What Is Espresso Macchiato?

While “Macchiato" is commonly used to describe the coffee beverage, it is in fact an Italian word which means "stained" or "spotted," or "marked coffee."

A Macchiato is an espresso shot that has had some milk foam added to the top of the shot. By adding milk foam to the espresso, it is possible to reduce its bitterness while keeping the espresso's richness, density, and sweetness. What influences its flavor are the same as those that influence the flavor of a regular espresso, 

When it comes to the sweetness of macchiatos, it all depends on how they're made in the traditional manner. Traditional ones do not contain any syrup, and as a result, they are less sweet unless a sweetener is added to them in some manner.

The majority of the time, an espresso macchiato tastes like espresso. Despite the fact that it has a rich and bold flavor, you will be able to detect any subtle notes present in the craft beans that were used to brew the shots.

Because of the small amount of steamed milk that has been added, this shot of espresso will have a slightly less bitter aftertaste when compared to a shot of espresso. A more potent beverage with a hint of sweetness to it. And for those who find a cappuccino to be too light and milky tasting, the espresso macchiato is the perfect blend of espresso and milk.

Drinking it from a mug is the intended method of serving and drinking it. This would provide you with a taste of caramel, espresso, and sweet milk all in one sip, while also allowing you to appreciate the foam and body of the drink.

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