latte macchiato


What is a latte macchiato? Loosely translated, “Latte Macchiato” means “milk stained with coffee”. You can think of it as an inverted cappuccino: you start with milk and add espresso to it. This creates a beautiful three-layer division in latte macchiato glasses of milk, espresso, and foam. In this coffee recipe, we’ve incorporated all our knowledge and experience, making it very simple to make your own latte macchiato.

How to make a latte macchiato in 5 steps

Step 1: Use a large milk jug and fill it just below where the spout begins (about halfway), so you have about 200 ml of milk, enough to fill a large glass with room for the foam.

Step 2: Froth the milk using your steam wand. For a Latte Macchiato, you want a thick, firm layer of foam, which is different from what you might be used to for latte art. So, it should have bigger air bubbles. Add a lot of air to the milk foam to create a nice, firm foam layer. This will highlight the three-layer division of milk, espresso, and foam.

Step 3: Pour the milk into a latte macchiato glass of your choice and let it stand. While we make the espresso, the milk and foam will separate. For the best effect, choose a tall, thin glass of about 250 to 300 ml.

Step 4: Make your espresso. We always use a double espresso (+/- 38ml), so the flavor of the espresso comes through more. Use an espresso jug or measuring cup with a spout to catch your espresso. This makes step 4 a lot easier.

Step 5: With the espresso jug on a shot glass with a spout, slowly pour the espresso into your latte macchiato glass. Since the milk is colder, your espresso should beautifully settle between the milk and the foam layer. If you can’t achieve this, add a little hot water to your espresso. This makes your espresso not only warmer but also thinner, ensuring it floats above the milk.

Frequently Asked Questions about Latte Macchiato

What is the difference between cappuccino and latte macchiato?

A cappuccino has a different ratio of milk, espresso, and foam compared to a latte macchiato. In a cappuccino, the espresso is poured into the cup first, followed by steamed milk, and topped with a layer of milk foam. In a latte macchiato, you start with milk, then add espresso, creating layers of milk, espresso, and foam.

What is the difference between a latte and a latte macchiato?

The main difference between a latte and a latte macchiato lies in the proportions of milk and coffee. A latte macchiato focuses more on the milk, while in a latte, the espresso is more prominent. They are also served differently: a latte macchiato has clear layers of milk, espresso, and foam, whereas a latte is more blended.

What is the best milk for latte macchiato?

As with all coffee recipes involving milk, full-fat milk is the best choice. It provides the best creamy taste and firm foam and is traditionally used when ordering a latte macchiato. Of course, you can substitute it with lower-calorie or animal-friendly alternatives that still make a delicious latte macchiato.

What are good latte macchiato glasses?

The perfect glass for a latte macchiato is ideally tall and relatively narrow in diameter. You definitely want a nice transparent glass without any prints to clearly see the layers of your latte macchiato. Latte macchiato glasses should hold about 250 to 300 ml.

What is the right latte macchiato ratio?

For a tasty latte macchiato, the ratio is 1:5. We use a double espresso of 38ml with about 200ml of milk. This gives us a nice balance between the espresso and the milk without losing the coffee flavor. Of course, you can adjust the ratio to taste! In total, a latte macchiato is thus 238ml.

How many calories are in a latte macchiato?

This naturally depends on the milk you use. A latte macchiato made with full-fat milk contains about 125 kcal when you use 200 ml of milk. Check the kcal per 100 ml of your favorite milk and double it to calculate the calories of your latte macchiato.

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