Definition of caffè macchiato in English:

caffè macchiato

(also caffe macchiato, caffé macchiato)

Pronunciation /ˌkafeɪ makɪˈɑːtəʊ/


  • Coffee (usually espresso) served with a very small amount of hot or foamed milk; a drink of this.


1980s; earliest use found in New York Newsday. From Italian caffè macchiato coffee with a small amount of milk from caffè + macchiato, use as adjective of past participle of macchiare to stain from macchia spot.