The traditional Macchiato is a layered coffee drink with a somewhat strong espresso flavor. The word “macchiato” is an English word shortened for the Italian Caffé Macchiato, which means “marked” or “stained”. That means this drink is mostly make up of one element, Espresso, with just a splash of another, steamed milk.
Caffè macchiato, sometimes called espresso macchiato, is an espresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk, usually foamed. In Italian, macchiato means “stained” or “spotted” so the literal translation of caffè macchiato is “stained” or “marked coffee.”