Flat White vs Macchiato: Understanding The Differences And Which One Is The Best For You

Today, we’re going to be looking at the differences between a flat white and a macchiato.
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In recent years, these two drinks have exploded in popularity, but there is still some confusion about what separates them.

Flat White vs Macchiato: Understanding The Differences

Now, let’s take a look at the differences between these two drinks.


The first difference is size. A flat white is typically served in a 6-8 ounce cup, while a macchiato is usually served in a 2-3 ounce cup. This may not seem like a big difference, but it does affect the overall flavor and caffeine content of the drink.

Caffeine Content

The second distinction is the amount of caffeine. In comparison to a flat white, macchiatos are notably strong. They are the most bitter beverages besides straight espresso and have a significant taste as well as a high caffeine content. A 2-ounce (60-ml) macchiato has about half the caffeine of a S 2-oz (60-ml) macchiato, with just over 85 mg in each serving. The quantity of caffeine in a 354 ml cup is 130 mg.


The third difference is milk. A flat white contains steamed whole milk, while a macchiato contains steamed milk with foam on top. The foam helps to cut down on the bitterness of the espresso.

What Is A Flat White?

A flat white is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. The ratio of coffee to milk is higher in a flat white than in other drinks like a latte, and the milk is textured to create a “velvety” consistency.

Flat whites originated in Australia, but they have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in the United States.

Flat whites are blended, rather than layered, coffee drinks, which gives them a tan color and smooth texture.

What Is A Macchiato?

A macchiato is a coffee drink made with espresso and a small amount of milk. The milk is used to “mark” or stains the espresso, hence the name macchiato which means “marked” in Italian.

Macchiatos are traditionally served in a smaller cup than other coffee drinks, as they are meant to be drunk quickly. Macchiatos are served in clear glasses at cafés so customers can see the separation of espresso and milk. The layered structure means that drinking a macchiato is different than drinking a flat white.

Flat White vs Macchiato: How To Make Them?

Now, it’s time to learn how to make these two drinks.

How To Make A Flat White?

Making a flat white is simple, but it does require some special equipment. You will need an espresso machine and a steamer to make a flat white.

To make a flat white, start by making a shot of espresso. Then, steam your milk until it is hot and textured. Pour the milk over the espresso and enjoy!

Just a heads up, you need to be careful when frothing milk to create microbubbles. You can mix the milk with a spoon in a back-and-forth motion while frothing to make what’s called microfoam or milk foam.

How To Make A Macchiato?

Making a macchiato also requires an espresso machine. To make a macchiato, start by making a shot of espresso. Then, add a small amount of milk to “mark” the espresso. Serve in a small cup.

Which Drink Is Right For Me?

Now that you know the difference between a flat white and a macchiato, you may be wondering which drink is right for you.

The answer to this question depends on your personal preferences. If you want a strong coffee with a lot of caffeine, then a macchiato is a good choice. If you prefer a smoother drink with less caffeine, then a flat white is a better option.

In the end, it’s up to you to decide which drink you prefer. So, why not try both and see for yourself? You may be surprised at how much you enjoy each one!

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Ellie L.

Ellie L.

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