Latte Macchiato in a glass
Food - Drink
How Does A Latte Macchiato Differ From An Espresso Macchiato?
If you ask a barista what a macchiato is, they'll most likely tell you it's an espresso topped with a very small amount of milk. However, the macchiato can be split into different subcategories, such as the more rare latte macchiato and more common espresso macchiato, and despite their similar names, these drinks have big differences.
On many cafe menus, "macchiato" is synonymous with an espresso macchiato, which is served in a demitasse, a cup that holds two to three fluid ounces. It’s prepared with a single shot of espresso topped with a couple of teaspoons of foam, and the Italian word "macchiato" literally translates to "stained," referring to its dollop of milk.
Served in a tall glass, the latte macchiato is neither a traditional latte or espresso macchiato: milk is steamed and added to a glass first, then pulled espresso is added on top. The drink is layered, rather than being stirred together, and comes with a coffee stain called a "macchia" on top — hence its affiliation with the macchiato name.