Coffee Borgia Mousse

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This delicious chocolate orange mousse is modeled after the coffee Borgia and is made with dark chocolate, instant espresso powder and orange zest.

coffee borgia mousse

This dessert was inspired by one of my favorite espresso drinks, the coffee Borgia. A Borgia is like a mocha (espresso, chocolate syrup, steamed milk) but with orange zest mixed in. It’s a wonderful flavor combination that I recreated in this chocolate orange mousse with melted semi-sweet chocolate, heavy cream, instant espresso powder and orange zest.

You can serve the mousse with a dollop of whipped cream to lighten it up a bit but I actually prefer to eat it by itself. The recipe is very easy to make and you can easily scale it up and make a fancy dessert for a large crowd.

How to make coffee Borgia mousse:

You start with 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder and 1 cup heavy cream. You add those three ingredients to a saucepan and heat them to dissolve the chocolate. Be careful not to get the cream too hot, it should just be warm enough to melt the chocolate.

how to make coffee borgia mousse step by step

how to make coffee borgia mousse step by step

Once the chocolate is melted, let the mix cool to room temperature, then transfer it to a mixing bowl, cover it and chill in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.

how to make coffee borgia mousse step by step

Add 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest to the mix, then whip it into a mousse as if you were making regular whipped cream.

how to make coffee borgia mousse step by step

how to make coffee borgia mousse step by step

Pipe or spoon the mousse into individual serving bowls and garnish with a fresh slice of orange.

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Coffee Borgia Mousse

This delicious chocolate orange mousse is modeled after the coffee Borgia and is made with dark chocolate, instant espresso powder and orange zest.
Prep Time10 mins
Chill Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate orange mousse, coffee borgia mousse
Servings: 4
Calories: 255kcal

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate*
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon very finely grated orange zest (about one small orange)
  • 2 thin orange slices as garnish
  • whipped cream (optional)

Instructions:

  • Add the chocolate, the cream and the espresso powder to a saucepan and heat to dissolve the chocolate. Be careful not to get the cream too hot, it should just be warm enough to melt the chocolate.
  • Take the saucepan off the heat and let the mix cool completely.
  • Transfer the mix into a mixing bowl, cover and chill in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Add the orange zest to the chocolate mix.
  • With an electric mixer, whip the mix into a mousse.
  • Garnish with the orange slices and serve by itself or with whipped cream.

Notes:

*Don't use chocolate morsels; morsels have stabilizers in them that actually prevent them from melting.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal

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66 comments

    • Nicole Branan says:

      Thanks, Lou! It was a small coffee shop in New Mexico that introduced me to the Borgia a few years ago, before that I actually hadn’t heard of it either. :)

  1. Sophie | Delightful Plate says:

    This looks so yummy and beautiful, Nicole. I also like that it has a moderate amount of sugar :). Thanks for checking out my Vegan Pho recipe today. I was so happy because I’ve been a fan of your photos for a long time. Your food photo prop ebook was one of the first ebooks I read when I started my blog and food photography 1.5 years ago :).

    Thanks and Happy New Year!

    • Nicole Branan says:

      Ooh, that is so wonderful to hear, Sophie! Thank you for leaving this lovely comment and a Happy New Year to you as well!

    • Nicole Branan says:

      Thank you, Tracy! I just made this mousse again the other day and it fit well with the winter/holiday mood indeed. :) Happy New Year to you!

  2. Jennifer R Osborn says:

    Not only does this look beautiful, it reminds me of one of my favorite espresso drinks from a couple decades ago.
    There was a chain of cafes I would frequent in college and they made a delicious mocha orange cappuccino. I haven’t been able to recreate it quite right myself but I’m going to try your recipe.

  3. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen says:

    Stunning!! The chocolate and orange is such a heavenly combination, the coffee must add another wonderful flavour dimension. I am always looking for ‘last minute’ dessert ideas, thanks so much for sharing! <3 xx

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Louise! This is a great last minute dessert that tastes impressive but doesn’t take much work or time to prepare. :)

  4. Cindy Hoffman says:

    Nicole,
    The photo just looks gorgeous, I must really check out that camera and consider going for it. And thanks for sharing the recipe too. Coffee Borgia is one of my best drinks too, so will definitely be using your recipe to make the Mousse.

    Cindy

    • Nicole B. says:

      That is sooo nice of you to say, thank you, Natasha! I have to admit I do really like this photo too (hasn’t happened very often lately :)).

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