The Macchiato, literally meaning 'stained' or 'spotted' in Italian, is a finely balanced coffee beverage known for the dash of milk added to an espresso. It's known to be a go-between for those who find an espresso too strong and a cappuccino too mild. But this Italian classic took on an entirely new identity when it crossed borders and landed on the high plateaus of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia, though never colonized, had brief periods of occupation, one such being by Italy from 1936 to 1941. During this time, Italian food culture left a lasting impression and cafe culture is one, even adding to existing culture in the place where coffee is birthed.
The Ethiopian Macchiato has since become a staple in the country's coffee shops and homes. It's a testimony to Ethiopia's resilient spirit, a symbol of their ability to adopt external influences while preserving the essence of their own traditions. The Ethiopian version of Macchiato often uses a stronger coffee base that reflects the robust local flavors, and their love for a strong, rich coffee.