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What’s the Difference Between a Latte & a Macchiato?

hot macchiato If you’re not a regular coffee drinker, ordering from a café may pose challenging, leading you to order the first item that catches your attention.  On the menu you’ll find a latte and a macchiato, but can you distinguish the difference?

If you decide to order a latte or a macchiato at random, you’re in luck! Both drinks are excellent ways to enjoy espresso. However, taking the time to learn about the differences between the two drinks can really pay off. By doing so, you ensure that you’re making a choice that’s just right for your taste buds.

Lattes and macchiatos both consist of one to two shots of espresso, depending on the size of the cup. The primary difference between the two drinks is the amount of milk that is added on top of the espresso.

A latte—or, in Italy, a “café latte”—contains a larger amount of milk than most traditional espresso drinks. If you know a bit of Italian, you’ll notice that the main ingredients are right in the name. The word “caffè latte” literally translates to “milk coffee.” A latte consists of 6 to 8 ounces of steamed milk that is poured over an espresso base. The steamed milk is then topped with a smooth layer of milk foam.

Lattes are very popular espresso drinks, especially in America and the drink is deliciously creamy. The drink is usually available in serving sizes that range from 8 to 12 ounces.

A macchiato is an espresso drink that consists of two shots of espresso that are topped with a layer of milk foam. The Italian “caffè macchiato” literally translates to “marked coffee.” There is usually no steamed milk at all in a macchiato. The espresso in a macchiato is more highly concentrated than it is in a latte so the macchiato has a much bolder flavor.

Macchiatos are a popular drink around the world, especially in European countries like Italy. In America, coffee lovers should be specific when ordering a macchiato; otherwise, they may end up with a milky, caramel-flavored imposter. A serving size of a traditional macchiato is small with the 2 ounces of espresso making up the bulk of the drink. Macchiatos are rich, flavor-packed beverages that are perfect for sipping slowly.

So, should you order a latte or a macchiato? That’s entirely up to you. Experiment with the many espresso options available, and enjoy! Stop into one of our locations to sip on a macchiato or latte!


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