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Monday, December 03, 2012

The Poorganic Mocha

Do you long for the days when Starbucks did not make you feel guilty?  Those days before reading The Poorganic Life where you'd buy a Mocha whenever the whim would strike you?

Since reading Katrina's blog I constantly hear her mantra in my head "save more, give back" and I just can't keep spending like I used to but the longing for a Starbucks Mocha also does not go away.  Here's a great way to make one at home, without spending a ridiculous amount on an espresso maker or at Starbucks!

First, check out this cute little 6-cup Italian Espresso maker for $21.99 at Amazon.com.  You can also find them at your local Walmart but I've found their 6-cup to be pricer then Amazon.

I start by making hot chocolate on the stove which takes a bit of patience but it's important because being Poorganic also means reducing food additives.  Unsweetened powder has none of the added additives that Hershey's syrup has:

Hershey's Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • 1/4 cup Hershey's unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup your favorite sweetener
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
Stir on stove until it boils for 2 minutes; add 4 cups of milk and heat until milk has reached satisfactory serving temperature (hint, Starbucks Mocha's are 150 - 160 degrees).



  • 2 Tablespoons of ground espresso

It's so simple, just fill the base with water, add espresso in the little holder and set it to medium heat until the espresso bubbles through.  It's so cheap and efficient you will wonder who's been guarding this little machine from greater fame.


  • 1/3 espresso
  • 2/3 hot chocolate
  • top with your favorite whipped cream if desired


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