Macchiato Recipe

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What is a Macchiato?

A Macchiato, also known as Caffè Macchiato in Italian, is a delightful and bold espresso-based coffee drink with a hint of milk. The word ""Macchiato"" translates to ""stained"" or ""marked"" in Italian, which describes the way a small amount of milk is added to the espresso, creating a contrasting and visually appealing coffee beverage. Macchiatos are known for their rich coffee flavor with a touch of creaminess, making them a favorite choice for espresso lovers who enjoy a milder coffee experience.

How to Make a Macchiato at Home:

Creating a perfect Macchiato at home is a simple process that requires only a few ingredients. Here's how to make a classic Macchiato:


  • Freshly roasted coffee beans (specifically labeled for espresso)
  • Hot water
  • Milk (whole milk or your preferred milk alternative)


  1. Grind the coffee beans to a fine consistency, specifically calibrated for espresso brewing.
  2. Brew a shot of hot and freshly brewed espresso using an espresso machine.
  3. Boil water to the desired temperature, typically between 195°F to 205°F (90°C to 96°C).
  4. In a small cup or demitasse, pour a shot of hot water.
  5. Prepare a shot of espresso and gently pour it over the hot water in the cup.
  6. The espresso will create a ""stain"" or ""mark"" in the hot water, resulting in the classic Macchiato.
  7. In some variations, a small amount of steamed milk or milk foam may be added on top of the espresso to create a Macchiato Con Panna or a Caramel Macchiato.
  8. Serve the Macchiato immediately to enjoy the robust coffee flavor with a hint of milk.

The Macchiato offers a delightful balance of espresso intensity and creamy sweetness, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer a bold coffee with a touch of milk.