Chocolate coffee

Chocolate coffee

10 min
Enter a world where coffee's comforting warmth meets the rich indulgence of dark chocolate. Our chocolate coffee recipe blends smooth 70% dark chocolate with aromatic espresso, creating a symphony of bittersweet and full-bodied flavours. Topped with creamy frothed milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon, this beverage is a simple yet luxurious treat. Perfect for a quiet moment to yourself or as a shared pleasure with someone special.


  • Place the chocolate pieces in the bottom of a glass or mug. Pour over the hot coffee and stir until the chocolate melts.
  • Warm the milk in a saucepan and whisk until foamy. When ready, pour over the coffee, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

Chocolate coffee FAQs

Keep reading below to find out about the most frequently asked questions about chocolate coffee!

How can I make my chocolate coffee stronger or sweeter?
To boost the coffee flavour, brew the espresso with more coffee grounds than you usually would. If you like it sweeter, add sugar or choose a chocolate that has less than 70% cocoa, like milk or white chocolate. You can also try different sugars, such as light or dark brown varieties for a hint of molasses flavour.
Is it possible to make this chocolate coffee without caffeine?
Definitely! Simply use decaf espresso instead of regular. Coffee substitutes like roasted chicory or barley-based coffee are also great options but be prepared for a slight change in flavour profile: roasted chicory will add a distinct earthy and slightly bitter flavour while barley-based coffee brings a milder, toastier undertone.
What are some variations of this recipe?
Our chocolate coffee recipe welcomes creativity. For an extra cozy drink with a gentle kick, stir in a small pinch of cayenne pepper. Top it off with mini marshmallows for an extra indulgent treat. If you're in the mood for something cold, chill the mixture and pour it over ice or blend it with ice for a cool, frothy version that's sure to impress.
How do I achieve a creamy and aerated milk texture?
Whisking, frothing or blending the milk with energy is the secret to a creamy, airy foam. The more air you add during this step, the smoother and more velvety your chocolate coffee will be. Temperature is key to keep the flavour and texture just right: heat the milk until it's simmering, but not boiling (between 55-65 °C). Milk frothers or immersion blenders are also great options for achieving an even richer foam, especially if you’re short on time.
Can I use different types of milk in this chocolate coffee recipe?
Absolutely. Our recipe uses whole milk but alternatives like oat, coconut or almond drink will also blend seamlessly with this recipe. If you're after a richer chocolate flavour, try using chocolate milk for an indulgent twist – or give our coffee with chocolate milk recipe a try!


Dark chocolate (ideally 70% cocoa)
Espresso coffee
100 ml
100 ml
Ground cinnamon
1 pinch

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Chocolate varieties

Our version offers a luxurious mix of dark chocolate and espresso, but several varieties can be used in this recipe, each bringing its own unique characteristics. Milk chocolate, with its creamy texture and sweeter profile, provides a softer and more mellow taste, complementing the cinnamon's warmth. White chocolate – while technically not a true chocolate because it doesn't contain cocoa solids – offers a sweet and creamy base that can add a velvety texture to your coffee. You can also experiment with flavoured chocolates, like orange-infused or mint, to add a unique twist.

Spice it up

Beyond cinnamon, you can experiment with a variety of other spices. Nutmeg adds a subtle, earthy note that complements the chocolate's richness. A touch of ground cloves can bring an aromatic intensity, while a hint of cardamom provides a fragrant and slightly citrusy twist. For those who enjoy a touch of heat, a dash of chili powder or cayenne pepper can give your coffee a spicy kick.

Chocolate melting tricks

Melting chocolate in hot espresso requires a careful approach. To prevent the chocolate from hardening or clumping, watch the temperature of your espresso: it should be warm enough to melt the chocolate but not boiling. For the best melting experience, chop the chocolate into small pieces before adding it to your cup. This helps it melt quickly and evenly. Stir patiently to melt the chocolate without creating air bubbles, which could change the texture of your chocolate coffee.

Try these sophisticated presentation ideas

Start by choosing elegant glassware, such as a clear latte glass or a double-walled coffee cup, to showcase the rich colour and inviting froth. For an eye-catching garnish, top the coffee with a swirl of whipped cream, then sprinkle a dash of chocolate shavings for a decorative touch. You could even add a cinnamon stick as a stirrer, which serves both as a visual accent and an aromatic enhancement. Accompany the drink with delicate pastries like French macarons, almond biscotti or mini éclairs for a refined pairing.