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What Makes A Cappuccino Different From A Macchiato?
Many coffee drinks share mostly the same ingredients, such as espresso and steamed milk, and the biggest differences lie in the ratios. Lattes are espresso drinks topped with steamed milk, while mochas are just lattes with a few pumps of chocolate syrup, and a similar relationship can be found between cappuccinos and macchiatos.
Cappuccinos are made of espresso topped with equal parts steamed milk and a light milk foam, which makes for a slightly stronger espresso flavor. In the United States, two shots of espresso are the industry per-drink standard, so unless you ask for a “triple shot” or “single shot,” your cappuccino most likely comes with two shots.
Meanwhile, macchiatos are one or two shots of espresso topped with a small dollop of milk foam, in a cup the size of a shot glass. Andreas Willhoff, director of education at Halfwit Coffee Roasters, says that the word “macchiato” in Italian translates to “stained” or “marked,” indicative of the small “mark” of foam that dots the espresso shot.