MACCHIATO – WET

This is not the name of an Italian punk band, but my favorito coffee.

I used to scoff and snarl, sometimes simultaneously, at people who ordered those half calf, non-fat, caramel, soy whatever the hecks at coffee houses… just like sushi in the 80’s, I thought this was just Americans trying to be cool. I now love sushi, but I still try to keep my coffee orders simple. MACCHIATO, WET.

The best coffee I ever had was in Spain. It was called a cortado. A cortado is essentially an espresso with a dash of hot milk. “Cortado” means “cut”. In Colombia a cortado is a Pintado (painted), except for it is made with strong cotton bag-filtered coffee instead. A macchiato is Italy’s version, but it is simply espresso with a little foam.

I have been a frustrated coffee drinker for years because I didn’t really know how to order a cortado in the US in coffee jargon until I tried someone’s Macchiato and doctored it up.  Macchiato is a button in most coffee house cash registers. Did I mention they are usually $1.98? Can someone explain why a latte is $3.50? Is milk so expensive?

 

MACCHIATO STEP TWO AND FOUR... add HALF AND HALF FOR STEP 3.

MACCHIATO STEP TWO AND FOUR… add HALF AND HALF FOR STEP 3.

MY MACCHIATO

Single Machiato-WET (with a splash of hot milk in addition to foam)
a splash of half and half
two packets of sugar in the raw (why ruin a masterpiece with fake sugar?)
stir to dissolve sugar for a while, take time to contemplate life like French people do (cigarette optional)
Take in the aroma, the beautiful caramel color and sip slowly.

By |2018-10-03T16:30:54+00:00August 11th, 2010|

2 Comments

  1. kinanda August 11, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    I love Machiatos. I have never tried it this way though. Sounds awesome and so economical. Thanks for the “hot” tip!

  2. shan August 11, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Mmmmmmmmmm….

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