I cede that for many of y’all, you already know all about this well-known myth, but for those that are still in the dark, I want to shed light on one of the largest misconceptions out there about this espresso drink. Hopefully this will save you the disappointment of ordering a macchiato in a non-Starbucks coffee shop.

Let’s start by what a macchiato is not.

A macchiato is not the same as a Starbucks caramel macchiato. So let’s first define what that is. A Starbucks macchiato is an espresso drink composed of espresso, vanilla syrup, steamed milk, a little milk foam, and some caramel drizzle on top. As you can see and perhaps have even tasted, it’s a very sweet drink. It’s also a very large drink as it is a latte.


So what is a macchiato?

A macchiato does in fact contain espresso, but that’s about all it has in common with its Starbucks counterpart. A true macchiato is a single shot of espresso with a little milk foam on top. No frills.


Now you can imagine how disappointed and confused one might be if they order what they believe to be a latte drink, and the barista brings out a tiny cup of espresso. Don’t be that guy…knowledge is power!