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3-Step Recipe: How to Make a Macchiato

Maryna Gray Maryna Gray • July 30, 2021

What do you think of when you hear the word "macchiato"?

Do you picture a sweet, milky coffee drink topped with caramel syrup? Mocha sauce? What about whipped cream? 

If your answer is yes, you're not wrong. When you visit a chain coffee shop, you'll find many variations of the macchiato, including a latte macchiato and an iced caramel macchiato. But technically, these aren't authentic macchiatos. 


What Is a Macchiato? 

A macchiato is a shot or two of espresso topped with a splash of milk, typically foamed. That's it! It's often called an espresso macchiato, so if you want a true macchiato, you can also order a plain or espresso macchiato. 

Better yet, you can make a macchiato at home! 

How to Make a Macchiato 

Cook Time: 5 minutes 

What You Need

  • Espresso machine
  • Milk steamer 
  • Milk pitcher or cup

Your espresso machine likely has a built-in frothing feature. But if it doesn't, you can purchase a handheld milk steamer for $20 or less on Amazon or elsewhere.  


  • Double shot of espresso 
    While any coffee will work for espresso, some coffees are roasted specifically for espresso.
  • 1 oz. steamed milk 
    Because of its consistency, whole milk is easiest to froth. If you prefer a plant-based alternative, oat milk is best. Check out brands such as Oatly, Pacific Foods and Minor Figures. 


Step 1: Pull a double shot of espresso using an espresso machine and these step-by-step instructions

Step 2: Steam milk using espresso machine frother or handheld milk wand in milk pitcher or cup. As a general rule of thumb, the milk is done when the pitcher or cup is too hot for you to touch for more than two seconds. 

Step 3: Pour foamed milk over espresso and enjoy. 

How to Make a Caramel Macchiato

If you want a delicious caramel macchiato like the one you fell in love with at your local cafe, you can use the recipe above and simply drizzle some caramel syrup on top. You can also add some vanilla syrup for a dessert-like treat.

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