha at home means you only have an eye for the good stuff. In selecting your ingredients, ensure you choose the highest quality of every ingredient to use in this process. Choose the best chocolate to use. This depends entirely on your preferred chocolate tastes and brands that you trust.

Choose the best taste for your coffee’s preference

Depending on your preference, choose your best tasting coffee for your mocha. This gives it a customized taste and touch.

After carefully selecting your ingredients, it’s time to begin the preparation process. This process should take you approximately 10 minutes divided equally between the Preparation time and Cook time.

Note that in this preparation, you can work with any amount of milk, provided you keep it approximately two parts milk to one part chocolate.


Step 1: Using your preferred brewing method, make 8 ounces of coffee.

Step 2: Mix 1\4 cup of chocolate shavings / cocoa with 1/2 cup of cream or milk.

Step 3: Heat the Chocolate and milk mixture slowly using either a double broiler or a microwave. If using a microwave to melt it, heat the mixture at intervals of 30 seconds, stirring until it is creamy and fully combined.

Step 4: Now it’s time to add the warm creamy, chocolate and milk mixture to your coffee.

Use your best Mug and take your desired position doing that hobby you can’t live without and take a heavenly trip right from your lips.

How to order a mocha at Starbucks

How to order a mocha at Starbucks

Having made up your mind on the mocha, it is not so much of a hustle to order from Starbucks.

Choose a size.

First you will need to choose a size. The tall glass is equated to 12oz, a grande is 16oz and a venti is 20oz.

Order your drink.

Not so much goes into ordering your mocha from Starbucks. In placing your order, you need to be very specific. You will start with the size of the drink, the temperature (which by default in this case is cold), then the name of the drink and any alterations or customization that you may need. For instance, your order may be something like; “a grande caffe mocha, with extra milk foam”. Note that these orders could be made in person (drive-thru) at their store or even on their Starbucks App.

FAQ Section

Is mocha stronger than regular coffee?

Whereas a mocha has steamed milk and chocolate added to its combination, making it sweeter than regular coffee, it has more caffeine that regular coffee, making it stronger. A grande contains 175mg caffeine, compared to the 150mg from the same glass size of regular coffee. This difference in caffeine content is attributed to the amount of milk used in each serving. A mocha doubles the milk to its Espresso ratio used while your regular coffee will use a ratio of 1:3 in milk content. This concludes that a mocha has a higher amount of espresso per volume, thus more caffeine.

Is macchiato the same thing as a mocha?

No, they are not. Macchiatos are different in flavour, variety and preparation process. In flavors, macchiatos have a stronger espresso flavor, added to the creaminess from the milk used. Mocha has the flavors of chocolate mixed together with coffee, making it a bit sweeter than Macchiatos. As for preparation, macchiatos use steamed milk and foam. It uses the small amounts of milk and has foam. Whereas in the macchiatos, the milk is just to ensure there are layers when espresso is added, in mocha, the milk is to highlight the Espresso and Chocolate.

Can you make mocha with a Nespresso or a Keurig?

Yes, you can. The processes may differ from the Starbucks mocha but the Nespresso or the Keurig machine equally do the mocha magic.

  1. You will first need to pour your milk into the steamer along with two tablespoons of your chocolate.
  2. As your milk and chocolate are melting and mixing, drop two “Nespresso Ristretto” capsules through the Nespresso machine, one at a time.
  3. Immediately the steamer light turns off, pour the steamed chocolate and milk concoction to your espresso and you have your Mocha.


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