Mocha Madness

This month, forget March Madness, we here at OG are declaring it the month of Mocha Madness! And we don’t have a lot of the month left — but of course it’s never too late to enjoy the delicious and luxurious experience that is a smooth, velvety cup of Gourmet Cafe Mocha.

Organo Gold Gourmet Cafe Mocha is a pitch-perfect blend of two the most beloved flavors in the world: coffee and chocolate. North America is known for many great things — not least among them is the brilliant idea to combine these two flavors. The beverage now known worldwide as a “mocha” is thought to have been a North American creation, a chocolate-laden variation of the cafe latte. Just like a latte, a cafe mocha, traditionally, is one third espresso topped with two thirds steamed milk. The chocolate portion is then added, usually in the form of cocoa powder, although some cafe proprietors use chocolate syrup for speed and simplicity.

What we wondered about (as we’re sure do many of you) is where the term “Mocha” came from. We have come up with several variations, such as “Coffolate” and “Chocoloffee”, but none of them really work as well as what we know and love as a mocha. It turns out that Mocha is the name of a coastal town in Yemen. People trace it as far back as the 15th century, when the town, located on the shores of the Red Sea, was a dominant exporter of coffee, distributing the precious beans to many areas around the Arabian Peninsula. Like many coffee beans in the marketplace today, the beans from this region, when roasted, are believed to have had a distinctively chocolatey taste, so much so that the name of the town, “Mocha” became the word used to describe chocolatey-tasting coffee beans. And eventually, of course, the word “mocha” was extended to describe the intentional addition of chocolate to coffee.

In honor of our so-proclaimed Mocha Madness, here are a couple of great tips on how to use Organo Gold Gourmet Cafe Mocha to create some tasty treats and drinks that, for all their decadence, are utterly delicious and — with the ever-present OG ganoderma — utterly nutritious, too!

  • Mix up a batch of OG Gourmet Cafe Mocha, then chill it in the refrigerator for an hour or two. Transfer to a glass jug, add a sprinkling of cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder, and serve iced in long, tall glasses with cute striped straws.
  • On cooler, rainy days, mix up a sachet of Cafe Mocha in your favorite mugs, add some gourmet marshmallows (we like pistachio flavored ’mallows, or the amazing 3Tarts gourmet marshmallows in Chocolate Rosemary flavor!).
  • Not surprisingly, Cafe Mocha is a great dessert flavor, so it showed up a lot in the recipe submissions for our OGlicious holiday cookbook. Some of the most popular mocha-themed recipes were the OG Mocha Ricotta Crème, the Iced Café Mocha and the Mocha Power Pancakes. Why not try some of these OG family submitted recipes, or better yet, invent your own and share them with your OG friends and family.

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