Caramel macchiato

  • Recipe difficulty: Easy
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  • 30 ml of espresso coffee
  • 25 ml of cold milk
  • 150 ml of hot milk
  • Caramel syrup (amounts may vary, depending on the size of the glass and personal preferences)
  • Your De'Longhi coffee machine
  • A tall caffelatte glass
  • A metal milk jug and milk thermometer (or use and electric milk frother or the integrated milk frothing and temperature functions on your coffee machine if available)


A variation of a Latte Macchiato, which is a very milky coffee with a small caffeine boost from a shot of espresso, adding caramel syrup makes the Caramel Macchiato a sweet and creamy treat.

The term Macchiato literally translates as ‘stained’ or ‘marked’, as the addition of just a splash of black coffee on white milk ‘marks’ the drink and differentiates it. The milk to coffee ratio in a Latte Macchiato is generally greater than that of a Caffé Latte.

As the term 'Macchiato' predates the common usage of foam – used in coffee for centuries –milk was traditionally used in Macchiato rather than foam. However, a modern day Latte Macchiato tends to have three layers in a tall glass – warm milk at the bottom, milky coffee in the middle and milk foam at the top.


  1. Pour the syrup down the inside of the glass.
  2. Pour first the cold milk and then the whisked hot milk into the glass.
  3. Add the milk foam.
  4. Prepare the espresso and pour it into the glass.
  5. Add a bonnet of milk foam.


With the steam wand of your De’Longhi machine, heat and froth the milk, or you can use an electric milk frother. Pour the milk into a warmed glass - by warming the glass first you will serve your drink at the optimum temperature. Make your espresso coffee and add caramel syrup to taste – approx. 1tbsp. Slowly pour on top of the milk so that the coffee will form a layer between the milk and froth. Drizzle more caramel sauce on top to decorate.

Use a De’Longhi Pump Espresso to make a perfect espresso. With two separate thermostats, allowing for water and steam pressure to be controlled separately, you can always brew your coffee at the perfect temperature. Pump espresso machines are also a convenient way to froth milk for a Latte Macchiato, as they have an integrated steam thermometer. 


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