Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
Put the cupcake liners in the cupcake pans.
In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the hot brewed coffee and cocoa, until dissolved and set the mixture aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer add the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and let the mixer mix until the butter and sugars combine and they are light and fluffy in texture. Normally takes 3-5 minutes depending on how warm the butter is.
Once the butter and sugar are fluffy add in the vanilla extract and add the eggs one at a time, keep mixing it on low speed.
With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
Mix each addition just until incorporated, being careful not to over-mix.
Divide the batter between the prepared liners, filling each about two-thirds of the way full.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool in the pans briefly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cupcakes are baking in the oven make the buttercream frosting.