Latte Macchiato

What is Latte Macchiato

Like most Espresso drinks, Latte Machiato has its roots in Italy – the home of Espresso coffee, if you will.

But why is it called Latte Macchiato?  The literal translation is “stained (marked) milk”. Latte Macchiato is basically frothed milk with a tiny amount of Espresso coffee added to it. Doesn’t it sound delicious!

Note: Not to be confused with Caffè Macchiato or Caffè Latte.

Short explanation of the difference between the drinks:

  • Caffè Macchiato (Espresso Macchiato) is a double or triple shot of Espresso with a dollop of milk foam on top.
  • Caffè Latte is a single shot of Espresso with steamed milk that forms a froth on top (1/3 of Espresso and 2/3 of milk). Milk is added to Espresso.
  • Latte Macchiato is a steamed milk with a little bit of Espresso coffee used, usually half shot. Espresso is added to milk.

Simple way to prepare your Latte Macchiato at home:

  • Pour cold milk into pitcher and froth it with steam wand in your Espresso machine.
  • (If your machine doesn’t contain the steam wand, simply pour the milk into a pan and steam it on the hob. Don’t forget to whisk the milk to make sure it won’t stick to the bottom.)
  • When the milk is ready, pour it into a tall ‘Latte’ glass. Use a spoon to separate a little bit of the ‘dry’ foam while pouring and add it on top.
  • Now it’s time to make a shot of Espresso coffee. I recommend you do not use a regular coffee cup, but something like a little milk jug that has the peak for pouring.
  • Take the hot Espresso and use approximately half a shot. Pour it carefully in the middle of the cup.
  • You may notice that on the top of the foam there is a hole where the milk has separated from the pouring; use the rest of the foam from the pitcher to cover it up and create a nice tip with a spoon.
  • The drink will now divide into three layers of milk, coffee and foam.
  • Sprinkle with grounded chocolate or cinnamon if desired.

One Response so far.

  1. Shirley Brown says:

    Lattem,capicucino very confusing Starbucks should
    put out a little card saying what it is and what is happening.

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