Starting today, there's one more drink to ponder when you're standing in line at Starbucks. Meet the latte macchiato, a milky drink with two or more shots of espresso added to the mix and a foam layer on top. As Starbucks explains it to BuzzFeed:
The new latte macchiato features steamed whole milk that is perfectly aerated and free-poured creating dense foam reminiscent of meringue. The beverage is then marked by slowly poured full espresso shots, creating a signature espresso dot. Starbucks baristas will use this carefully crafted technique to draw out an intensely bold and roasty flavor that highlights the Starbucks espresso in the beverage.
The drink isn't such a departure from the majority of Starbucks' drinks, which are made with espresso and steamed milk—it looks similar to the cappuccino with a slightly less fluffy layer of foam on top. But something similar could be said for the Starbucks flat white, which debuted early last year and created a decent amount of buzz.
Like that drink, the latte macchiato is likely an effort by the coffee giant to hold onto its market share as third-wave coffee shops like Blue Bottle, La Colombe and others continue to gain steam. Peet's—which bought Stumptown and took a majority stake in Intelligentsia late last year—is also making a major play in the market.
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