A macchiato is a popular espresso-based coffee drink that originated in Italy. The term “macchiato” means “stained” or “spotted” in Italian. There are two main types of macchiatos:

  1. Espresso Macchiato: This is a shot of espresso with a small amount of milk or foam on top. The milk “stains” the espresso, creating a bolder flavor than a plain shot of espresso.
  2. Latte Macchiato: In this version, steamed milk is poured into a glass, and a shot of espresso is then added, creating a layered effect. The espresso “stains” the milk, resulting in a milder coffee flavor compared to the espresso macchiato.

The ratio of espresso to milk can vary based on personal preference, and some variations also include flavored syrups or caramel drizzle on top for added sweetness.

Macchiatos are typically served in small cups and are enjoyed by coffee enthusiasts around the world.

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