How to Make a Macchiato

by Whole Latte Love Updated: December 3, 2020 1 min read
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What is the difference between a Latte Macchiato and an Espresso Macchiato?

For starters they both have espresso and both have milk... but are very different. How you may ask? One thing to keep in mind is macchiato translates to spotted, stained, or marked.

Espresso Macchiato

An espresso macchiato is an espresso marked with milk. In classic preparation, an espresso is prepared and a dollop of milk foam is placed on top. But of course there are variations; a common espresso is prepared using half espresso and half steamed and frothed milk. The key is that espresso is added first, and then milk is second so that the espresso is marked by milk.

Latte Macchiato

A latte macchiato a generous portion of frothed milk goes into the glass first and then a much smaller amount of espresso is carefully poured in the center of the frothed milk, which leaves a mark on top of the froth. The milk froth is typically airy and dry. The milk then settles in the glass, so when the espresso is gently poured; the results are a 3 layered drink with the espresso settling between the milk layers. The easiest way to remember the difference in the two is the first thing that goes in the cup and the major ingredient comes first is the name of the drink.

Again, just remember that whatever is first in the name is first in the cup and the main ingredient.