My love of Starbucks has grown just a little today with the release of their new masterpiece, the Latte Macchiato. When I heard about the announcement, I was a little confused. The Caramel Macchiato has been a Starbuck drink for years, and happens to be pretty good.
The idea of the multi-layered Macchiato isn’t new. Macchiato actually means ‘stained' or ‘spotted'. The espresso is ‘stained’ with the addition of either hot or cold milk. It has been around for decades. The term ‘Latte Macchiato’ essentially means your steamed milk has a spot of espresso. So if you don’t love the stern taste of espresso, this is a great way to go.
Starbucks has brought the Latte Macchiato out for something new and fresh to their menu. Teaching a new generation of coffee drinkers about this technique of steaming the milk until it’s smooth and creamy with a subtle sweetness then it is topped by the lovely frothy foam. The espresso is poured through the foam, creating a lovely swirling or staining of the foam.
The simple and smooth taste brings out the flavor of the rich espresso that is often smothered out by flavored syrups.
What I really enjoyed about this drink is that you can taste the layers. At first taste you get the bold espresso mixed with the foam, it is strong and distinct. Then as you get through the foam you get the richer and more dominate espresso as it is mixing with the milk. The bottom of the cup is where the velvety sweetness of the stretched milk hides out. The harmony of flavors is a treat.
It’s not a new idea, but it is a great addition the Starbucks menu. I like the Flat White, but it can be a little too acidic for an afternoon drink. However, this sits sweetly and isn’t too tart, even a full caff, which I normally avoid in the afternoon didn’t make my stomach too fussy.
It’s cold and rainy here in Seattle, and a great excuse to get out and try something new.
If you try it, let me know what you think!