36 responses

  1. italiana
    November 10, 2011

    just to let you know, there is an error in the macchiato. A macchiato is an espresso with a ‘stain’ or splash of milk, not the reverse as you have it.

  2. Smit P.
    November 11, 2011


  3. Walter
    November 12, 2011


    I think that is the correct way too but there is also some debate about how to make a macchiato.

  4. Kitty
    November 12, 2011

    A macchiato has a splash of milk. The cappuccino has only foam.

  5. nick
    November 12, 2011

    Not overly accurate, esp the pronunciation of many. cool page though

  6. Jaime
    November 13, 2011

    There are two macchiatos shown. The espresso macchiato is espresso with a bit of milk foam. The latte macchiato is milk with a bit of espresso, which is also correct. There’s not just one kind of macchiato.

  7. geoff
    November 13, 2011

    where’s the ristretto?

  8. Sean
    November 14, 2011

    Actually, that is a macchiato. What you’re referring to is known as an espresso macchiato.

  9. kanarfnargan
    November 15, 2011

    That would be why it is labeled a “latte macchiato”. Latte being the key word…more milk.

  10. Stacy
    November 15, 2011

    Love the graphics. They should put these up in all coffee houses. How can I get a print?

  11. Jimmy Dell
    November 16, 2011

    This is the Rosetta stone for Starbucks; well done.

  12. Vijay
    November 17, 2011

    @Stacy This photo can be downloaded for print. This was distributed by Flickr user under CC license.

  13. Oktayerz
    November 17, 2011


  14. immikey
    November 19, 2011

    Espresso macchiato is espresso with a splash of milk. Latte macchiato is milk with a splash of espresso. Dig?

  15. Matt
    January 8, 2012

    Cafe au Lait is shown wrong. Considering you are supposed to pour them simultaneously, they should be side by side.

  16. Tiffany Youngren
    January 15, 2012

    Great visual! At our coffee shop (when we had it), we did lots of educating on different types of drinks. SOOO many **Bucks fans think a macchiato is a carmel latte. :) Any new customer requesting a macchiato was politely asked “would you like sweetener with that?” and if they gave us a puzzled look and said “doesn’t that come with caramel?” got the explanation of drinks.

    Cool image!

    ~ Tiffany

    Transfer of Health

  17. Deborah Levine
    January 19, 2012

    I love love love it!!!Deb

  18. Shannon Steffen | Human SEO
    February 19, 2012

    Absolutely brilliant! I’m a coffee addict and this is the first diagram that I’ve found to help others understand how to make the perfect coffee. Thanks!

  19. sara
    February 28, 2012

    You are looking at the latte macchiato, the espresso macchiato is listed at the top :)

  20. Calie
    March 7, 2012

    the cappuccino is correct. foam only implies the cappuccino is dry. otherwise the cappuccino is approx. 1/2 milk 1/2 foam.

  21. Joyce
    April 1, 2012

    Thanks for the recipes.

  22. edithcuth
    April 15, 2012

    in the last 2 diagrams, what do they mean by ‘coffee’?

  23. Italian Guy
    April 22, 2012

    That was my question as well..

  24. Italian Guy
    April 22, 2012

    Espresso Macchiato is wrong, at least here in italy we mean it as espresso with a tiny bit of milk with foam so Cappuccino is basically the same but with more milk and a lot more foam!

  25. mary(starbucksgrl)
    April 24, 2012

    I haven’t read all post but just from the first few….Your all wrong even the person who created this…..A Macchiato is steamed milk then foam topped with espresso. but it can be stirred. A cappuccino does have steamed milk but it contains more foam then milk it must be light or else its just a latte.

  26. Boohoo
    April 26, 2012

    If you insist on poisoning good coffee with milk there’s no hope for you.

  27. bobby bentz
    November 17, 2012

    Thank for sharing. I just started drinking coffee a year ago. I’m not a fanatic but I do enjoy it. Great chart as well. I’ll have to mix it up a bit now instead of trying the same old cup of joe.
    Bobby Bentz, author of Christian Controversy

  28. Maestro
    January 7, 2013

    There is nothing wrong with the coffee recipes listed here. These are the original italian espresso coffee recipes. Ppl in north america are using these recipes but the prepare them wrong.

  29. Yvonne
    January 19, 2013

    What you’re talking about is what they call the espresso macchiato, aka the origin of macchiato. It is shown correctly on the first row. It’s generally done with milk foam to create the fluffy texture, not with milk itself. The one you thought they sowed incorrectly is a latte macchiato, which is what most cafe call macchiato nowadays in North America. That is also shown correctly and is a different drink than the espresso macchiato. Please don’t confuse the two.. @italiana

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