What Is a Macchiato?


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A macchiato is a style of coffee, usually served in the style of an espresso with a small amount of steamed milk added to the top. "Macchiato" is an Italian word, meaning "stained" or "marked" from the effect of adding the pale milk to the dark coffee.

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What Is a Macchiato?
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Like espressos, macchiatos are served in small cups and tend to be enjoyed in the afternoon by Italian coffee lovers; espressos and cappuccinos being seen as drinks for the morning. There is a milkier version, known as the 'latte macchiato', which is effectively a macchiato with the ingredients reversed, a cup of hot milk with a small amount of espresso added.

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