What is Mocha?
Not Marrakesh, It’s Mochatouch
We are Mochatouch! There were times when we were called Marrakesh or even Marathon… We figured if we can’t make our name clear, we can’t make ourselves clear at all and thought to combine the story of our name with the flavor of Mocha.
As Mochatouch team, we are six and a half nutties who work in a penthouse apartment—the half being our Ata who is only in kindergarten. Don’t think about a dark room when you hear the penthouse apartment. We have worked, grown, made our agency grow and renewed our penthouse. We now work in a cool atmosphere that can compete with third wave coffee shops—we have Tumblr lights, amazing coffee cups, and even gourmet coffee!
Just keep reading our post to learn about the story of Mocha, our inspiration when we were looking for a name for our agency, and be the barista of parties so that you can boost your charisma to the top.
From Al-Makha to Mocha
Mocha Java, the oldest coffee blend in the world has perfectly completed the clean and bright smoothness of Java coffee, one of the most popular Indonesian coffees, with Yemen beans’ potency and wild aroma.
Where does the name Mocha originate?
If we take a quick stroll into the history of coffee, the first stop would take us to Ethiopia since it’s the “birthplace” of coffee. “Wild” flavor Mocha-Java blend has been discovered after a coffee bean which had come from Yemen, Al-Makha and Indonesian coffee bean Java Arabica had complemented each other. This new coffee blend was well liked by the Europeans because these exotic beans had a chocolate flavor.
The name of mocha coffee comes from the primary port of coffee export in Arabia, a city located in the southwest of Yemen. This name had transformed into different words such as “Mocha” and “Moka” in various European languages.
How is Mocha Made?
Contrary to common belief, Mocha is not a drink with chocolate powder and cream. Some coffee chains and coffee shops serve us this drink which contains chocolate powder flavor and some coffee and call it Mocha. We can positively tell you that this mix has nothing to do with traditional Mocha.
We are not going to deny the fact that chocolate and coffee are a great pair. So if you like to learn about some recipes which appeal to both gourmet coffee drinkers and people with a sweet tooth, just keep reading.
Whenever you like to indulge yourself and your loved ones, you can transform into a barista and try Mochatouch’s traditional Mocha recipe by using ingredients you already have at your home.
Supplies and Ingredients:
- Mocha pot
- French press
- 3 dessert spoon ground Espresso Coffee (14-16 gr. for 2 cups)
- 250 ml milk
- 2 pump chocolate syrup
- Whipped cream (optional)
- We place the espresso in the upper part of Mocha pot and brew it overheat as instructed.
- While our Espresso is being brewed, we froth the milk. How? Let us give you a secret that will work like a charm wherever you are in. You can froth it up and create wonderful coffee by pouring the milk into a french press and moving its filter up and down. The faster you do this, the more frothy it becomes.
- When espresso is ready, we add two shots of espresso and two pumps of chocolate syrup into our cup.
- We add the milk foam into this coffee mix that is sure to smell incredible and leave a two inch wide empty space in the upper part of the cup so that we can decorate.
- If you like whipped cream you can spray some in your coffee—there isn’t any in the traditional recipe.
What is it?
People use aluminum moka pots in order to brew coffee easily at home in Europe, primarily in Italy and in South America.
It may be hard to believe but the story of Moka Pot has started when Alfonso Bialetti came back to his hometown Italy and established a shop that makes home tools, after ten years of working in France in the aluminum industry.
At the beginning of a dark period while Europe was entering the Second World War, there was an economic depression that affected Italy deeply. Italian people who were forced to cut back on their lives and pleasures have met with Moka Pot at a time like this. Thanks to Alfonso Bialetti’s invention, they had the chance to drink coffee at their own homes and save budget without going to coffee shop.
And who might be that iconic man with a mustache comic in the Bialetti brand Moka Pots which have the same design ever since? Nonother than Alfonso Bialetti of course.
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How to use
1-Boil some water—it’s ok if you’re lazy, cold water works just as well—fill the water until it reaches the small hole in the bottom of your Moka Pot.
2-Place approximately 2,5 tablespoon ground Espresso coffee or Turkish coffee beans that you had ground as fine as Turkish coffee into the filter basket.
3-Screw the top and bottom parts of the Moka Pot together carefully and put it over moderate heat to brew.
4.When the water in the bottom starts to boil it blends with coffee because of the pressure and gradually rises to the upper part. Your coffee is ready, bon appetit.
Brewing coffee in Moka Pot which looks like a tea kettle when looked from a distance and consists of two separate parts takes only five minutes but you can enjoy it for hours!
Hot Chocolate Mocha
As Cappuccino, it is prepared in a way that creates plenty of foam over it. Melted chocolate is added in and ice cream added on top. It’s served with biscuits and whipped cream.
White Chocolate Mocha
It is prepared with condensed milk and white chocolate syrup and served with cream and white chocolate chips.
What About The Production of Mocha Beans?
Did you know that coffee grows on trees?
Coffee is a tree species that belong to the Rubiaceae genus and it has over six thousand subspecies. Yemen Mocha bean is one of these. The necessary climate for coffee plant agriculture must have an ambient temperature of around 18 to 24 degrees and plenty of rain.
Even though rest of the world—especially Brazil—has passed Yemen in coffee production, the coffee beans that grew in Yemen still maintain their aroma and delicious flavor. Maybe this delicious flavor is the result of the fact that Yemeni farmers still work with 100% natural methods, even after all those centuries that had passed since the time of Al-Makha. The olive green arabica beans that produced by Yemeni farmers are grown and roasted with great care.
There is a saying about how serious Yemeni coffee producers are about coffee beans:
“You should take care your coffee beans in the same manner that you take care of your children.”
As Mochatouch, we view the dreams of our customers and every project we start working on as our children and care for them just the same.
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