What is a Latte Macchiato?

If you have ever had a cappuccino or a latte, then the latte macchiato will be similar to that coffee drink. It is served hot and made with fresh espresso.

There are a few differences though. But first, let’s explore what a latte macchiato really is.

What Exactly is a Latte Macchiato?

The word macchiato has an Italian origin, and means “stained”. It was first invented in Milan and it essentially was a normal espresso drink served in an espresso glass with a foam layer on top. When it came to the U.S. in the 1920s, it was usually made with espresso, milk and sugar.

It is essentially, espresso with steamed milk.

But so is a normal latte. So what is the difference?

What is the Difference Between a Latte and a Latte Macchiato?



Both a latte and a latte macchiato is made from 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk. The main difference with a latte macchiato, however, is that the steamed milk is poured in before the espresso. In addition to this, half a shot of espresso is normally used with a latte macchiato.

Flavoured latte macchiatos are very popular as well. Let’s have a look at the different flavours.

Adding Flavour to a Latte Macchiato

In most US cafés, a macchiato will be served with a small knob of caramel and a small blob of whipped cream (so you’ll get a lot of flavour, but little of the actual cream). If you’re in Italy, by all means, order one of those, but if you’re a fan of American versions, a classic macchiato is your choice.

One of the most popular modifications to the classic macchiato is adding some kind of flavour or spice to it. The most common flavour in most US cafés is vanilla. In Italy, however, most shops will offer a wide variety of flavours, including more exotic ones like ginger and nutmeg. There are also variations like cappuccino flavoured macchiatos and more exotic combinations like cappuccino/white chocolate. Whatever your preferences, it’s easy to mix up your macchiato with a wide range of flavours now available.

If you want to make a macchiato without adding any flavour, there are quite a few ways you can do it. Some machines will let you choose the size of the coffee and steam level for your desired flavour. For instance, you could have your coffee made just for you with the perfect ratio of coffee to steamed milk for whatever flavours you want, without adding any flavour.

How to make a Latte Macchiato?

If you’re in the mood for a latte macchiato, and you don’t want to head over to your local coffee shop, then here is how you can make it at home.

1. With an espresso or mocha coffee (whatever you prefer)

2. Add one shot or less of steamed milk to the glass

3. Add ½ teaspoon of sweetener of your choice

4. Pour the espresso/milk mixture back and forth over the espresso until you have what you like (mine is usually a little more than ½ teaspoon)

5. Stir well until latte is desired consistency (usually an inch or so)

6. As it cools, the espresso will thicken

7. Pour into a mason jar or travel mug

8. If you prefer, sprinkle with cinnamon or cinnamon sugar or a cinnamon-sugar shaker


Now that we’ve explored a latte macchiato in detail you should have a better understanding of what this drink is all about, and why it is so popular. How do you prefer your latte macchiato? Original, or with added flavour?