If you love coffee and chocolate, you must try this Marocchino recipe!
It's a delicious Italian coffee with layers of espresso, frothy milk, and a touch of chocolate sweetness in every sip!
After drinking many Marocchino's in Italy and seeing it made first hand, it soon became one of my favorite coffees. It has a resemblance to a Mocha coffee but better!
A Marocchino coffee has 3 key flavors that work in harmony together... coffee, frothy milk and chocolate. You don't need to be a barista or coffee connoisseur to make this tasty Italian coffee as its really easy to make at home. I must say, different regions, coffee shops and baristas in Italy make it slightly different but with the same concept.
It's important to serve a Marocchino in a small glass cup so you can see all the delicious layers and creamy consistencies. Starting with a small layer of cocoa powder or hot chocolate at the bottom of the glass, followed by an espresso coffee shot which is then topped with frothed milk. It's then finished with a dusting of cocoa powder on top...YUM!
These days however, it's commonly made with chocolate spread such as Nutella, which is spread against the inside of the serving glass to start. It's absolutely delicious this way, and is the method I have shared it within this recipe. Trust me when I say, it's a coffee beverage that get's better with every sip!
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Why you'll love this recipe
- Feels Like Italy. Sip on this coffee drink and imagine you're in a cute Italian café. It's a taste of Italy right at home
- Easy to Make. It looks like a fancy drink that's actually super easy to make. Great for a little treat or showing off your barista skills to friends and family
- Delicious. It's the perfect mix of coffee, foamy milk, and a hint of chocolate all together in one cup...YUM!
- Make it Your Way. You can change how much chocolate or milk you use to make it taste exactly how you like
Ingredients to make Marocchino Coffee
- Espresso is the heart of the Marocchino, it provides the robust base that complements the chocolate. A Ristretto is sometimes used which is a strong espresso drink however you can substitute with strong brewed coffee or even instant coffee
- Chocolate, there are several types of chocolate that can be used. This ranges from hot chocolate to cocoa powder. However typically, Italians use a hazelnut chocolate spread such as Nutella or other brands. Melted chocolate can also be used as a substitute
- Cocoa powder is dusted on top to finish the coffee to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate spread so each sip has depth. Raw cacao powder can also be used which is more bitter
- Milk that is frothed adds a creamy delicious layer to the Marocchino. It's traditinally made with whole milk, but you can substitute with almond or oat milk for a dairy-free version like I have done in this recipe
How to make Marocchino Coffee
Making a Marocchino coffee at home is easier than you think. Here are my simple steps to make this delicious cup of coffee.
- Take a spoonful of chocolate spread and spread it along the inner surface of the glass espresso cup using the back of the spoon
- Add a single espresso shot into the glass
- Pour the frothed foamy milk over the espresso
- Dust cacao powder on top for a final touch
Tips and Tricks
- Use a clear small glass or espresso cup. An authentic Marocchino must show its beautiful layers and intense flavors inside
- Use a good quality espresso shot for the best and authentic flavor. However strong brewed coffee or even instant coffee can also be used
- Froth the milk until it reaches a silky consistency. You want it to be foamy and creamy
- No need to add sugar as the sweetness from the chocolate spread will be enough, however you can customize your sweetness and add sugar according to your taste preference
The Caffè Marocchino was created in Alessandria in Northern Italy. This is located in the the Piedmont region where Turin is the largest city. It's a coffee drink made in a glass cup with layers of chocolate, espresso and hot foamed milk. The name "Marocchino" actually translates to Moroccan in Italian, but this doesn't have anything to do with the drink
While espresso will provide the authentic flavor profile, strong brewed coffee or even instant coffee can be used as a substitute
While both include chocolate and coffee, Marocchino focuses on layered presentation with distinct espresso, chocolate, and frothy milk layers
More Italian Recipes
- No Knead Focaccia
- Pasta e Fagioli
- Italian Pizza
- Spinach Lasagna
- Mushroom and Pea Risotto
- Broccoli Pasta
- Tiramisu Cups
- Italian Zucchini Fritters
- Sugo Recipe (Homemade Tomato Sauce)
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Marocchino Coffee (Authentic Italian Recipe)
- 1 heaped teaspoon chocolate spread or chocolate hazelnut spread
- 1 espresso coffee shot
- ⅓ cup milk of choice
- Cocoa or cacao powder
- Take a spoonful of the chocolate spread and spread it along the inner surface of the glass using the back of the spoon (Make sure to use a clear small glass for an authentic Marocchino look)
- Add the shot of espresso coffee into the glass
- Heat the milk either over the stovetop or in the microwave in a small pitcherFroth the milk with a milk frother and pour over the espresso with a foamy layer on the top
- Dust with cacao powder using a fine mesh sieve for the final touch and enjoy your Marocchino Coffee!