An espresso machine opens the door to so many different drinks. All your coffee shop classics can easily be replicated at home with an espresso machine. A coffee shop classic that everyone loves is a Mocaccino.
Chocolate and coffee both come from beans, albeit very different ones. However, one thing that’s undeniable is that they both go together incredibly well. Perhaps it’s because they both have bitter notes that complement each other or perhaps it’s because they each enhance the flavour of the other. A mocaccino or cafe mocha is the epitome of that flavour pairing.
I’ll admit that I’m not a coffee addict. Sure I love my filter coffee and I’ll pop into a Starbucks every now and then but enough to need an espresso machine? Definitely not; or so I thought! The Wonderchef Regalia 15 Bar Espresso Machine really changed my mind. Not only does it make the most spectacular espresso shots, but it’s also simple enough to set up and use. The Regalia is also surprisingly compact in size and pretty light. If you’re worried about counter space, you could easily store this away in your cupboard when you’re not using it. Whether you’re a coffee aficionado or a newbie, the Regalia definitely has you covered.
Despite not having the stomach for espressos, I’ve made such good use of my machine making fun drinks like mocaccinos, espresso martinis and classic cappuccinos that the Regalia 15 Bar Espresso Machine has now become an indispensable part of my kitchen. To learn more about the anatomy of an espresso shot and how to make one using the Regalia 15 Bar Machine check out The Perfect Cup of Espresso
Syrup vs Chocolate for a Mocaccino
While the mocaccino is usually made with chocolate syrup, we’re going to replace it with chocolate bars. This makes it so much easier and fun! All you have to do is grab a glass, break a few squares of chocolate into it and pour the hot espresso over it. Froth your milk, add it to your glass and you’re done! Since we’re going to use the hot espresso to melt the chocolate, I would highly recommend using good quality chocolate since it melts better. You could use either dark or milk chocolate but be aware that dark chocolate doesn’t melt as easily as milk chocolate. Ensure that the chocolate is at room temperature and you should be good to go!
Time: 10 minutes
- 20g Milk Chocolate (Room Temperature)
- 1/4 cup Hot Espresso
- 1/2 cup Hot Milk
- Roughly chop your chocolate and add it to a glass.
- Prepare a fresh cup of espresso and immediately add it to the chocolate. Allow it to sit for 20 seconds before stirring to mix well.
- Froth the milk and add to the glass.
- Mix well and enjoy!
Author: Sneha Sundar is the creator of You Dim Sum, You Lose Some; a philosophy she adopts both in and out of the kitchen.