People tend to rave about places that use "real chocolate" in their hot chocolate, but I've found that I often prefer cocoa powder. I'm not talking swiss miss here, but something like Valrhona cocoa powder with hot milk. It's common to hear people complaining about how x cafe makes their hot chocolate using powder rather than the "real deal" though, as if cocoa powder was inferior to chocolate. However, I think that using cocoa powder often leads to a richer, more chocolate-y flavor. Thoughts? Is it fair to actually say that hot chocolate made with melted chocolate is superior to its powdered alternative?
(I know it's possible and often beneficial to use both!)