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I fell in love with mochas from the first taste. I mean how can you NOT like something with chocolate? But going out for mochas can get a bit expensive, and sometimes you want to enjoy something in the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas. A true mocha involves espresso and steamed milk. That requires dirtying two thing: the coffee maker to make the espresso and a pan to heat the milk. Since I don’t have a dedicated milk steamer, and I loathe doing dishes, I find this conventional method of mocha-making unacceptable. Here is what I do when the craving hits:
In your cup, mix 2 tbs hot cocoa mix with ¼ c whole milk until smooth. (Yes, use the whole milk, not the skim.) Because the milk is such a small proportion of the total cup, there’s no need to heat it.
Make a cup of coffee by whatever means you prefer. I use a french press to make coffee. If you’ve never used a french press, I highly recommend it. They’re about as expensive as a cheap coffee maker, but the quality of the brew is excellent. The only caveat is that you can’t use them to make espresso. Espresso is ground much finer than coffee, so the grounds would go through the filter in the french press. Definitely not tasty – unless you happen to like crunchy coffee.
Anyways, add the coffee to the hot cocoa and milk, stir, and enjoy.
Yum! I also nuke my milk instead of just steaming it. My mother would have a fit over that but she has a dedicated little pot that she uses to heat milk. She’s also oddly anti microwave for anything other than reheating left overs.
What mom doesn’t know won’t hurt her. 🙂
You can have espresso beans ground for french press (bodum). It’s my favourite coffee bean as it’s smooth tasting and even better in a french press then in an espresso machine.
Pour some hotchocalate powder into the french press with som milk. 🙂