How to Make a Macchiato

Coffee expert Mike Phillips explains how the macchiato does a great job of balancing the strong flavor of espresso with the sweetness and texture of steamed milk.

Released on 3/24/2010

Credits

Starring: Mike Phillips

Transcript

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(upbeat music)
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Hello, my name's Mike Phillips,
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and I'm with Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea.
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The macchiato, it's a fantastic drink.
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It's small, it's balanced,
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and it really does a good job of delivering both
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the flavor of the espresso, and the sweetness
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and texture of milk.
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We're gonna start off, setting up our pitcher
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with a little bit of cold milk.
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For a lot of drinks, I would pre-heat the cup,
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but for the macchiato, it's a very small,
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very delicate drink.
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It's not designed to be lingered over.
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You want to drink it fast, so we're just gonna
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let it retain the heat that it got on top of the machine.
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Having really well prepared espresso is always important,
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but more so for macchiato than possibly any other espresso
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and milk drink, in that the espresso is almost two-thirds
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of what is gonna be in that cup.
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So if it doesn't taste right, you're gonna know.
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The milk is gonna have a decent amount of froth on it,
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somewhat similar to a cappuccino.
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You want to tap your pitcher to knock out any bubbles
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you may have gotten in the steaming process.
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It's a small drink, it's delicate, it's balanced.
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Probably the favorite of many aficionados
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that really enjoy espresso, but just like
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a little bit of milk to cut it with.