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My typical method of omitting the prefix to a variety of coffee ('caffè' something or other) may cause confusion with this drink, as there are in fact two varieties of macchiato- caffè and latte. In both cases, the Italian 'macchiato' refers to the stain or mark left by the coffee or milk when preceded by latte or caffè respectively.

The caffè macchiato is traditionally made using a shot of espresso with a small amount of milk. The milk is either turned in to a foam that sits on top of the espresso shot, creating a white spot, or added hot or cold to the espresso. The Italian method involves putting in the foamed milk first, before pouring the espresso through the middle of the foam to create a mark.

The latte macchiato reverses the ratios, with a higher proportion of milk than espresso. The amount of espresso added often amounts to less than a full shot and can even be less than half. The espresso is then gently poured on top of foamed milk, which is itself sitting on top of normal milk, creating a layered effect. This layered effect is one way in which the latte macchiato differs from a standard latte. Moreover the emphasis is very much on the milk in a latte macchiato, whilst in a latte it's the coffee which is more prominent.

by Kafevend

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