macchiato recipe
Macchiato Recipe
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Macchiato Recipe

When people around me ask me about my favorite type of coffee drink, they expect my answer to be some super specific rare brand of coffee,

but honestly a drink I can have every day without ever having enough is a classic macchiato.

Now if you somehow never heard of a macchiato, let me tell you a bit about it and how to make it.

Macchiato, an Italian word meaning “stained” or “marked,” is a delightful espresso-based coffee beverage known for its simplicity and rich flavor.

This popular coffee drink has found its way into coffeehouses and cafes around the world, offering a perfect balance between the intensity of espresso and the creaminess of milk.

So how do I make me some with a macchiato recipe?

classic macchiato
classic macchiato

Classic macchiato recipe

To make a classic Caffè Macchiato recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 shot (1-ounce) of freshly brewed espresso
  • A small amount of frothed milk (approximately 1-2 tablespoons)


  1. Brew a shot of espresso using your preferred coffee maker or espresso machine.
  2. While the espresso is brewing, froth a small amount of milk until it becomes creamy and velvety. You can use a milk frother or steam wand for this step.
  3. Once the espresso shot is ready, pour it into a small espresso cup or a demitasse.
  4. Gently spoon the frothed milk on top of the espresso. The amount of milk should be minimal, just enough to create a “stain” on the surface of the espresso.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy the bold flavors of the Caffè Macchiato.

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The origins of the macchiato recipe

The origins of macchiato recipe trace back to Italy, where it was first crafted as a simple espresso with a “stain” of milk.

In its purest form, the traditional macchiato features a shot of espresso “marked” with a dollop of foamed milk.

This minimalistic approach preserves the strong and bold essence of the espresso, providing a bittersweet experience that coffee enthusiasts cherish.

Variations of macchiato recipes

Over the years, various regional and global adaptations of macchiato have emerged, catering to different palates and preferences.

Iced Caramel Macchiato
Iced Caramel Macchiato

Here are some popular variations:

  1. Caffè Macchiato: Also known as Espresso Macchiato, this classic version contains a single shot of espresso topped with a small amount of frothed milk, creating a concentrated and intense flavor profile.
  2. Latte Macchiato: This inverted version of the traditional macchiato consists of steamed milk marked with a shot of espresso.
    The result is a creamier and more mellow taste compared to the traditional macchiato.
  3. Caramel Macchiato: A contemporary favorite, this version adds caramel syrup and vanilla to the latte macchiato, creating a sweeter and more indulgent experience.
    Too sweet for my taste, but a favorite among those with a sweet tooth.

Can I customize my Macchiato with flavored syrups or alternative milk options?

Yes, absolutely!

One of the appealing aspects of the Macchiato is its versatility, making it easy to customize according to personal preferences.

Flavored Syrups:

  • You can enhance the taste of your Macchiato by adding flavored syrups such as caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, or chocolate.
  • Simply drizzle a small amount of your preferred syrup into the drink after preparing the Macchiato, and stir gently to mix the flavors.

Alternative Milk Options:

  • If you have dietary restrictions or prefer non-dairy milk, you can substitute regular cow’s milk with alternative options like almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or others.
  • Each milk alternative imparts its unique flavor profile, so feel free to experiment and find the one that best complements your taste.

The macchiato, with its roots in Italy and evolving global adaptations, remains a beloved espresso-based coffee drink among coffee lovers.

Whether you prefer the simplicity of the Caffè Macchiato or the creaminess of the Latte Macchiato, these variations offer a delightful coffee experience suitable for any time of the day.

So, why not try making a macchiato at home and savor the harmonious marriage of espresso and milk in every sip?

Samual Dean
Samual Dean
Hi! I'm Samuel and I love coffee! Welcome to The Coffee Dose, the place to learn all about coffee! Here at The Coffee Dose I try to bring you recipes, how to guides, and reviews on everything coffee. From one coffee lover, to other coffee lovers!