Monthly Archives: September 2011

Hello World!

Hello fabulous readers and welcome to Del Mocha Vista.  If you like mochas, like to try new things, and like to travel, then this online journal is for you! What started out as a delicious hobby has transformed into a personal mission – to find a better mocha latte than those made at Starbucks. ‘What does she have against Starbucks?’ you might ask. The answer to that is simple: I have nothing against Starbucks (other than that they have yet to start recycling). I am just amazed that with the thousands dozens of mocha lattes I have devoured in my 26 years, Starbucks continues to rank #1 in my book. Here are the criteria I use to rank my mochas:

– Taste: 

– Appearance:

– Store Ambiance:

Throughout this delicious mocha latte quest, I will sample mochas and rate them on a 1-10 scale in the above categories (1= awful – 10=perfecto). So grab a mocha and stay awhile, the journey is just getting started!

I figured that for my first entry I will start with the triumphant Starbucks Mocha Latte. I order mine extra hot, no whip cream, in a ‘for here’ mug (or I bring my own). There are two reasons for the latter part of my order. First, to cut back on making more garbage in the form of a throw away cup.  And second, to get 10 cents off of my drink purchase! I took a few photos of my mocha and a book I just finished AND highly recommend. Read it and find out how Starbucks got its name 🙂 (I promise to work on my photo-taking abilities!).

Here is how I rank the Starbucks Mocha Latte:

– Taste: 8

The taste is like a grown up version of hot chocolate. Somewhat bitter chocolate, not too sweet. Steamed milk with lots of foam. I almost needed a spoon to get at all of the milk foam but I opted to be lady like and I used my finger as a spoon instead 🙂  This heavenly beverage instantly warms me up and wakes me up!

– Appearance:  7

It may be hard to see but there are actually some beautiful swirls of chocolate, cappuccino, and milk (again, trying to work on my photography with this little Nikon Coolpix S8100). Starbucks does not get crafty with their whip-free mochas, unfortunately.

– Store Ambiance: 5

The vibe at the Wethersfield, CT Starbucks was just okay that day. It was busy – every table was full, customers chatted with barista’s (coffee makers), and there were laughs to be heard. But something was missing. The appearance was quite bland. No fun art on the walls and no fun music. Just basic cookie cutter tables and chairs. You can be more unique than this, Starbucks!

Overall I so enjoyed my inaugural mocha latte here at Starbucks. A delicious drink, a relaxing day, and an inspiring book – what could be better? Thanks Starbucks for setting a high standard in the world of mocha lattes. See you again soon.


Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Connecticut