CHOCOLATE IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU, REALLY?
We know that dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health.
Made from the seed of the cacao tree, it’s one of the best sources of antioxidants you can find.
The health benefits of dark chocolate or cocoa are supported by science.
Yes, it’s nutritious!
If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it’s quite nutritious, contains a decent amount of soluble fibre and is loaded with minerals like potassium, phosphorous and zinc. But with an average of 600 calories to a 100g serving, it’s probably worth consuming in moderation!
With the cold mornings becoming the norm for this time of year, we think it’s definitely worth putting some of that chocolate goodness into your day.
So let’s talk about the Mocha Latte.
We’re not sure exactly how the term mocha came to be used for coffee and chocolate, but a common belief is that the beans chosen to make the drink originally had themselves, a distinct chocolate taste. Now the union of coffee and chocolate is nothing new. When chocolate emerged in Europe during the 16th century, it did not take long for us humans to discover that this was a match made in heaven. In Venice and Turin, where some of the earliest coffee houses were opened, chocolate was mixed with coffee and called Bavareisa. In Italy, Bicerin was served, a small shot glass of espresso and chocolate, served layered. The modern Mocha Latte became a twist on the Café Latte, a shot of chocolate syrup, or real chocolate; white or dark, was added to create the recipe.
The Mocha Latte, for sure doesn’t usually immediately spring to mind when deciding on your drink of choice, but when tasted it can quickly become one of the best winter warmers around, not as sweet as a pure hot chocolate, but just enough and also giving you on occasion that much needed chocolatey caffeine kick!
We hope you enjoy our video, where we prepare for you our Guinness 232 Mocha Latte. The malty sweetness and rich mouthfeel of this Arabica blend, is the perfect partner to the real chocolate. For this recipe we chose to make it with Guinness Dark Chocolate from Lir, for that extra Guinness twist.