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Should I Drink A Cappuccino or Macchiato? What Is It?

Cappuccino and macchiato main difference is the amount of milk you use in one cup of coffee. Secondly, the creamy texture for a cappuccino more than a macchiato coffee drink.

Drinking a cup of coffee anytime of the day is the best feeling in the world. They are so much variety of coffee nowadays. It is hard to choose what coffee suits me and my likely. Today we are going to difference of two popular coffee drinks: cappuccino and macchiato.

Cappuccino and macchiato are both amazing coffee drinks find in anywhere coffee shop. Two of the most common coffee drinks

We are going in-depth on what are the difference between the two popular coffee drinks. Then next time you go in to your local coffee shop or Starbucks. You will order the coffee drink that is right for you.

What is a cappuccino?

what is a cappuccino infographic
Cappuccino infographic: Source

A cappuccino is a popular coffee drink from Italy. The coffee drink is made with espresso (bittersweet coffee, highly concentrated) or from arabica coffee beans. In a cup of cappuccino you add steam milk and milk foam on top. It falls in between a latte and a macchiato. 

Espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam are all use in equal measure to make the coffee beverage known as a cappuccino.The process of making a it is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 milk, 1/3 steam milk, a perfect and airy balance between espresso and milk. The process for making the drink is as followed:


  1. Brew a shot or two of espresso
  2. The espresso is then combined with a small amount of steamed milk to create the rich texture
  3. a layer of milk foam is added on top of the drink. To add air to the milk and creates a creamy, bubbly texture
  4. Have Fun. Add Chocolate powder, Caramel, or serve it with ice.

They are lots of new variation to create a cappuccino, which you will get a guide here. But for now the 2 most common kind to serve at your local coffee shop are: dry cappuccino and wet cappuccino. As explained here by The New York Times "Some baristas make cappuccinos with separate layers, while others prefer a consistent blend in each sip".

What is dry cappuccino?

Dry cappuccino have less milk and more foam creating a drink that is mostly foam with a small amount of espresso and milk.

What is wet cappuccino?

Wet cappuccino have more milk and less foam creating a drink that is mostly milk with a small amount of foam and espresso.

What is a macchiato?

Macchiato Coffee
Caramel Macchiato: Photo

A macchiato is a coffee drink that is made by adding a small amount of foam milk to an espresso shot. The word "macchiato" means "marked" or "stained" in Italian referring to the small amount of milk that is added to the espresso to "mark" or "stain" it.

Macchiato sometimes refer to Caffe Macchiato, Espresso Macchiato, and a new version of Caramel Macchiato. Macchiato have only two ingredients: espresso and heated milk. The only ingredients in a macchiato are espresso and heated milk. The coffee drink contains a lot of espresso and typically have a thin layer or of milk on top. Due to the fact that they just need to hold the espresso and a small amount of milk, macchiatos generally come in smaller cups.

Process of making a macchiato at home, is by using a moka pot. You can use any kind of coffee to make, but the equipment to have at home for brewing coffee is a moka pot.


  1. Start by brewing a single shot of espresso. Use fresh, high-quality beans and a clean espresso machine to ensure the best flavor.
  2. Prepare a small amount of foamed milk by using a handheld frothier to whisk the milk by hand.
  3. Once the espresso is brewed and the foamed milk is ready, pour the shot of espresso into a small glass or ceramic cup.
  4. Enjoy while it's warm. Have fun by adding caramel for a sweeter taste.

They are different variations of macchiato but the two most common drink you can find at your local coffee shop are: espresso macchiato and caramel macchiato. Check out the guide here for what are the main 6 variation of macchiato coffee.

What is espresso macchiato?

Espresso macchiato is a traditional version of the macchiato, made with a single shot of espresso and a small dollop of foamed milk on top. Very similar to a espresso shot except with heated milk to have a smooth coffee taste.

What is caramel macchiato?

Caramel macchiato includes a drizzle of caramel syrup and is often served with textured milk and a sprinkle of caramel shavings on top. A good and perfect coffee for people who prefer stronger coffee drink but do not want to drink an espresso in the evening.

Finally Thoughts

Choosing a cappuccino or a macchiato when ordering an espresso beverage at your neighborhood coffee shop is always a wise move. Although they are comparable, a cappuccino will be the ideal, smooth drink to choose if you want a balance of espresso, milk, and foam.

Order a macchiato if you're in the mood for something a little stronger. If you don't want any milk in your coffee but yet want something potent and boldly caffeinated, an espresso will do.

If you are like us and want to make coffee at home go with macchiato drink. Easy, simple, and quick to make and drink coffee at anytime of the day.

Want to make smoothies at home, check out the time-less strawberry smoothie here.

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