Mocha VS Energy Drinks (In-depth Investigation)

Mocha is a type of coffee made with espresso, chocolate, and milk, whereas energy drinks are manufactured energy boosters packed with artificial additives and preservatives.

Though there’s not much difference between their caffeine content, energy drinks do a better job at waking you up than mocha due to the added energy-boosting ingredients that aren’t found in mocha.

With so many kinds of beverages available, coffee and energy drinks are the most popular ones. Both of these drinks are caffeinated and provide an instant boost of energy. Some people like to gulp on icy cold energy drinks and some like to sip chocolatey warm coffees like Mocha.

Coffee provides great amounts of antioxidants and energy drinks provide B vitamins. Both of which are good for your body. But which drink is better? Mocha coffee or any can of energy drink?

In this article, we will discuss everything about these two drinks and figure out which one is better.

What Are The Ingredients In Mocha And Energy Drinks?

Mocha is a type of coffee that is natural. It has espresso, milk, and chocolate. Whereas, energy drinks are man-made and contain artificial sweeteners, boosters, and synthetic preservatives.

Energy drinks and mocha are both very different. Though they are caffeinated and provide goodies like B vitamins and antioxidants, they come from a different family of drinks.

If we talk about mocha, it’s an all-natural caffeinated beverage that is made from a coffee base. In a double shot of espresso, steamed milk is added along with dark or milk chocolate powder or syrup.

This is then topped with milk foam. It’s as simple as that. Nothing fancy yet very tasty. People who enjoy chocolate in their coffee rave about this coffee. Now if we talk about energy drinks, they’re completely different.

Energy drinks are manufactured in factories with synthetic ingredients. Essentially it is a carbonated energy drink that is laced with artificial additives and preservatives.

Despite also containing B vitamins, the energy drink is packed with different synthesized energy-boosting ingredients. Due to the fact that 90% of the ingredients in energy drinks are the same, these are as follows;

  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • B vitamins
  • Caffeine
  • Caffeine anhydrous
  • Flavorings
  • Gluconolactone
  • L-Carnitine
  • Preservatives
  • Taurine

Is Mocha Stronger Than A Can Of Energy Drink?

Mocha is a strong coffee but when compared with energy drinks, it is not that strong. The reason is that energy drinks contain artificial boosting and potent additives which make them stronger.

Mocha is a strong coffee. To get an idea of how strong of a coffee mocha is, you can read my other article.

But when we compare mocha with energy drinks, they’re much stronger. That’s because mocha is an organic drink with no additional boosting or artificial ingredients. Though, the addition of dark chocolate does make it stronger than usual.

Also, the thing with any kind of coffee is that you can increase or decrease the quantity of any added ingredients. So, if you increase the espresso, it can become as potent as any energy drink, but the classic method doesn’t allow mocha to be as strong as any energy drink.

Also, their caffeine and sugar make the impact stronger. But one thing I would like to add here is that the effects of energy drinks are surely very strong but they wear off much quicker than that of mocha.

While moderate consumption of energy drinks is not harmful, you may feel fatigued once the effects wear off if you do so regularly. Thus, mocha is not stronger than any energy drink.

You can watch this video where they compare coffee with energy drinks.

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How Much Sugar Do Energy Drink and Mocha Have?

Sugar is not a major component of mocha. Although it is moderately sweet due to the dairy and milk chocolate added to it. The majority of energy drinks contain artificial sweeteners and excessive amounts of sugar.

Coffee shops like Starbucks have given Mocha a very different perspective. Naturally, mocha doesn’t contain any added sugar. It has hints of sweetness coming from the full-fat milk and if milk chocolate is used.

Organic chocolate doesn’t contain any sweetness. So, when served, no additional forms of sugar are added. But if you visit Starbucks, you will find very sweet versions of mocha.

Even the classic mocha has some rich and sweet chocolate with flavorings. A typical cup of mocha can have about 27 gm of sugar in an 8 oz serving. This is quite a lot though. So, do be mindful when grabbing your mocha from any popular coffee shop.

cans of red bull with purple edition red bull in the middle

And if we discuss energy drinks, they’re packed with sugars. The artificial sweetness makes it more stimulant and also masks the caffeine flavor.

The sugars in energy drinks can give you a sugar high instantly, which feels like a power adrenaline rush. Though, when the effects which last about 1 to 2 hours wear off, you will feel a sugar crash.

Thus, making you irritable, hungry, nauseous, and fatigued. Just for reference, a regular can of 12 oz of any energy drink contains about 30 gm to 50 gm of sugar. But according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the preferred quantity is not more than 12 teaspoons in a whole day.

On a daily basis, we consume other sources of sugar too like tea, baked goods, candies, and sodas which can when combined with sugary mocha and energy drinks can make us cross our healthy borderline.

I’ve prepared a table showing the sugar contents of the top types of mocha from Starbucks and energy drinks.

Mocha From StarbucksSugar Content
Mocha27 gm
White Mocha53 gm
Salted Caramel Mocha59 gm
Energy Drinks
Red Bull34 gm
Monster54 gm
Rockstar69 gm

Mocha Or Energy Drink, Which One Is Healthy?

Mocha and energy drinks both in moderation are not bad. But both have drawbacks when consumed regularly.

Coffee is better than any energy drink. First of all, coffee is organic without any artificial additives and is also a great source of antioxidants.

Along with that, it prevents many diseases like dementia, liver cancer, and the development of gallstones. It also helps in burning fat when you are trying to lose weight.

But in this case, mocha and energy drinks, aren’t that healthy in the long run. The sugars which are added to the cup of mocha or from the energy drinks can be fatal in the long run.

It can give you many health issues. Some of which are diabetes, heart issues, and Alzheimer’s. The sugar in the energy drink makes young people hooked on them very easily. Therefore, both of these drinks aren’t as healthy.

Lastly, the dairy in the mocha, in the long run, isn’t as helpful either. According to the Physicians Committee dairy is one of the top contributors to many life-long diseases.

Plus, many people in this world are lactose intolerant. This essentially means that most people do not digest lactose – which is the sugar in the diary. This can give an upset stomach, vomiting, and even rashes. Therefore, consuming energy drinks and mocha isn’t as healthy as it seems.

a barista pouring steamed milk in mocha

Does Energy Drink Have More Caffeine Than Mocha?

There isn’t much of a difference in caffeine content for mocha and energy drinks. But to compare, energy drinks have more caffeine content than mocha. An 8 oz serving of Mocha contains about 128 mg of caffeine and 12 oz of energy drinks contain about 100 mg to 140 mg of caffeine.

When it comes to caffeine, mocha and energy drinks, are both caffeinated. They both provide electrifying energy jolt when consumed.

But when compared, mocha and the most popular energy drinks, they have almost the same range of caffeine.

A regular serving of any energy drink contains about 100 mg to 140 mg of caffeine. And mocha on the other hand contains about 128 mg of caffeine in an 8 oz serving. They both are relatively very close.

Plus, by increasing or decreasing the quantities of each drink, you can control the amount of caffeine. But having said that, there is a healthy balance of caffeine intake which is suggested by the FDA.

They say to not consume more than 400 mg of caffeine in a day. Considering that there are many sources of caffeine like tea, sodas, and chocolate along with Mocha and energy drinks, you can easily breach these limits.

This can concur caffeine overdosing which can give you some lifelong effects or be fatal in some cases. Some short-term effects include:

  • Jitteriness
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Increased Anxiety
  • Excessive sweating
  • Depletion Iron & Calcium
  • Dehydration

Sum It All Up

Both mocha and energy drinks contain caffeine, but they are so different from each other. By consuming them regularly and moderately, we obtain antioxidants and vitamins. You should not overdo it with coffee if you are only a coffee drinker.

Also, mocha, in my opinion, is superior to any kind of energy drink because coffee is completely natural. It offers more benefits than energy drinks. In most cases, energy drinks contain artificial sweeteners, which can lead to long-term health concerns.

Ultimately, your health and taste are the determining factors. Consume small amounts of mocha and energy drinks, but do not overdo it.  

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Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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