What is a latte macchiato – How do you make this coffee

It is a feast for the eyes and taste buds. The literal translation of latte macchiato is spotted milk. The name comes from the method of preparation by adding the coffee to the warm milk and the milk froth, the milk looks stained. In addition, it is also creates the three beautiful layers in the glass.

Latte macchiato is a coffee beverage; the name literally means stained milk.
Latte macchiato is a coffee beverage; the name literally means stained milk.

It consists of warm milk , milk foam and espresso. When the latte macchiato is made correctly, the well-known three layers are created in the glass. This makes this hot drink not only a delicious drink to drink, but also a feast for the eyes.

Latte macchiato vs cappuccino: the differences

It is not surprising that the latte macchiato and cappuccino are sometimes confused: both types of coffee have the same basis, namely: milk foam, hot milk, and an espresso. Provided the coffee is well prepared, the difference is mainly in the way of serving and the proportions of the ingredients.

A cappuccino for 1/3 consists of espresso, 1/3 hot milk, and 1/3 milk foam. With a cappuccino, the milk and then the foam is poured onto a freshly brewed espresso. The latte macchiato consists of a larger proportion of milk, and the milk is put into the glass first. After this, the espresso is poured into the glass for the beautiful effect in the glass.

Flat white and wrong coffee are also coffees that are sometimes confused with the cappuccino. Always wanted to know what kind of coffee that is? Then read about the flat white here and about coffee wrong here.

Latte macchiato is a coffee beverage; the name literally means stained milk.

The perfect tips in 4 steps

Frothing milk

Make sure you have a good amount of milk froth as you would for a cappuccino

Pouring frothed milk

Fill your latte glass with the milk froth. Leave about 1 centimeter below the edge. 

Espresso set

Because the foam now has to rest, you can now make the espresso. 

Pouring in

Now carefully pour the espresso into the center of the glass on the milk foam. The characteristic edge is now formed because the espresso lies between the foam and the warm milk. 

How do you serve and drink

Due to the stratification of latte macchiato, we recommend serving this hot drink in a tall glass. In this way, the various ingredients are clearly visible. An extra-long spoon is recommended for stirring it, which can then be placed on a matching saucer.

Which beans are best for your latte macchiato?

Because the basis of the latte macchiato is espresso, we recommend powerful beans. Examples of this are: