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Are Mochas Considered Coffee?

Is Mocha Coffee?

When it comes to coffee, everyone has their own favorites. Almost every café and coffee shop cater to a variety of tastes with a large menu of lattes, espressos, mochas, and iced teas. With so many options, it can be confusing which drinks are considered coffee and which drinks are not.

As a rule of thumb, any drink made with coffee can be considered a coffee drink. Even one espresso shot can add a distinct coffee flavor. Some common coffee drinks include americanos, cappuccinos, cold brews, frappes, macchiatos, and of course, mochas.

Mochas are made from a combination of espresso, steamed milk and chocolate. The drink is named after mocha beans, a specific kind of arabica coffee bean. These beans have delicious compatibility with chocolate and give each cup a distinctly indulgent taste.

Although a mocha is made sweeter than other coffee drinks, the espresso is more than enough to stay awake and focused. Just like any other coffee drink, mochas utilize espresso shots to help create its unique flavor profile.

Iced Coffee & Mocha Drinks
Iced Coffee & Mocha Drinks

Is Coffee Considered Tea?

Other popular drinks including Italian sodas, hot chocolates, and smoothies have no caffeine and are different than coffee, but tea makes the lines blurry. Tea shares many of the same features as coffee. The two drinks are prepared by straining, and provide plenty of caffeine to help people stay focused.

The main difference in the two drinks is the plants they are derived from. Coffee beans come from Arabica and Robusta coffee plants, while tea is made from the Camellia sinensis. Many teas are not roasted, and the resulting flavor profiles are vastly different from one another.

For these reasons, tea is generally accepted as its own type of drink and are usually listed separately from coffee at cafés. For any additional questions regarding coffee, tea, and other drinks, do not hesitate to reach out to any of Dilettante’s Mocha Cafés.

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Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ryan has a fondness for the outdoors, music, and coffee. Some of his favorites are Dilettante's Chocolate-Covered Bing Cherries and L'Orange Truffles. Through his writing and content, he hopes to grow the Dilettante community.