Word for Wednesday: Macchiato

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Our Word for Wednesday theme for June is coffee

Coffee is made by roasting and grinding coffee beans and creating an infusion. The word coffee entered English around 1600 via the Dutch ‘koffie’, which comes from the Turkish ‘kahveh', from the Arabic ‘qahwah’.

So far we’ve looked at the words espresso and cappuccino. Today’s word is macchiato.  

macchiato is an espresso with a small amount of milk added to it. In Italian, the word means ‘stained’ or ‘spotted’ and it was first used in reference to coffee when baristas needed to differentiate between espressos and espressos with milk. An espresso that had been 'spotted' with milk came to be known as a macchiato.

16 Jun 2021
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