Starbucks Mocha Copycat

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A classic, a mocha is espresso, chocolate drink and milk in one tasty drink. See how easy it is to make this coffee drink at home, the same way Starbucks does.

Starbucks Mocha copycat recipe latte in a clear mug, topped with whipped cream.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Caffè Mocha is a hot drink made with espresso, steamed milk, chocolate sauce, and it’s topped with whipped cream.
  • A mocha is espresso, chocolate sauce, and milk combined. A mocha can only be called a mocha if it’s made with espresso. If it’s made with regular brewed coffee, it’s not a mocha.
  • Use a Nespresso or an espresso machine to make espresso for this recipe.
  • Store-bought or homemade chocolate syrup can be used to make this drink.
  • This recipe recreates a grande size (16 ounces) Starbucks Mocha.

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Mocha at Starbucks

The mocha (officially called Caffè Mocha) is one of the most popular drinks at Starbucks since it was first served in 1987.

The mocha at Starbucks is made with their signature espresso, 2% milk, mocha sauce (what Starbucks calls their chocolate sauce), and whipped cream.

To make things a little confusing, Starbucks has a mocha sauce, which is their chocolate sauce, which doesn’t have any espresso or coffee in it.

Caffè Mocha is available in 4 sizes: short, tall, grande, and venti.

A common customization is adding white mocha sauce to make the drink sweeter since mocha sauce is bittersweet.

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Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Mocha Copycat recipe ingredients in measuring cups and prep bowls on a table.
  • Espresso
    A mocha must be made with espresso. Use a Nespresso or an espresso machine.
  • Chocolate syrup/sauce
    Use store-bought or homemade chocolate syrup.
  • 2% Milk
    All mochas and lattes at Starbucks are made with 2% milk, but you can use any milk you like.
  • Heavy cream
    This is to make the whipped cream.
  • Vanilla syrup
    Starbucks sweetens and flavors their whipped cream with vanilla syrup. Use store-bought or homemade.
My Chocolate Sauce Pick

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My favorite store-bought chocolate sauce. It's delicious and made with real sugar.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

Starbucks Mocha Copycat recipe instructions in 4 steps.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    Use a handheld milk frother to make whipped cream in seconds. Whip until soft peaks form.
  2. Put chocolate syrup and espresso into a cup.
    Use 2 Nespresso espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.
  3. Add frothed milk.
    Frothed milk can be made using an electric milk frother or with the steam wand from an espresso machine. Another method is to simmer milk on the stovetop, pour it into a French press, then pump the filter a few times to create froth.
  4. Top drink with whipped cream.

Nespresso Machine notes

The easiest way to make espresso at home is with a Nespresso machine.

My Nespresso Pick

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This Nespresso model makes espresso and brewed coffee and costs around $200. Tip: Skip the Aeroccino and get a bigger milk frother.
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1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule

To make a 16 ounce (grande size at Starbucks) drink for this recipe, you’ll need 2 Nespresso espresso capsules. You can also use 2 ristretto capsules or 1 double espresso capsules.

Just a note that you should not use coffee capsules for the Vertuo machine which will make a cup of coffee instead of espresso.

You can use your favorite Nespresso pod but to get the drink to taste most like the one at Starbucks, use their capsules.

I recommend using the Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast pods which are more popular than the regular Espresso Roast.

Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast
Nespresso Vertuo capsules
Nespresso Original capsules

Starbucks Espresso Roast
Nespresso Vertuo capsules
Nespresso Original capsules

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To recreate Starbucks drinks at home, go for this popular blonde espresso.
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Expert Tips

  • Milk will increase in volume when frothed, so to get 1 ⅓ cups of frothed milk for this recipe, use 1 cup of cold milk.
  • Because it’s thick, chocolate syrup may sink to the bottom of the cup, so be sure to stir it well.
  • Instead of chocolate syrup, you can make a mocha the way it’s done at Dutch Bros by using chocolate milk. Steam chocolate milk and combine it with the espresso.
  • If you don’t have a way to make espresso, use instant coffee. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and 1/4 cup hot water to replace the espresso in the recipe.
  • Vanilla syrup can be purchased at Starbucks by asking the barista if they have any extra in stock. It should cost around $14. They’ll only sell you the vanilla syrup if they have extras to sell.

Questions You May Have

What’s in a Starbucks Mocha?

A grande size Caffè Mocha has 2 shots of espresso, 2% milk, 4 pumps of mocha sauce. It’s then topped with vanilla-flavored whipped cream.

Is there caffeine in a mocha?

Yes. There’s caffeine in the espresso and a little bit in the chocolate syrup.

What is the difference between a latte and a mocha?

A latte is espresso and steamed milk and a mocha is espresso, chocolate, and steamed milk. Basically, mocha is a chocolate latte.

Starbucks Mocha Copycat finished drink in a clear mug and topped with whipped cream.

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Starbucks Mocha Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
Make your own mocha with chocolate, espresso, milk, and whipped cream at home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Mocha

  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 shots of espresso (2 Nespresso espresso capsules)
  • 1 ⅓ cups frothed 2% milk

Whipped Cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    Use a handheld milk frother to make whipped cream in seconds. Whip until soft peaks form.
  • Put espresso and chocolate syrup into a cup.
    Use 2 Nespresso espresso pods or pull 2 shots from an espresso machine.
  • Add frothed milk.
    Frothed milk can be made using an electric milk frother or with the steam wand from an espresso machine. Another method is to simmer milk on the stovetop, pour it into a French press, then pump the plunger a few times to create froth.
  • Top drink with whipped cream.

NOTES

  • Milk will increase in volume when frothed, so to get 1 ⅓ cups of frothed milk for this recipe, use 1 cup of cold milk.
  • Use store-bought or homemade chocolate syrup.
  • All mochas and lattes at Starbucks are made with 2% milk, but you can use any milk you like.
  • Starbucks sweetens and flavors their whipped cream with vanilla syrup. Use store-bought or homemade.
  • Vanilla syrup can be purchased at Starbucks by asking the barista if they have any extra in stock. It should cost around $14. They’ll only sell you the vanilla syrup if they have extras to sell.
  • Instead of chocolate syrup, you can make a mocha the way it’s done at Dutch Bros by using chocolate milk. Steam chocolate milk and combine it with the espresso.
  • If you don’t have a way to make espresso, use instant coffee. Combine 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and 1/4 cup hot water to replace the espresso in the recipe.

Using A Nespresso Machine

 
  • 1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule
  • To make a 16 ounce (grande) Starbucks drink, you’ll need 2 Nespresso espresso or ristretto capsules. You can also use 1 Vertuo double espresso.
  • With the Vertuo machine capsules, only use espresso capsules and not the coffee capsules that make 7.77 ounces.
  • Recommended Nespresso capsules to make Starbucks drinks at home:
    Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast
    Nespresso Vertuo capsules
    Nespresso Original capsules

NUTRITION

Calories: 471 | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
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