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How to Make Hot Chocolate in a Coffee Maker

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Knowing how to make hot chocolate in a coffee maker or using single-serve coffee makers allows you to make more than just your favorite coffee drinks. Any coffee drinker will benefit from this knowledge.

However, for more coffee maker knowledge, check out our “How To” guides to learning how a pod coffee maker works, how to make tea in a coffee maker, and how to cook rice in a coffee maker.


  • Get your hot coffee maker ready, whether you’re using your perfect coffee machine, the Nespresso Vertuo, or a Keurig K-Select brewer.
  • Ready your cup before brewing. Once your hot coffee maker finishes, add whatever you want, from coffee flavor to chocolate syrup, and pour the rest into a thermal carafe.
  • Any hot coffee maker can create hot water for your hot chocolate mixture. Single-serve coffee makers have pods to mix powdered chocolate with water for you.

The best coffee maker can create hot chocolate heaven in your kitchen. Being able to make a cup of coffee is excellent. Taking it a step beyond delicious coffee provides the ultimate brewing experience.

Making Hot Chocolate in Coffee Maker

Cocoa powder is the main ingredient in hot cocoa mix. Manufacturers roast cocoa beans, then grind them. They mix additives like sugar and dairy products to make hot chocolate powder.

You can purchase a hot chocolate machine, but a drip coffee maker works just as well. Single-serve coffee makers typically have options for hot chocolate powder, as well.

Insider Tip

A thermal carafe is far better than a hot coffee maker for keeping coffee hot. While a heating plate will keep coffee hot, it might also burn your fresh-brewed coffee.

Drip types of coffee makers are capable of producing many of your favorite coffee drinks. For example, you can learn how to make espresso with a regular coffee maker.

Using a Drip Coffee Maker


First, if you have a reusable coffee filter for your ground coffee, remove it. You want it to make hot water for your hot chocolate mix. Next, fill your hot coffee maker with water as if you were making a cup of coffee.


Fill the water reservoir with a few cups of water. This method is best when making large batches of hot cocoa. If you know how to make hot water in a coffee maker, you’re halfway there.


To expedite the process, ready your cup before brewing. Take out your milk jug, hot chocolate mixture, and anything else you need.


Once the coffee pot is full of hot water, empty your hot chocolate packets into the coffee pot. Add as many as you like until your hot beverage is perfect. Mix in chocolate chips for an extra chocolate flavor.


Leave your full coffee pot on the heating plate so that your cocoa product stays warm. For better results, pour the cocoa product into a steel thermal coffee carafe instead.

Using Capsule Coffee Machine


Fill the water reservoir, and get your hot chocolate capsules. Ensure the pod sizes are correct for your machine, whether you’re using one from the Nespresso Vertuo line or a Keurig K-Select brewer.


Pop a hot chocolate pod into whatever opening your single-serve coffee makers have. Single-serve coffee makers are highly convenient except for their single-serve brew sizes. Begin the single brewing cycle.


Once the single brewing cycle finishes, grab your cup. Add in whatever you would like, from chocolate chips to coffee flavor, for an extra kick. Use a milk frother for the ultimate brewing experience.


You should enjoy fresh-brewed coffee immediately for best results. Leaving coffee brews on the warm setting will ruin your cups of coffee.


Can you make hot chocolate in an espresso machine?

You absolutely can. Place coarsely ground cocoa in the same place you’d put ground coffee. Then, run your espresso machine as you usually would. Any type of coffee maker can make hot chocolate liquid.

Is it a good idea to put milk in a hot coffee maker?

Hot milk and a hot coffee maker should never mix. This is because milk will stick to the coffee machine and spoil quickly once it cools off. This can ruin your perfect coffee machine.

Is hot cocoa healthier than a cup of coffee?

Neither hot drink is healthier than the other. Both contain caffeine, although a cup of coffee has far more than a cup of hot cocoa.

Which Nespresso machine is the better hot coffee maker?

That depends on what you need them for. There are several types to choose from, but these two are the most popular:

  • Nespresso Vertuo line
  • Nespresso Pixie

STAT: Flavanols in chocolate can increase insulin sensitivity in short-term studies; in the long run, this could reduce the risk of diabetes. (source)

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