So What Exactly Is Starbucks’ New Menu Item, the Latte Macchiato?

Justin Caffier
(Photo: OBSEV / Flickr / Elliot Brown)

Starbucks faithful, rejoice. The coffee behemoth behind your favorite cups of liquid energy has added a new item to its permanent menu and it’s probably something you’ve never had before: the latte macchiato.

While on the surface these are two familiar words to the caffeine-initiated, the beverage is actually a novel, though simple, idea to most.


According to a Starbucks rep, “The Latte Macchiato is just two ingredients – espresso and milk – combining perfectly aerated whole milk free-poured, creating a meringue like foam, and then topped with two full, roasty espresso shots which are slowly poured through the foam ‘marking’ the milk with a signature espresso dot.”

The flat white, another recent entry to the Sbux menu that befuddled most customers at its time of introduction, wound up being a “runaway success” for the company according to CEO Howard Schultz, so it’s a fair assumption that Starbucks has done their homework and isn’t backing a dud. Time will tell.

As of today, January 5, 2016, the latte macchiato will join many other heavy hitters on the big menu board for your daily consumption, while seasonal specialties like eggnog and pumpkin spice lattes quickly come and go, often the only indicators of a lifetime passing us by with more rapidity each year.

Sorry that got a little dark. I haven’t had my coffee yet.


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