Caffe Latte Macchiato Description
Latte macchiato is a coffee beverage; the name means stained or marked milk. Marked as in an espresso stain on the milk used. It is a play on `Espresso macchiato` which is an espresso with a drop or two of milk or cream.
Latte macchiato differs significantly from caffe latte in several ways. First, in a latte macchiato, espresso is added to milk, rather than milk to espresso as in a caffe latte. Second, a latte macchiato features more foam, rather than simply hot milk. Finally, a latte macchiato is often a layered drink, rather than being mixed as in a caffe latte.
Simply, in a caffe latte, the emphasis is on the coffee, while in a latte macchiato, the emphasis is on the milk.
The macchia is the little spot of crema left on top of the milk to clearly distinguish that the beverage is a latte macchiato and not a caffe latte, where the espresso traditionally has been added before the milk, hence having no mark. Conversely, caffe macchiato, another similarly named beverage, is actually espresso "stained" with a small amount of milk.