Tasty Cocoa Powder Coffee Recipe: Easy and Homemade

As a coffee lover, I get so excited when I get to experiment with new recipes and ideas for coffee. One of my more recent experiments is cocoa in coffee and boy, was I surprised.

I was kind of afraid that it might end up too bitter, but it wasn’t at all. The cocoa helped to give my morning coffee a great chocolate flavor, but without the sweetness that usually goes along with a caffè mocha because of the chocolate syrup. Which, I think is great.

I don’t have a very sweet tooth, especially when it comes to coffee. So, I’d have to admit that cocoa coffee is now higher on my list of favorite drinks than a normal mocha.

What Coffee to Use

To be honest, the only requirement here is that you have to use hot coffee. It’ll give you the best results. The reason for this is that cocoa in its powder form doesn’t blend well with cold coffee.

It is something about the natural oils in it that doesn’t mix with cold water or whatever.

For my experiment, I tested both coffee made in a moka pot and with an espresso machine. Both turned out pretty well and I can’t say that one is better than the other. It is really a matter of personal preference. I prefer espresso, but that’s just me.

My favorite coffee beans are Starbucks’ Pike Place Roast and really recommend that you try it out.

Pike Place coffee beans.

If you do not have an espresso machine and don’t want to use a Moka pot or AeroPress, another great option is instant coffee powder. I know that is not the most popular opinion, but there is instant coffee that comes quite close to the real thing. My favorites are Nescafé Gold Alta Rica and Nescafé Gold Instant Espresso.

Cold Cocoa Coffee

If you really want to mix it with cold coffee, the way to overcome this issue is by mixing the cocoa with hot water to dissolve it. Then you can mix this with your cold coffee such as cold brew coffee.

Cocoa or Cacao

Yep, there’s a difference. Basically cocoa is more processed than cacao. So, so usually, by nature it is a bit sweeter than cacao.

I usually have natural unsweetened cocoa powder at home, so I just stick to it. However, cacao powder will also do the trick.

How to Make Cocoa Coffee

There are a couple of ways to make cocoa coffee. However, the basic concept is the same.

  1. Pull a shot of espresso/brew the coffee
  2. Mix a teaspoon of cocoa powder with the coffee
  3. Froth some milk with a steam wand or milk frother
  4. Pour the frothed milk over the coffee and cocoa mix
  5. Top with a dusting of cocoa powder

Because other brewing methods are not as concentrated as espresso, you won’t use quite as much milk. When I make this coffee drink with espresso I use about one cup of milk. 

If you are using espresso, you don’t have to stick to a single shot. You can adjust the number of espresso shots to your taste.

French Press or Drip Coffee Maker

If your preferred method of coffee making is a French press or a drip coffee maker, you can either use the recipe above or mix the cocoa powder with your coffee grounds before brewing.

​Start by adding a teaspoon of cocoa for every tablespoon of coffee and adjust it from there.

Mixing the cocoa with the grounds when using an espresso machine or Moka pot doesn't work well. The cocoa prevents the water from going through the grounds.

Customising Cocoa Coffee

A great thing about coffee is that it basically is art. There are no rules. You can literally do what you want for your next caffeine fix and no one can stop you.

Here are some ideas of what you can do with your cocoa coffee.

Black Coffee

No one ever said that you have to drink this like a mocha latte. You can try to leave out the milk. If you used espresso maybe add some hot water for an Americano with a mocha flavor.

Americano in front of chocolate doughnut.

Whipped Cream

Another great way that you can customize this drink is to add whipped cream on top. You can either buy whipped cream or you can buy heavy cream and whip it yourself.

Dairy Alternatives

Instead of using cow’s milk, you can use some dairy alternatives such as soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. Maybe just look for the barista version of these. They have been made to froth well.

Final Thoughts: Cocoa Powder Coffee Recipe

For your next morning cup of coffee try this quick recipe that will add a chocolatey flavor to your day.

May you always have strong coffee. Until next time.

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