Starbucks Caramel Macchiato
A Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Actually Isn't A Macchiato At All
By Kalea Martin
Starbucks' popular caramel macchiato is much different from a traditional Italian macchiato, which is simply espresso with a dollop of foam.
Macchiato means stained or marked, as the foam is stained by espresso. An Italian macchiato has two parts espresso and one part steamed milk, while Starbucks reverses the ratio.
Starbucks' caramel macchiato contains mostly milk with a splash of espresso, which technically means that it's not really a macchiato, although the foam is "stained" with espresso.
The authentic macchiato experience is also available at the coffee chain as an espresso macchiato, but it is a less popular menu item.
Meanwhile, outside of Starbucks, you can add caramel and vanilla to a latte to have a milkier coffee that is essentially what Starbucks calls a caramel macchiato.