On January 5, Starbucks is launching a new drink called Latte Macchiato, and customers are already buzzing in anticipation of this new menu item.
Apparently, the drink will be introduced across the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Aruba, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Colombia, Panama and Curacao.
As the company’s official website explains, the beverage, whose price range is between $3.75 and $4.25, is actually a new type of espresso created as a layered drink.
By frothing whole milk and then pouring it into a glass, light airy foam, quite similar to that of meringue, immediately appears at the top, while the bottom still consists of heavier, liquid milk.
Afterwards, gently adding two standard shots of espresso, slowly but steadily, makes it possible to create a new layer between the initial duo of steamed milk and spumescent foam, thus giving the drink its special appearance.
Latte macchiato differs from its more familiar relative, caffè macchiato, in that the former has a much higher quantity of milk, while the latter simply has a trace of it at the top.
It’s possible that this new addition on the menu was required because of growing competition from Dunkin’ Donuts and the Blue Bottle, which both provide premium coffee lovers with an ever-expanding sea of choices.
The launch may have also been prompted by the fact that many customers have come to know and love the coffeehouse chain’s holiday lattes, which are available just around Christmas time, being sorely missed throughout the rest of the year.
In an effort to make it easier for people to cope with the absence of the Eggnog Latte, the Chestnut Praline Latte and the Gingerbread Latte, this intermediary drink has been included instead, making the transition slightly more bearable.
Another type of espresso-based beverage provided by Starbucks is the caffè latte, which is actually the reverse of a latte macchiato, because in this case the bottom layer is of espresso, while the top one consists of foamy milk.
There is also the cappuccino, consisting in 3 layers: one of espresso, the other one of hot milk, and the third of milk foam, which can be fashioned into various shapes and patterns, as part of beautifully designed latte art.
The flat white, whose recipe was created in Australia, is prepared by adding wet microfoam (with tiny milk bubbles), to a couple of small, ristretto shots of espresso.
In comparison, caffè americano is much more potent, combining espresso with a dose of hot water, while Doppio has the most elevated caffeine content, given that it only includes a double shot of espresso.
Only time will tell if latte macchiato will turn out to be a popular beverage for the coffee company headquartered in Seattle, Washington, or if customers will continue to turn to their old favorites instead, and still eagerly await the elusive holiday lattes.
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