This Iced Mocha Latte is a perfect morning drink. It’s smooth, bold, and chocolatey… deliciously refreshing with a coffee boost. Cold brewed coffee, creamy almond milk, and velvety cacao with a hint of SUPERFOOD maca powder make the ultimate indulgence in this iced coffee drink.
The smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning is one of the BEST smells in the world. At least for me. I’m a huge, HUGE fan of coffee… obsessed really… although nowadays I don’t drink coffee it as much as I would like it. Due to my gut and tummy problems, I am limited to maybe a cup or two monthly. Which is a bummer but hey… there’s a positive side in all this. When I’m having a cup of coffee I really REALLY enjoy it. Because of this limitation, I think I appreciate the coffee more.
With longer days and warming temps, iced drinks are definitely my favorite thing in the morning. Thus the greatest pleasure in the morning is sipping on Iced Coconut Matcha Latte while checking emails. And when my tummy allows it, I treat myself with Iced Coffee Protein Shake. Both drinks are power-drinks, loaded with not only amazing matcha/coffee but also with SUPERFOODS.
This delightful cooling and so refreshing Iced Mocha Latte is one powerful drink too. It’s a coffee drink but so much more.
Mildly sweet cold brewed black coffee (yes, SWEET! because of the brewing process) is flavored with dark chocolate and boosted with superfood maca powder. It is a beverage you will enjoy all Summer long. Trust me! It’s amazing!
This iced coffee drink is smooth, bold, and chocolatey. A caffeinated boost that is utterly refreshing. Just recently I discovered cold brewing (yeah, I know, I was like living under the rock) so I decided to give it a try with this Iced Mocha Latte recipe.
What is cold brew coffee exactly?
Cold brewed coffee is basically a ground coffee steeped in cold water and strained. No cooking required. Furthermore, it doesn’t require barista skills nor much special equipment beyond a large container and a strainer. Luckily I got a french press for a birthday from my brother that does the job really great.
How does cold brew coffee taste like?
Standard coffee brewing tends to make coffee taste more bitter, because of the intense and rapid extraction of flavor from the beans by the hot water. Cold brew, on the other hand, takes around 18-24 hours. This slow infusion process pulls all the great coffee flavor from the beans and makes coffee taste less acidity, which is why cold brew coffee is naturally sweeter. Perfect for making iced coffee.
How to make cold brew coffee?
Grind the coffee coarsely, which you can do yourself at home if you have a coffee grinder or in store where you buy the beans. Combine ground coffee with water in a mason jar or French press, and let it steep overnight, or for at least 12 hours. During this time, the coffee slowly infuses into the water, creating a strong, concentrated brew. Strain the coffee the next morning using strainer, cheesecloth or coffee filter, and you’re ready to go.
For this Cold Brewed Iced mocha Latte recipe you’ll need:
- COLD BREWED COFFEE: Use any type of coffee you prefer and like here.
- ALMOND MILK: I used unsweetened almond milk that is creamy and perfect for making iced coffee drinks.
- CACAO POWDER: I used raw cacao powder here that is unprocessed, bitter, deep flavored and unbelievably healthy. Cocoa is one of the richest sources of polyphenols – antioxidant that has be linked to many health benefits, including reduced inflammation, better blood flow, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol and blood sugar levels. (1)
- MACA POWDER: This Peruvian root with distinctive earthy almost caramel like taste is just amazing. Some dislike the maca taste but I just say you need to give this powerful superfood a chance. Maca has many health benefits. It boosts mood, sex drive, energy and stamina. It’s a great source of essential vitamins and minerals too and it’s loaded with powerful antioxidants that prevent health conditions like heart disease and cancer. (2, 3) Maca pairs so well with cacao. Adding maca to this Iced Mocha Latte uplifted the overall taste and added so many benefits.
Although cold brewed coffee is naturally sweeter than regular black coffee if you feel like your coffee after brewing isn’t sweet enough you can add some extra sugar. I suggest you use pure maple syrup or honey. Any other sweetener will just ruin the amazing coffee taste.
How to make Iced Mocha Latte
- To make cold brew concentrate:
- Put 1 ounce coarsely ground coffee (about 1/4 cup whole coffee beans, which yields about 1/2 cup ground coffee) into a mason jar or french press.
- Pour with 1 cup of cold water. Close the lid and leave refrigerated overnight or at least for 12 hours. You’re going to end up with a little less cold brew concentrate than the amount of water you used since some of it will be absorbed by the coffee grounds. However, you can dilute the concentrate to taste once it’s finished.
- Once you’re done steeping the coffee, strain the coffee grounds using strainer and cheesecloth or coffee filter.
- If you’re using french press just press the mash down.
- You can adjust the concentration of your cold brew coffee, making it stronger or less strong to suit your taste. If that ratio of beans to water isn’t quite to your taste, adjust it up or down until you hit the perfect balance for you.
- Keep leftovers of strained cold brewed concentrate in a closed jar refrigerated up to 5 days.
- To make Iced Mocha Latte:
- In a small cup combine cacao powder and maca. Add a bit of cold water and mix it with the spoon until you get thick cacao mixture without any lumps.
- Fill a big glass or mason jar with ice.
- Using cold brewed coffee, fill the glass about half full.
- Add almond milk. Stir in cacao mixture and sweetener, if using.
- I suggest you use unsweetened almond milk here. It will add perfect creaminess without extra calories. Also, almond milk has a mild nutty taste which will not interfere with other flavors in this iced coffee drink.
- Use maple syrup or honey (not raw) to sweeten iced coffee to your taste. Both maple syrup and honey are mild tasting and will not interfere with other flavors.
- You can substitute almond milk with organic soy milk.
- Don’t use cow’s milk. Iced coffee will not taste nice.
- Don’t use coconut milk. Its flavor will not match with coffee, cacao, and maca.
Cold brewed coffee, deep flavored chocolaty cacao powder, amazing maca, and creamy almond milk combined in this refreshing iced coffee drink is a true winner. It’s an iced coffee drink you’ll enjoy all the summertime.
Brew your favorite coffee, pour it over the ice, and enjoy!
If you’re fancy recipes using MACA, here are some you might like:
- Chocolate Maca Tahini Brownies
- Cacao Turmeric Maca Hot Chocolate
- Peanut Butter Maca Overnight Oats
- Turmeric Maca Powder Cacao Energy Balls
Iced Mocha Latte
Cold brewed coffee, creamy almond milk, and velvety cacao make the ultimate indulgence in this Iced Mocha Latte. This iced coffee drink is smooth, bold, and chocolatey. Perfect morning coffee boost that is deliciously refreshing. Vegan.
In a small glass combine cacao powder and maca. Add a bit of cold water and mix with the spoon until you get thick cacao mixture without any lumps.
Fill a big glass or mason jar with ice.
Using cold brewed coffee, fill the glass about half full.
Add milk and cacao mixture.
Add sweetener, if using and stir.
As a measure, I used US cup (240ml).
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but I have endeavored to be as accurate as possible.
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