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Effectively an upside-down caffè latte, the Latte Macchiato literally means 'stained milk'. Tall, hot and frothy, the Latte Macchiato is finished off with a delicious dot of crema atop its froth, which is also known as the 'macchia'.
I liked the look of this coffee, knowing it came with milk meant that I expected this to not be a strong flavour.
I tried this first, as per the instructions on the packet. This coffee requires two pods, one coffee, one milk, so it doesn't give you as many drinks as other drinks. I made the drink and gave it a try, there was a nice layer of froth on top and it seemed to have made two layers with the coffee and milk. While I found it tasted decent enough, I just didn't find myself dying to have another cup, so I left having more for a couple of days.
I tried this again but still found I didn't think it didn't taste quite nice enough, so the next time I tried this I decided to add a teaspoon of sugar to my coffee. I gave this a good stir, to ensure no sugar left unmixed, and there was still a nice layer of froth on the top of the drink. There's something about this coffee that I can't quite put my finger on, I'm not sure if it's too milky, too sweet (just a tiny bit of sugar went far in this) or a mixture of both.
I've found that I don't quite like this coffee, I'll have it if there aren't any hop their choices, but I won't be going out of my way to buy it and drink it, included in that decision is the fact that you only get eight drinks, not sixteen. Nice, but not my cup of coffee.
I was really excited when the time came to review this product. My cousin, who was calling in specially to help me write the review, has travelled extensively and sampled coffee in nearly all the Mediterranean countries including Turkey, Lebanon (where her husband was born), Syria and Greece. She lived for a long time in London and during her time there visited most of the countries in Western Europe, so if anyone has had exposure to a range of good coffees, she is the one!
I had not long had my new coffee machine when she called, but luckily it was extremely easy to work - it appeared to recognise the coffee and adjust its settings to suit. So I felt quite confident offering her a cup to sample. She studied the packaging carefully and was interested to see that it originated in the UK. She was also intrigued by the photo of the layered coffee on the front of the packet and said she would like to see if her coffee turned out the same!
She drank half of the cup before stopping to comment. I kept waiting to see if she would like it, but she was determined to make an informed choice! I had to be patient. At last she put the cup down and I asked the important question ... Well? She laughed and responded that it was good. Very, very good. And it was equal to or even better than similar coffees she had been served in many different countries. Of course, she was quick to point out that in some areas coffee is taken black and very strong, but if we were comparing like with like, then it was a great success in her book.
This is a true compliment from someone who has had the chance to compare a lot of different coffees and brewing styles. What really sold her on it was the possibility of tailoring the strength and quantity to the individual. She did say that she would prefer her drink slightly sweeter, but it was not essential - only if we happened to have some sugar. We had artificial sweetener but apparently that was not acceptable for a real coffee drinker. It had to be sugar or nothing! We did find some and were able to offer it to her.
She did wonder about the layered coffee in the photograph. Unfortunately, we did not have any glass mugs available - we were staying away from home with other family - so she had it served in a plain mug. However, we could see from above that there was a nice layer of froth with a little sprinkling of brown in the middle, so assumed the layers were there somewhere underneath.
Later that evening, when she was about to go home, she said she might be tempted to buy a machine herself so she could make her own designer coffee at home. She could see the benefits of not needing to keep large amounts of milk in for visitors - she lives alone and a full bottle of milk is often discarded before she can use it all. Since the capsules have their own milk included, this would be a sensible move. She is already planning to return in a day or two so she can try out another in the range!
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