An Open Letter to the Starbucks Macchiato

Sarah Wagner May 1, 2014 Comments Off on An Open Letter to the Starbucks Macchiato
An Open Letter to the Starbucks Macchiato
Two competing macchiatos.  One photo from the Starbucks website, the other from Wikimedia Commons, a freely licensed Media file repository.

Dear Starbucks Macchiato,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I have to tell you something you may not want to hear. You are not a macchiato.

I know, I know.  It’s a lot to take in. You are delicious and your flavor is unparalleled, but you are not a macchiato. You may be confused. “If I’m not a macchiato then who is?” you may have thought to yourself.  Well my dear friend, I’m so glad you asked. A macchiato is defined as espresso with a dash of frothy steamed milk.  Now, when I look at you I see milk, I see a little espresso, I definitely see some delicious flavored syrup—but I do not see this:

A true macchiato. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, a freely licensed media file repository

A “true” macchiato. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, a freely licensed media file repository

Don’t look so sad, Starbucks Macchiato, I’m not asking you to change! I’m not saying you should taste or look like a true macchiato.  I just don’t see why you feel the need to call yourself something you’re not.  You are original, my friend.  You are your own drink, and you deserve a name that fits who you are.

Again I apologize for having to be the one to tell you this, but I think it will benefit you to know the truth.

Sincerely,
Any coffee connoisseur

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