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'Caffè macchiato' is Italian for 'stained coffee'. It is made with espresso with just a drop of milk - enough to 'stain' the espresso. In the USA, a macchiato is often made with milk foam instead of liquid milk, but in Italy this is not required.
I've noticed that many people think the word 'macchiato' refers to the dollop of foam on the espresso, and translate 'macchiato' as 'marked'. I have spoken to native Italian speakers, and although you could translate the word as 'mark, or marked', they are all clear that it means 'stained', and refers to the coffee itself, and not to the foam on top.
There are also 'reverse' macchiatos where milk and milk foam are stained with just a drop of espresso - less coffee than you find in a latte.
To add to the confusion, there are also drinks called 'latte macchiato' being sold, which sounds suspiciously like a plain old caffè latte. No matter how creative baristas get, there comes a point when you are simply re-inventing the wheel. What do you think?