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Mocha Vs Latte

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Erica Cervenkova

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Mocha vs Latte


A perfectly brewed cup of espresso hits differently.

However, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. 

Luckily, there are many espresso milk combo drinks, when you want something sweet and mild.

However, espresso milk combo drinks are too many and the differences are very subtle. 

This post compares one of the world’s most popular espresso drinks, the latte, and the sweetest espresso drink, the mocha.

Without further ado, let’s start with the milkiest espresso-based drink, the latte. 

What is a latte


Caffè latte or simply latte is one of the two most ordered coffee drinks in the US and the UK. This drink originated from Italy back in the 17th century and is made with espresso and steamed milk

Compared with the other espresso-based drinks, the latte is prepared with the most milk.

Latte is commonly served in an 8 oz to 15 oz latte glass or cup. 

How to make caffe latte 

The standard recipe for a latte is 1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk, and a thin layer of microfoam. 

Start by brewing one or two shots of espresso using freshly ground coffee. The next thing is to steam 8 to 15 ounces of whole milk. 

Finally, pour the espresso into a latte glass and add the milk.

The thin microfoam on top lets baristas create elaborate latte arts and also gives the drink a unique flavor and texture

Lattes are normally served with different flavors and toppings that differ from one coffee shop to another. 

As you can latte has more milk than espresso, which gives it a milky taste. If you don’t love a strong espresso taste, a latte makes a great alternative. 

What is a Mocha

Also known as caffè mocha, mocaccino, mochaccino, and mochachino, mocha is an espresso drink that is quite different from the other espresso-based drinks.

Why? You may ask.

While most espresso drinks are made with espresso and milk, mocha is made with espresso, milk, and chocolate. 

And as you know, coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven. 

Who is it for?

Mocha is a perfect drink for coffee lovers who also love chocolate. A cup of mocha supplies a combo of minerals and flavor profiles from espresso and chocolate. 

There are two ways of describing mocha.

  • Caffe latte with chocolate
  • Hot chocolate with shots of espresso

Fun Fact.

If you love black coffee and dark chocolate, it’s in your genes. 

Mocha is named after Mocha city, one of the ancient coffee marketplaces in Yemen. 


There is a difference between mocha coffee and cafe mocha. This article is about cafe mocha

Mocha coffee refers to coffee beans that come from Yemen and caffè mocha is not necessarily made with mocha coffee beans.

Caffe Mocha Recipe

  • One or two shots of espresso
  • Steam milk
  • Chocolate syrup or chocolate

Caffe mocha is made with one or two shots of espresso, chocolate syrup, and steamed milk added in that order. 

Instead of chocolate syrup, some recipes use either dark, white, or milk chocolate. Milk foam is sometimes replaced with whipped cream. Mocha is typically topped with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sugar for flavors and decoration.

Latte vs Mocha: Comparison Table

OriginItaly/United StatesItaly/United States
PopularityPopular among people who love coffee and chocolate Most popular coffee drink in the US and UK
Ingredients 1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk, and chocolate1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk, and a thin layer of microfoam 
Amount of espresso 1-2 shots1-2 shots of espresso 
Amount of milk6-8 oz milk8-15 ounces of steamed milk
Foam No1cm foam
Ground coffee used in making espresso 7 or 14g7 or 14g
Serving 200ml – 250ml glass 170-200ml glass
Taste Chocolatey coffeeSweet milky taste
Popular FlavorsBlack-and-white mochaMarble mocha, tan mochaTuxedo mochaZebra mochaMocha macchiatoMocha latteVanilla LatteHazelnut LatteCaramel LatteCinnamon LatteMocha LattesAlmond joyPumpkin Spice LatteGingerbread latte
Serving TemperatureHot Hot
Best time Mid-morningBefore 11 am


While both latte and mocha contain espresso and steamed milk, mocha contains chocolate that makes it sweeter. The chocolate is either syrup, dark, white, or milk chocolate. 

The choice between latte and mocha is pretty easy to make. If you love chocolate then you should try mocha. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Latte vs Mocha

Which is stronger, latte or mocha?

While they are both made with 1 to 2 shots of espresso, mocha is stronger than a latte. Because of the additional chocolate, mocha has more caffeine. Also, chocolate contains the stimulant theobromine, which is why mocha has a stronger kick and a long-lasting effect. 

Which is the sweeter latte or mocha?

In terms of sweetness, mocha is sweeter than latte thanks to the chocolate. Mocha is made with either milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate. It can also be made with cocoa and sugar.

Does mocha have more caffeine than a latte?

Yes, especially if it’s made using white or dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains about 12 mg of caffeine per ounce, while milk chocolate contains 9 mg of caffeine per 1.55 ounces. White chocolate doesn’t contain caffeine.

Is a mocha a chocolate latte?

Technically, yes. Mocha is in other words a latte with chocolate. This makes mocha a great drink for those with a sweet tooth for chocolate.

Erica Cervenkova
Coffee Connoisseur, SCA Member

As a coffee connoisseur and member of the Specialty Coffee Association, I am dedicated to understanding the sustainability of coffee pods and the impact it has on the environment. My expertise lies in the realm of capsule coffee machines, from the likes of Keurig and Nespresso to other well-known US brands. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping others make informed decisions about their coffee choices. Whether you're a coffee enthusiast or just looking for a new way to enjoy your morning cup, I'm here to help.


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