What is a Latte Macchiato?
A latte macchiato (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlatte makˈkjaːto]) is an espresso drink in which espresso is carefully poured on top of steamed milk. The reverse (steamed milk added on top of espresso) is a regular latte. The other difference between a latte and a latte macchiato is that the frothed milk is usually made to have dry (more foam) than a traditional latte which is more wet (steamed milk). Flavored syrups or simple syrup (sugar water) can be added to flavor or sweeten the drink. The words “latte macchiato” mean stained milk as the espresso leaves a small mark on the milk as it is poured into the drink.
Factoid: Macchiato means means stained.
Making a Latte Macchiato:
- Pour frothed milk into a cup (optionally with sugar or flavoring added), leaving a little room at the top for espresso shots
- Gently pour the espresso shots on top of the milk so that the espresso runs through creating a layer on the bottom .
“It differs significantly from caffè latte firstly in that espresso is added to milk (rather than milk to espresso), secondly that it features more foam, rather than simply hot milk, thirdly in that often only ½ (or less) of an espresso shot is used, and fourthly in that it is often a “layered” drink, rather than being mixed as in a caffè latte.Simply, in a caffè latte, the emphasis is on the coffee, while in a latte macchiato, the emphasis is on the milk.The macchia is the little “spot” of crèma 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, caffè macchiato, another similarly named beverage, is actually espresso “stained” with a small amount of milk.” (Source: Wikipedia)