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How to Make a Caffe Macchiato

Learn how to make a caffe macchiato from the experts at Third Rail Coffee in this Howcast video.


My name is Mike Jones, and I'm a barista at Third Rail Coffee right by Washington Square Park in New York City. I'm going to teach you some basic coffee-making skills.

Okay, now I'm going to show you how to make a macchiato, this is one of my favorite espresso drinks. What it is, is just a shot of espresso with a little bit of foam on top. In Italian macchiato means marked, so it's literally just marked with a dollop of foam. However in North American and in other growing coffee traditions, people have used a little bit more milk, like one to two ounces instead of just the traditional dollop on top. So, I'm going to show you something that's half way in between there, which is how I like it, just a shot of espresso and then maybe an ounce of foamy milk. So I'm going to start off with pulling the shot, steaming the milk and then pouring.

Okay, so we have our nice foamy milk and a shot of espresso, now since it's a small drink, what I like to do is stir the shot a little bit. This way it incorporates all the flavors throughout it and when you take your first sip you don't get a bitter first impression. This is also sort of my personal preference for macchiato, many people won't do that, but I definitely recommend trying it out if you're getting a bitter ring right around the first sip. So then we have our foamy milk, then you're just going to pour it in, it's just going to be about an ounce and half. Alright, and that is a macchiato.

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