There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh coffee brewing in the morning.

Whether you prefer a latte, cappuccino, or plain old joe, chances are you’re looking for ways to make your favorite brew at home.

In this article, I’ll show you how to make a delicious mocha cappuccino using ingredients that are probably already in your pantry, and it only takes five minutes to prepare.

So pull up a chair, and let’s get started!

What is a mocha cappuccino?

A mocha cappuccino is a coffee drink that combines equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. It is sweetened with chocolate syrup and often topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Mocha cappuccino.

The name “mocha” comes from the fact that the coffee is flavored with chocolate syrup. Plus, you can top it with even more chocolate goodness if you prefer (more on this later).

It’s an easy way to get your chocolate and caffeine fix in just five minutes!

What does a mocha cappuccino taste like?

It has a rich chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. The coffee taste is not as strong as in a traditional cappuccino, but it’s still there. And the added froth makes it nice and creamy.

A mocha cappuccino is similar to a regular mocha but uses less milk and chocolate syrup instead of chocolate sauce for a more laid-back drinking experience.

If you prefer your coffee with a little more milk, I suggest checking out this mocha latte recipe which uses the same components but with different ratios:

Mocha latte, ready to drink.

Below, you’ll find the ingredients needed to get started making your own mocha cappuccino:

What ingredients are needed to make this recipe?

To make a mocha cappuccino at home, you’ll only need three main ingredients:

  • Whole milk is used for that creamy and well-rounded flavor profile.
  • Espresso coffee is the key to that perfectly balanced cappuccino. I’ll go in-depth about this topic further down.
  • Chocolate syrup will be the sweetener of this drink.

As you can see, this recipe requires just a few simple ingredients.

If you want to take it up a notch or want to use different ingredients than listed above, check out some of my favorites ways to customize it to your taste below:

How to customize a mocha cappuccino

There are endless ways to customize your mocha cappuccino. Here are some of my favorite ways:

  • Add whipped cream to give your cappuccino an even more decant flavor and sweetness.
  • Use chocolate shavings of cocoa powder as garnish. Just like a regular cappuccino, a hint of extra chocolate will make it even better.
  • You can try making it with decaf coffee. Decaf coffee doesn’t taste that different and will make for a great after-dinner treat!
  • Use different types of milk, such as oat milk and almond milk, for a completely different flavor and texture.
Cocoa powder in a small bowl.

What coffee tastes best in this mocha cappuccino?

The coffee that tastes the best in a mocha cappuccino is espresso. Specifically, a dark roast espresso with a strong flavor that will stand up to the chocolate and milk.

Unlike a regular cappuccino, I suggest using a dark roasted coffee bean for that intense flavor profile. This way, your drink will be nicely balanced.

Espresso shot with a nice crema on top.

There are a few ways to make espresso coffee at home, which I’ll cover below:

  • Use an espresso machine for that perfect espresso shot with crema.
  • You can use your Nespresso machine for easy brewing. Check out the best Nespresso pods for cappuccinos here.
  • Use a Moka pot for delicious and strong espresso-like coffee.
  • Or, use your AeroPress if you’re low on time and want a delicious espresso-like coffee.

Tip: Did you know you can also make espresso-like coffee with your French press? Check out this guide to learn more.

How do you choose the right coffee beans?

When choosing coffee beans for this recipe, you need to think about a few things, which I’ll cover below:

  • The first thing to consider is the origin of the beans. Different countries produce different types of coffee with unique flavors.
  • You also need to consider the roast level of the beans. Light roasts have a milder flavor, while dark roasts have a more intense flavor.
  • Finally, you need to think about your own taste preferences. Some people prefer light roasted coffee with a subtle flavor, while others prefer dark roasted coffee with a strong flavor.

For this particular recipe, I suggest using a dark roast, although a medium roast will do just fine as long as you like your coffee on the sweeter side.

Medium roasted and dark roasted coffee beans next to each other.
Medium roast on the left. Dark roast on the right

In this in-depth article, you can check out the best coffee beans for cappuccinos if you’re looking for some great recommendations.

How to make a mocha cappuccino

One of the simplest methods to make a mocha cappuccino has just three main steps. For the complete recipe, scroll down a bit further.

  1. Brew a shot of espresso.
  2. Froth some milk using a steam wand or an automatic milk frother.
  3. Pour the espresso into a mug, then add the chocolate syrup and your frothed milk.

As you can see, this recipe is quick to make and requires little effort. You can check out a quick recipe for homemade chocolate syrup below.

After that, I’ve listed the complete recipe so you can make this drink yourself!

How do you make chocolate syrup at home?

Chocolate syrup is one of the easiest syrups to make at home by just combining equal parts of cocoa powder, white granulated sugar, and cold tap water.

You can then add a tiny amount of vanilla extract to boost the flavor. Simply place it on the stove until the sugar has dissolved, let it cool, and transfer it to a container of choice:

Chocolate syrup, ready to use.

If you want to try this recipe, you can check it out here.

If you’d rather use store-bought chocolate syrup, I suggest tasting your cappuccino along the way to ensure it’s not overly sweet.

5-Minute Mocha Cappuccino

Mocha cappuccino, ready to drink.

This mocha cappuccino is the perfect way to start the day or as an after-dinner treat.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 oz (60 ml) of whole milk
  • One espresso shot
  • 1 tbsp (15 grams) of chocolate syrup


  1. Start by brewing your espresso coffee.
  2. Meanwhile, steam your milk and make sure there's a nice layer of foam as well.
  3. Add the chocolate syrup to a glass of choice.
  4. Pour the hot espresso coffee into the glass and optionally give it a quick stir.
  5. Slowy pour in the steamed milk and finish with milk foam.
  6. Optionally top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or cocoa powder.
  7. Enjoy it while it's hot!


If you like your cappuccino on the sweeter side, you can add some more chocolate syrup or choose one of the other options to make it perfect!

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 1.4gUnsaturated Fat: 0.6gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 5.2gFiber: 1.6gSugar: 8gProtein: 2.7g


Now that you know all there is to know about the mocha cappuccino, it’s time to get out there and start making your own.

This delicious drink is perfect for any coffee lover looking for something a little bit different.

Whether you make it at home or order one from your favorite cafe, be sure to enjoy every last sip of this rich and chocolatey beverage.

If you’d like to try out some more espresso-based recipes, you can have a look below at some of my favorites:

More espresso-based recipes

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