Vanilla Latte Macchiato

Did you know that you can still make a Vanilla Latte Macchiato or a cappuccino at home without having an Espresso Machine or a Steam Wand? All you need is a simple French press.

Lately I’ve been delighting each morning with a Vanilla Latte Macchiato, and I wanted to share this with you as it is so easy to prepare.

Latte Macchiato is as you all know a beverage that contains coffee and it differs from a caffe latte as the milk is added first in the glass and then the espresso and creates  a “layered” drink that everybody loves.

So let’s enjoy this drink together. Happy mornings to everybody.

Vanilla Latte Machiatto

Vanilla Latte Macchiato

5 from 1 vote
Easy recipe for Vanilla Latte Macchiato, an amazing "layered" drink, without having an Espresso Machine or a Steam Wand. All you need is a simple French Press.
Servings 1 servings (280 ml)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar , optional
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (you can also use vanilla bean paste or vanilla bean)
  • Cocoa powder for top


  • Heat milk with vanilla and sugar if using. It is not necessary to boil it just make sure is hot.
  • Prepare the espresso with either the French press,  or as I do, with a simple traditional stovetop espresso maker. If you think it is too strong add some hot water to it.
  • Pour the hot milk into the French press. Cover with the top and pump up and down until the desired froth is formed.
  • Pour the frothy milk into a glass until almost full. Set aside for a minute to let the milk separate from the thick foam on top.
  • Pour the espresso over the milk and you will see how it sets between milk and foam, creating this three layer effect.
  • Sprinkle cocoa powder on top if desired and serve.


Serving: 1gCalories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 14.3gProtein: 5.3gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSugar: 13.6g
Calories: 106kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cafe macchiato, frothing milk, how to froth milk, milk coffee, stained milk, Vanilla Latte Macchiato

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  1. cristina Author says:

    now this makes a “good morning” indeed

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    I love making the frothy milk! I’ve been drinking green tea latte and I let the kids make the frothy milk for me (and I’m the only one who can drink hee hee). Gotta try espresso version next!

  3. Kumar's Kitchen Author says:

    sip perfect concoction…perfectly timed for the celebrations 🙂

  4. Gintare @Gourmantine Author says:

    That photo is so pretty. I’ve got an espresso machine with steamer years ago, after doing a quick math on how much I was leaving at Starbucks each year… 🙂

  5. Maui Girl Cooks Author says:

    Hi Emma,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe! We just acquired a fancy espresso machine from our friends, so will be making some delicious coffee drinks. I love what I see on your blog, so just signed up to receive your posts!

  6. Maryza Medeiros Author says:

    Hello, Good afternoon, I live in Brazil, I love your recipes, but I would like to know what I can use in replacing the French press to froth the milk, for not meeting here. Thank you!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      You can also use a Milk Frother like this one, it's even easier with it: Or with simply a whisk, like here:

  7. Maitzina Author says:

    Very good idea. I drink it everyday.
    Thanks a million!

  8. samina Author says:

    Thanks For Sharing, Good Idea

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