One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Coffee (usually espresso) served with a very small amount of hot or foamed milk; a drink of this.
1980s; earliest use found in New York Newsday. From Italian caffè macchiato coffee with a small amount of milk from caffè + macchiato, use as adjective of past participle of macchiare to stain from macchia spot.
caffè macchiato/ˌkafeɪ makɪˈɑːtəʊ/
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