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Caffè macchiato is an espresso-based coffee beverage consisting mostly of coffee with a small amount of milk. Translating from the Italian phrase meaning marked coffee, this drink is made by "marking" a single shot of espresso with a few drops of frothed milk and served in a demitasse. Relative to other espresso-based drinks, a caffè macchiato is closer to a straight espresso, containing substantially less milk than a cappuccino . It can be used as an alternative to adding sugar to espresso, muting the bite of the espresso without adding sweetness[1].

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  1. Kenneth Davids (2001). Espresso: Ultimate Coffee, Second Edition, 128. ISBN 0312246668.