Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Little More Watery Than Extraordinary, Illy Issimo Mochaccino Is Only Average.

The Good: Flavorful, Inexpensive
The Bad: A little weaker than I would want for either of the main flavors
The Basics: Illy Issimo Mochaccino is a mild Italian Espresso Style Coffee Drink that is good, but not incredible.

Every Friday and Saturday for the last few weeks, I have picked my wife up a coffee drink so she has something from me on her way to work. There are very few that I try myself, but when I bought her the little can of Illy Issimo Mochaccino at the local discount store, I decided to indulge. The Illy Issimo Mochaccino was a nice way to wake up, but it is by no means the strongest coffee drink I have ever tried.


Illy Issimo Mochaccino is an Italian Espresso Style Coffee Drink, like Starbucks style prepared coffee beverage. Unlike a sports drink which is targeted to replace specific nutrients the body loses while working out, Italian Espresso Style Coffee Drinks are intended to provide quick energy and an alternative to hot coffee products. The Illy Issimo Mochaccino comes in an 8.45 fl. oz. aluminum can. This is a slightly smaller than normal drink can and it is opened with the usual metal tab which gives the consumer access to the beverage.

The 8.45 oz. can is a single serving of Illy Issimo Mochaccino and it is very easy to drink it down in a single sitting.

Ease Of Preparation

Illy Issimo Mochaccino is a liquid in the 8.45 oz. can which is best served chilled. The Mochaccino is mixed easily by shaking it gently and that insures that if the contents have settled one gets a homogenous fluid. I recommend refrigerating the can first as the somewhat diluted flavor seems accented when it is room temperature.


Illy Issimo Mochaccino smells like chocolate. Opening the can, I was surprised by how there was no scent of the metal can. Instead, this smells just like chocolate milk, without a hint of coffee to the bouquet.

On the tongue, Illy Issimo Mochaccino is strongly the flavor of coffee with a sweetness to it that cuts through any coffee bitterness. The chocolate flavor blends with the coffee fairly well. There is no hint of milky flavor to this coffee beverage. Instead, there is a slightly watery taste to it. The somewhat diluted taste undermines the usually strong chocolate and coffee flavor of mocha coffee drinks.

Due to the somewhat diluted flavor of the coffee drink, the Illy Issimo Mochaccino actually leaves a far milder aftertaste than virtually any other coffee drink I have yet tried.


As an Italian Espresso Style Coffee Drink, Illy Issimo Mochaccino is made primarily of coffee, milk and sugar. There are a few preservatives, but a lot less than one might expect. Nutritionally, Illy Issimo Mochaccino is nothing one wants to try to live off of. Illy Issimo Mochaccino has 19 grams of sugar and one hundred calories, ten of which are from fat. As well, there are 55 mg (2% RDA) of sodium in each serving (which is one can full). There are no significant nutrients in this beverage.


Illy Issimo Mochaccino comes in an aluminum can and it does not need to be refrigerated to stay good. Despite finding it at the discount store, the Mochaccino does not expire until August 6, 2014.

This drink is an opaque brown color, but if it gets on light fabrics it will certainly stain them. Consult a care guide for your clothes, though I suspect light clothes would need bleach to get this out. Still, the drink wipes off surfaces easily with a cloth, assuming they are impermeable.


Illy Issimo Mochaccino is good, but it is far more average than it is incredible.

For other coffee drinks, please check out my reviews of:
Tim Horton's Fine Grind Coffee
Starbucks Discoveries Vanilla Latte
Maxwell House Dark Roast Coffee


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing!

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