Making an espresso macchiato is a lot simpler than it sounds. Here are 2 easy-to-follow recipes that will help you create the perfect espresso macchiato and latte macchiato.
1. How To Make An Espresso Macchiato
- 1 shot of espresso
- 1/2 cup of strongly brewed coffee
- 4 tablespoons of steamed milk (your choice—dairy or non-dairy)
- 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
- Cinnamon and/or cocoa powder (optional)
Make An Espresso Macchiato Cup
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
You will need freshly-ground espresso beans or coffee grounds, a milk frother, a thermometer, and a cup.
Step 2: Prepare The Espresso
Brew your espresso.
- Grind two teaspoons of fresh espresso beans and then use your favorite brewing method (e.g., an espresso machine, or stovetop moka pot) to prepare one shot of espresso.
- Make sure that the brewed coffee is between 195°F and 205°F. To ensure that the temperature is just right, use a thermometer to check before serving.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
Step 3: Froth The Milk
Once your espresso is prepared, start frothing the milk.
- Pour one cup of cold milk into the frother and then turn on the device until you see foam forming on top of the liquid.
- You can also add sugar or other flavorings if desired at this step.
Step 4: Assemble Your Drink
Now that everything is ready, it’s time to assemble your drink!
- Pour your espresso into a cup, and then top off with a thin layer of freshly-frothed milk.
- Use a spoon to swirl around so that all ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the drink. Enjoy!
2. How To Make A Latte Macchiato
- 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee
- 6 ounces of steamed milk
- 2 tablespoons of frothy foam
- 2 teaspoons of white sugar
Make A Latte Macchiato Cup
- Start by brewing a cup of strong coffee.
- Mix 1/2 of the milk with sugar, and stir well.
- Pour the steamed milk into the bottom of a transparent glass.
- Gently layer the freshly brewed coffee into the glass, above the espresso layer.
- Then top off with a steamed milk layer.
- In a separate container, heat 1/3 of the milk and foam together until they form a nice frothy foam.
- Add whipped cream, sprinkle in some cinnamon and/or cocoa powder for added flavor, and a beautiful presentation if desired.
- Gently spoon the remaining frothy foam into the top of the glass, to create a latte macchiato. Enjoy!
Here are some common questions about how to make a macchiato.
What is the difference between an espresso macchiato and a latte macchiato?
An espresso macchiato has a stronger coffee flavor, as it is made with espresso and steamed milk, while a latte macchiato has more of a milky flavor as it is made with steamed milk and frothy foam.
What's the difference between a latte and a macchiato?
The main difference between a latte and a macchiato is how the milk and espresso are layered.
- In a macchiato, the espresso is added first, then the coffee, and then steamed milk is poured over it. In a latte, the milk is added first and the espresso is gently layered, and milk foam on top of it.
- The latte has a thicker layer of foam than that found in a macchiato. The macchiato also contains more espresso than a latte, resulting in a bolder flavor.
What coffee is best for macchiato?
When making a macchiato, it's best to use espresso-based coffee. This will give the drink its iconic bold flavor and balanced creamy texture.
If you don’t have access to espresso, you can opt for a darker roast and use a French press or moka pot.
Tips & Tricks
- For a richer and creamier macchiato, use whole or 2% milk in the recipe. You can also add different flavors like hazelnut, caramel, or vanilla extract to enhance your drink.
- For a vegan drink, try almond, soy, or oat milk in place of cow’s milk.
- For a stronger espresso macchiato, you can use two shots of espresso instead of one, and adjust the amounts of coffee and milk accordingly.
- You can also opt for an iced macchiato! Just prepare the recipe as usual and then add ice cubes for a cool, summery twist.
With practice and patience, anyone can become an expert barista in their own home! Happy brewing!