How to Make a Macchiato - Plus 3 Easy Recipes To Try

How to Make a Macchiato - Plus 3 Easy Recipes To Try

If you are like us and love different types of coffee drinks, then you must have heard of Macchiato. It is a type of espresso drink with milk. Macchiato is an Italian word meaning stained or spotted. That means Macchiato is a shot of Espresso with foamed milk. It's excellent for those who love different flavors of strong coffee and like experimenting with their coffee.

This article will guide you on how to make a macchiato and its different recipes. We will share tips on enhancing its taste and what variations you can do with it. Before we go into detail, let's see what a macchiato is.

What is a Macchiato?

What is Macchiato

Italian Macchiato is also known as Caffe Macchiato or latte macchiato. It also has a cold version that is among the bestselling items at Starbucks. The bitter Espresso with a spot of milk can be served with too wide varieties.

The word Macchiato is an espresso shot with milk. It is also known as Latte Macchiato or Espresso Macchiato. In Portugal, it is also called the Cafe Pingado. It's a single espresso cup with a dollop of foam, the foam of milk. If you have an espresso machine, Macchiato is a great way to have something different than a simple espresso cup. Macchiato adds a creamy touch to the usual strong espresso flavor.

How to Make Macchiato?

Macchiato is just a variation of Espresso, so you need a cup of Espresso first. Here are the things you need to make Macchiato.

  • Coffee beans (Espresso Roast)
  • filtered Water
  • Milk

Tools you need

  • Espresso machine
  • Coffee cup
  • Method
  • Grind the Coffee Beans

Grind your coffee beans. For expresso, dark roast coffee beans are used. The quality of beans you are using and perfect grinding can make all the difference in your Espresso. for best results, grind the beans just before making the coffee.

Use an espresso machine and make a shot of Espresso. You can use a French press to make Espresso if you don't have an espresso machine. Read our article on how to make Espresso with a French press. You can also use a Moka Pot to make Espresso. If you dont have Espresso, substitute it with a strong coffee.

Steam the Milk

Pour the cold milk into Espresso. You don't need lots of milk to make a classic Macchiato. Insert the espresso machine's steam wand into the cup and let it steam. If you are making Espresso with other means, you can use a milk frother or the whisk to form a foam layer on top of the milk. You can also pour the warm milk into a mason jar and shake it to create a layer of foam on top of it. The quantity of milk should double up with lots of air bubbles.

Pour a dollop of foam on top of your Espresso. Creating the latte art on your Espresso takes some practice and patience. You can learn to make beautiful hearts on the top of coffee with a dollop of foam.

How to Make Caramel Macchiato or Starbucks Macchiato

how to make ice caramel macchiato.

A caramel macchiato is an excellent variation of Macchiato. The recipe was introduced by Starbucks and is followed widely for its rich and delicious taste. It's a variation of Macchiato with vanilla cream and caramel sauce on the top.

Here is how to make delicious coffee at home. to make this, you will need

  1. Double Shot Espresso
  2. Milk
  3. Caramel Sauce
  4. Vanilla syrup


  • Pull two espresso shots.
  • Steam the milk using a steam wand or a milk froth or whisk to make fluffy foam.
  • use a transparent glass and pour the vanilla sauce into the bottom of the coffee
  • pour some sauce on along the side of the glass
  • pour the two shots of Espresso you have ready
  • Pour steamed milk over hot Espresso
  • garnish with a spoon full of foam or cream on top and caramel sauce.

What is the Difference Between a Latte and Macchiato?

latte vs macchiato

Both latte and Macchiato are two variations of coffee available at coffee shops. Both are shots of Espresso topped with milk particularly steamed milk. The difference between a Latte and Macchiato is the flavor of coffee, how they are made, and its taste. The Latte is milk with Espresso but with a more delicate and balanced flavor. Italian Macchiato has just a spoonful of foam and is more like Espresso. Since Latte has more steamed milk, it is sweeter as well.

Can Macchiato be Served cold?

Iced Macchiato can be served cold.  This variation of Italian drink has a huge fan following, and adding ice and cold milk to it makes it too refreshing. The combination of sweet and bitter flavors with ice is perfect for summer evenings.

How to make Iced Macchiato?

iced macchiato

To make an iced Macchiato, you need two shots of Espresso with cold milk, coffee ice cubes, cream, and steamed milk. If you want to add caramel flavor, you can also pour it on top.

Cool down the espresso shot before adding cold milk. You can place it in the fridge so its fully cold

  1. In a glass, add cold coffee shots.
  2. Add ice cubes to the coffee to make it perfectly chilled.
  3. Pour the cold milk on top, and you can use the cream as well.
  4. To present the perfect drink, pour some caramel sauce on top.

If you don't like the sweetness of caramel sauce, you can garnish the cold Macchiato with a few ground coffee beans or cocoa powder.

Final Words

Macchiato is a type of Espresso with milk. You can add cold or hot milk, depending on the coffee recipe. A coffee lover prefers a bitter Espresso with a mild sweetness of milk foam. You can add cream, syrups, or caramel sauce on the top to make it look beautiful and taste different. Even if you don't have authentic Espresso, you can still have the bitterness of Espresso by making a strong coffee at home.



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