Starting Tuesday, Starbucks customers will be able to purchase a Latte Macchiato, a new drink on the coffee chain’s menu in the U.S., Canada and select parts of Latin America.
Coffee novices might think it sounds like the brand is running out of beverage names, but the latte macchiato is well-known among java experts. The drink is traditionally made by pouring shots of espresso into a glass of steamed milk so that it looks like the coffee “stains” the milk, as opposed to pouring frothed milk into the espresso (a cappuccino), or putting a dollop of steamed milk on top of the espresso (a macchiato).
Starbucks released an infographic in an attempt to clarify the differences between its various espresso drinks — don’t forget to caffeinate before reading.
More detailed explanations can be found in an online version of the book Espresso: Ultimate Coffee, nominated for a James Beard award.
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