Almost everyone indulges in a cup of coffee in the morning. If you are one of the select few who doesn’t, why on earth don’t you? For those who do drink this amazing beverage, you probably have bumped into one of the coffee drinks that is making the cappuccino lose its popularity.

The macchiato.

Pronounced “mah-key-ah-toe”, what exactly is this Italian drink, and will I like it? Let’s find out, shall we?

What is a Macchiato?

Macchiato Coffee

Caffe macchiato, espresso macchiato, or whatever other names your local coffee shop may decide to call it, is an espresso with a small amount of milk, oftentimes micro-foam. Macchiato is Italian for “stained’ so it’s actually “stained coffee”. Stained with milk of course. This means this beverage is more of your regular espresso but with a touch of milk to enhance the taste of the coffee.

Because a macchiato contains more espresso ratio-wise, it has a stronger, bolder flavor. If you enjoy cappuccino but still want to taste more of the espresso, then it’s time to switch to a macchiato.

Is there a Difference Between a Macchiato and a Mocha?

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Menus at the local coffee shop can be confusing, not to mention intimidating. What with all the foreign names given to the beverages. I mean, what gives? Many people settle for just any beverage for fear of embarrassing themselves, or sometimes the fear of ordering a coffee drink that will be too strong or too weak (I’m sure you don’t appreciate spending money on something you don’t like).

Macchiatos and mochas do that a lot.

What is the difference between the two, if any? Actually, there is a big difference.

To understand the difference, you need to know…

What is a Mocha?


A mocha is a variation of a latte and is sometimes called a mochaccino. With the same espresso to milk ratios as a latte, the mocha differs in that it has chocolate in it. Milk, white, or dark chocolate, the choice is yours. This drink is definitely for the chocolate lovers.  Besides, chocolate and coffee make the perfect marriage. This is evident in confections that require chocolate - they usually have a bit of coffee added, and the result is always heavenly.

There are more than a dozen variations of the mocha depending on the coffee house. Some replace the milk froth with whipped milk, others add a marshmallow on top or a dash of cocoa powder, hazelnut, almond, or even cinnamon. If it’s pleasing to the taste and customers rate it well, on the menu it goes.

One of the people’s favorites of the mocha variants is the mocha latte. The subtle difference between it and a regular mocha is the ratio of ingredients used -  1/8 espresso, 5/8 steamed milk, 1/8 hot, 1/8 foamed milk chocolate as compared to - 2/5 espresso, 2/5 chocolate, 1/5 steamed milk of a regular mocha, which may or may not have the foam.

Now that you know what a mocha is, let’s get back to our main query, the difference between a macchiato and mocha.

  • ​Mocha - has chocolate added to espresso. This is the main difference as already seen.
  • ​Macchiato - has a bolder espresso taste while a mocha has a sweetness due to the chocolate.

​Okay, I get the difference between a mocha and a macchiato, but isn’t a macchiato just a latte?  Is it?

Macchiato VS Latte: The Show-Down

Mocha vs Macchiato

First of all, the names say it all. What, you don’t speak Italian? Don’t worry, when it comes to coffee, I do.

  • ​Latte – this is “milk”, and its full name, “caffe latte” means “milky coffee”.
  • ​Macchiato – this is Italian for stained. Therefore a macchiato is an espresso “stained” with milk. Simply put, a macchiato doesn’t have as much milk as a latte.

​Apart from the names and compositions, lattes and macchiatos have distinct, different tastes that cater for different palates.

The World of Coffee – An Adventure Waiting for You


The world of coffee is one big tasty adventure. Gone are the days when the choice was limited to black or white. In order to determine which coffee beverage you enjoy the most, you have to be willing to go on the adventure. From double espressos to lattes to macchiatos to mochas to everything in between, you have to taste them all to appreciate them and discover your “sweet spot”. One simple way to know which you will prefer over the others is to find out the compositions of what goes into the beverage and the ratios.

Ready for the adventure? Let’s go!

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