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How to Make it without an Espresso Machine, What is It & How to Order

It may seem impossible for 64% of the American population to begin their day without a steaming cup of their favorite coffee.

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world with as many as 400 million cups being consumed every day by Americans alone! This accounts for 146 billion cups of coffee annually consumed in the United States.

However, if you are someone who likes experimenting with their drink and has no problem trying something new, a great drink to consider is the macchiato.

If you wan to learn how to make a macchiato without an espresso machine at home then we have a tried and tested recipe for you.

 
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The word macchiato literally means “marked” or “stained” and refers to espresso that is “marked” or “stained” with a spoonful of foamed milk in a glass tumbler.

The milk added is just enough to dot the surface of the rich and dark espresso, and light enough to pierce the black surface, but not more than a small stain.

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But First - Why Caffeine?

Coffee and tea are both drinks that contain caffeine – a Central Nervous System stimulant. This stimulant enhances concentration and increases metabolism while also boosting mood (learn more here).

Caffeine can act as a wake-up call every morning in the form of hot coffee or tea. In fact, another great way to get your daily dose of caffeine is with a fun coffee or white tea shot at your weekend party!

This makes coffee among the most enjoyed drinks across the world, in a number of different kinds and styles; which brings us back to the topic – what is a macchiato?

What is a Macchiato?

A macchiato is typically steamed milk and espresso beverage. It also known as a Caffe Macchiato or an Espresso Macchiato. Originally served in local coffee shops in Italy. The luscious creaminess and rich taste make this an incredible drink to enjoy.

The word macchiato literally means “marked” or “stained” and refers to espresso that is “marked” or “stained” with a spoonful of foamed milk in a glass tumbler.

The milk added is just enough to dot the surface of the rich and dark espresso, and light enough to pierce the black surface, but not more than a small stain.

Macchiato is primarily made from espresso. However, the main difference between an espresso and a macchiato is the robust flavor and body that is added with just the smallest hint of cream.

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How Did the Macchiato Come To Be?

History goes that macchiato was created out of a desire for Italian baristas to signal to staff coffee that needed milk versus coffee that did not. Baristas wanted a signal that could be used to show staff which coffee needed milk.

A spot of milk was thus added to the drinks where customers wanted additional cream. The macchiato thus came to be, derived from the Italian word for ‘marked’ or ‘stained’.

The traditional macchiato has now evolved to include a wide range of flavors and styles, with larger quantities of hot milk and syrups such as caramel.

How to Order a Macchiato?

Ordering a macchiato is as simple as putting in a request with your barista and making a preference for your favorite milk or any additional syrup or flavors.

There may be some coffee shops that serve two distinct drinks – a latte macchiato and espresso macchiato. You can confirm what the drink contains with your barista before placing your order.

One of the most popular additions to make to your macchiato is caramel syrup. While this may not be a preference for traditional coffee drinkers, those with a sweet tooth may definitely enjoy this new twist to the traditional Italian drink!

Another option that you will have when placing your macchiato order is whether you would like your drink made with almond milk, oat milk, or regular milk.

With a surge in veganism and vegetarianism, almond milk and oat milk are among the more popular and fat-free options for weight and eco-conscious coffee drinkers.

However, if you enjoy your coffee with traditional milk, a regular macchiato would be perfect for you!

how to make latte macchiato portionsMacchiatos are also commonly available iced, making these the perfect drink for hot summers! Opt for a tall macchiato to beat the blistering heat, and a hot cup to hold in your palms on a cold day at home.

 
 

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How to Make a Macchiato without an Espresso Machine?

You don’t need a fancy espresso machine to make a great macchiato

If you want to make the classic macchiato at home, but don’t have an espresso machine, follow these steps to create the perfect cup:

  1. You’re going to be using a Moka Pot to get your espresso shot. Grind the beans a little coarser than you would for a typical espresso shot.
  2. Heat milk up on the stove. Beat the milk with a whisk until you reach the desired texture.
  3. For the macchiato shot simply pour the shot into a small cup and add a dash of foam on top.
  4. For the macchiato latte the steamed milk is poured into the glass first then the espresso is added to the milk. Add a dash of foam on top.
  5. Serve your drink with a garnish of cinnamon or sugar for a hint of sweetness.

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Conclusion

Macchiatos are among the most enjoyed coffee drinks with a number of variations to choose from! Opt for a drink from your local coffee shop or make one at home yourself. In either case, we can be sure you will be left in raptures after every sip!

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