Have you ever wondered what differentiates a Macchiato from a Latte? It isn’t the type of syrup the barista stirs into the beverage and it isn’t the size. Rather, the names are based on a traditional Italian coffee variety. Discover how to take your coffee like a true Italian.
When you order a shot of espresso in Italy, you ask for un caffè. This small concentrated caffeinated beverage is made by forcing steam through ground coffee beans. Sip quickly, and follow it with a biscuit or chocolate cookie.
In America, the barista will most likely ask you what size you would like to take your cappuccino. However, in Italy, you will never hear this question. Traditionally, a cappuccino is ⅓ espresso, ⅓ steamed milk, and ⅓ foam. It’s a small cup, but it packs enough energy to get you through the day or a large meal.
Think somewhere between a cappuccino and a shot of espresso. A macchiato is traditionally one shot of espresso, and equal parts steamed milk. It’s a sweeter way to enjoy an espresso, and even better when paired with a chocolate or biscotti.
The Latte consists mostly of milk. It’s one shot of espresso followed by ⅔ steamed milk. Italians often take their coffee with fresh, whole milk, so a latte is commonly sweet to the taste. You will most likely find Italians enjoying lattes early in the morning, before noon.
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