We’ve got answers to the most commonly asked questions about popular coffee drinks, including the Macchiato.

If you’ve ever wondered what a macchiato is, you’re in good company. There’s a lot of confusion as to what makes a macchiato unique when compared to the flurry of other hot, cold and frozen-based coffee drinks out there. With terms like pour-over, drip, macchiato, caffe latte, cafe breve — and more — it can all get a little overwhelming.

We’re here to settle the score on what a macchiato is once and for all.

What is in a Macchiato Coffee?

What is a macchiato made of? Espresso and steamed milk. But the ratio of espresso to milk is important.

Traditionally, macchiatos have a shot of espresso and just a small layer of steamed milk added after the espresso.

Sometimes, a small amount of foamed milk can also be added to make what’s called a caffe macchiato.

Things get tricky, especially because many coffee shops brand their macchiatos differently. Many shops make what are called “latte macchiatos” — essentially a form of the latte, where espresso is poured into steamed milk.

The most important thing that differentiates macchiatos from lattes and cappuccinos is the amount of milk added, which is usually much less by comparison.

What’s the Difference Between a Cappuccino and a Macchiato?

A traditional cappuccino is made with equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. The foamed milk and an equal 1:1:1 ratio is what differentiates a cappuccino from a macchiato.

What’s the Difference Between a Latte and a Macchiato?

Lattes are generally made with the same ingredients as cappuccinos — that is, espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk.

The difference between a cappuccino and a latte is that lattes have more milk. Traditionally lattes have a 2:1 ratio of milk to espresso, but different coffee shops may use more or less milk for a distinctive flavor profile.

People also often wonder if a latte or macchiato is sweeter. Normally because of the natural lactose in milk, lattes are sweeter.

What Are the Two Types of Macchiato?

Macchiatos are traditionally served hot. But there are technically two types of macchiato: hot macchiatos and iced (cold) macchiatos. Iced macchiatos swap regular chilled milk for steamed milk.

Are Macchiatos Stronger than Regular Drip Coffee?

Yes. Espresso coffee, often referred to simply as espresso is brewed with high pressure and high heat, extracting a bolder flavor than drip coffee. Espresso’s unique brewing process also means that it has a higher caffeine content per ounce than regular coffee. The exception here would be cold brew, which steeps for far longer than drip coffee.

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Holly Key

About Holly Key

Holly grew up in the suburbs of Lake City, Florida, and cherishes the sweet memory of her mother regularly treating her to an Ellianos Cookies & Cream Freezer when she was young. Throughout her high school years, she remembers frequenting the drive-thru coffeehouse before classes for much-needed fuel. As Holly transitioned into college at Southeastern University to pursue a bachelor's degree, she continued to rely on an iced Tuscany Toffee latte to get her through late nights of studying. Her love of Ellianos has blossomed over the years, so when presented with the opportunity to combine her love of the coffee brand with her writing skill, she was quickly on board. Holly joined the Ellianos team early in 2021 to assist in content writing, and she has loved every moment. She currently resides in her hometown of Lake City, Florida, with her husband Alvin and dreams of continuing to be a part of the Ellianos family for years to come.

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