It’s safe to assume that if you’re reading this then you enjoy a cup of coffee. Like so many others the day cannot begin until you’ve had a morning cup. Coffee is somewhat of a widely accepted addiction for many of us. For this reason chain coffee shops are thriving, however one of these shops has led to a bit of confusion over authentic terms like macchiato. Most of us can pick out an espresso from a latte or cappuccino, but would you know a real macchiato if you saw one?
The macchiato has been embedded in Italian culture for years alongside the traditional espresso and cappuccino. The term macchiato translates to “marked” and is simply an espresso marked with a small amount of milk foam. Almost like a baby cappuccino. It’s a great choice for someone who doesn’t like a strong espresso but also finds a latte or cappuccino too milky. As Italians only drink cappuccinos in the morning it gives the afternoon drinker the option of some milk for flavour.
There is another type of macchiato, the latte macchiato which is a taller drink. Steamed milk with espresso layered on top to create the “marked” aspect. It’s basically milk marked with espresso as opposed to the espresso marked with milk. It does not traditionally contain any caramel syrup, whipped cream or anything else for that matter; unlike one coffee shop chain would have you believe.
Most reputable coffee shops should be able to make you a macchiato with no questions asked, but maybe next time ask your barista what macchiato means to them.
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