On days when we’re rushing requirements and readings, we tend to crave the atmosphere of a great coffee shop where everyone is just doing their own thing in sipping and munching on cups of coffee and pastries.
On days like that, all we order is a warm cup of latte macchiato — it has the effect of waking us up with the espresso but still is mild enough to feel like a hug in a mug.
It’s such a staple that we missed it when quarantine happened since then, we’ve scoured the internet for the best latte macchiato recipe, and we are more than happy to guide you through making the this one at home.
Ready? Let’s get started!
Making the Espresso
If you are looking to make something akin to an authentic blue macchiato found in Italy, one needs to make espresso because using a strong coffee simply won’t do.
In making espresso, you are going to be needing an espresso roast coffee and an espresso machine (not everyone has a fancy espresso machine at home, so using a manual espresso maker or even an Aeropress will do)
Just make the espresso as you would typically do.
Making the Frothed Milk
Whole milk is the most ideal milk to use if you want to make some frothed milk, but another alternative is 2% milk, especially if you are using a manual milk frother.
It is essential to froth milk that is as fresh as possible; milk that is close to expiring would not form as well as fresh milk.
The good news for our vegan coffee lovers, fresh dairy milk can be substituted with a vegan alternative.
The best vegan milk we would recommend is oat milk; not only does it froths amazingly, but it adds to the overall flavor profile because of its great flavor.
Usually, an espresso machine is needed to froth milk, but thankfully the process has been made accessible by milk frothers.
It’s the fastest and the easiest so far, and it will give you the option of using less milk but still giving you a lot of foam.
Another effective alternative is using a whisk, now, this is a bit of stretch, and a lot of arm strength is needed in using this tool to froth.
One more thing more about milk froth is you customize it to whatever drink you will be having.
For our macchiato drink and a cappuccino, larger bubbles are needed.
- 1 shot or 2 espresso shot
- 1/2 cup or 125 ml of 2% or 3.2% milk
- Brew a shot of espresso, and to make the espresso, you either do it with a manual espresso maker or an espresso machine.
- After you make it, pour it into a mug or a little espresso shot glass to be poured in a tall glass for later.
- Steam your milk of choice with the use of your espresso machine, or do it manually by placing a small pot on a stovetop, heating the milk in medium heat while stirring frequently, and stopping when bubbles begin to form.
- Make a frothed milk by using your espresso machine, a milk frother, or a French press.
- If no machine is available, do it manually by whisking the heated milk vigorously or using a handheld or table whisk if available.
- After that, pour the warm frothed milk into your best coffee mug — almost all the way full.
- When a layer of microfoam foam is formed on top, slowly pour the espresso shot aiming it on the middle of the mug.
- By doing this step and aiming it in the middle, you are going to form that beautiful coffee dot on the center of the foam.
- Serve, and you are ready to enjoy your delicious caramel-colored Latte Macchiato!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1.5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g
Tips and Tricks
A latte macchiato is a pretty straightforward drink essentially made with just milk and a shot of espresso, so adding to this drink will turn it into a whole new other cup of coffee; you are doing it at home, and a coffee shop rules are out of the door!
If you are not looking to drink a hot cup, you can always add ice!
Adding flavor shots like vanilla and caramel will turn your drink into a flavored macchiato.
Caffe Macchiato vs Latte Macchiato
Caffe Macchiato or also sometimes referred to as Espresso Macchiato and a Latte Macchiato may sound similar, but their taste is almost polar opposites.
A Caffe Macchiato has a bolder taste, with the espresso being the star, while the Latte Macchiato is on the creamier side.
A Caffe Macchiato is espresso stained with milk, while the Latte Macchiato is the other way around; it is steamed milk topped with frothed milk and marked with espresso for the people who are looking for a creamier drink.
What we are going to be concocting in this article is the milkier latte macchiato.
Other Latte-Based Drinks
- Iced Chai Tea Latte Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)
- What is a Spanish Latte? Here’s How You Can Make One at Home
- Caramel Latte Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)
- Iced Caramel Latte Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)
What is in a Latte Macchiato?
A latte macchiato is usually presented in a tall glass and is made of distinct layers of milk, espresso, and milk foam.
A good latte macchiato has a visible layer of milk on the bottom, a layer of espresso on the middle, and a layer of bubbly milk foam on top.
What is the difference between a Latte and a Latte Macchiato?
A latte macchiato and a latte (also known as caffe latte) have two main ingredients: milk and espresso, and the similarities end there.
A latte macchiato’s espresso is poured last, resulting in an espresso first solid sip. In contrast, a caffe latte has a more balanced flavor because the milk and espresso are mixed evenly.
A latte macchiato is marked with espresso, hence the name, while, on the other hand, a caffe latte is finished with a layer of foam.
A latte macchiato’s milk is steamed, whereas a caffe latte uses a 2% milk that is perfectly complementary with the roasty espresso.