- Not to be confused with a similar drink, caffè macchiato.
(maʔˈkja(ː)to) is a coffee
beverage, which literally means marked milk
. This refers to the method of preparation, wherein the steamed "pure" white milk
gets "stained" by the addition of espresso. It differs significantly from cafè latte in that only ½ (or less) of an espresso shot is being used.
The macchia is the little 'spot' of crèma being left on top of the milk to clearly distinguish that is a latte macchiato and not a caffè latte, where the espresso traditionally has been added before the milk, hence having no "mark." Conversely, another similarly termed beverage, caffè macchiato is actually espresso stained with milk.
In popular culture
- "Latte macchiato" can be correctly used to describe the Starbucks drink branded as a "caramel macchiato". This drink is made by combining vanilla flavored syrup with steamed milk and then pouring the espresso on top of the milk, then topping it all off with caramel sauce. It was first introduced back in 1987 by Paul O'Neill in Concord, MA, a local barista.
- Other flavors are made using a similar method with a different flavored sauce topping. The sauce then melts from the heat of the espresso directly under it and seeps down into the drink.
- Davids, Kenneth. (2001). Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying, Fifth Edition (Paperback). ISBN 031224665X.
- Example of a Caramel Macchiato Recipe