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The Perfect Espresso Macchiato Recipe


Meaning marked or stained in Italian, it is a shot of espresso that has a dash of hot milk or dense froth added to the top of the shot. The addition of milk softens the intensity of the neat espresso.​​​​​​​


  • Coffee beans - a good Italian espresso roast is recommended.
  • A dash of hot milk or milk alternative of your choosing
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Step 1
The perfect espresso takes around 18 to 23 seconds (single shot) or 22 to 26 seconds for a double shot to extract, and uses around 7 to 8 grams of coffee beans for a single espresso.

Step 2
If using a manual bean to cup machine, tamp the beans beforehand. Fully automatic coffee machines will tamp the grinds for you.

Step 3
A De'longhi coffee machine features 15 bar pump pressure - this is the ideal pressure for a delicious espresso coffee with a good crema.

Step 4
Heat a dash of your chosen milk using the steam wand and add it to the top of your coffee.

Step 5

Top Tips:
  • Keep trying new coffee bean roasts, even if you have a "go to" brand you love. You never know what you might discover!
  • Did you know that you experience different flavour profiles with each sip of espresso? It is definitely best savoured!
  • Beans go off very quickly, and this will affect the taste of your espresso. Keep them stored in an air-tight or vacuum coffee container if you are not going to use them within three weeks. Keep your unused beans away from heat, light and moisture. We do not recommend freezing your beans, as they can easily get exposed to moisture and other foods in a freezer, which again will affect the taste. If you find you are not using them quickly enough, try buying them in smaller lots.
  • If you are using a coffee machine, keep it maintained and descale it regularly. Your machine will last much longer and give you many more years of trouble free service as a result.
  • Your espresso contains mostly water. If your water is of poor quality, and you are using a compatible coffee machine - a water filter can help improve the taste of your coffee.