Lactose-free latte macchiato

Lactose-free latte macchiato

5 min
Indulge in the creamy goodness of a homemade lactose-free latte macchiato with this easy-to-follow recipe. This visually stunning beverage combines layers of velvety steamed milk, foam, and smooth espresso. Enjoy the rich flavours and yummy creaminess without lactose.


  • Heat the milk to just below boiling point (approximately 65 °C) and whisk to a soft foam.
  • Pour the milk into a glass and spoon on the foam.
  • Add coffee and allow it to filter through the foam.

It is important to brew a strong shot of espresso that will pair well with the milky base. You can use different methods like an espresso machine, a stovetop mocha pot, or even instant coffee or French press, although you need to make this a lot stronger than usual to get the same intense espresso flavour.

Questions about lactose-free latte macchiato

Looking for a smooth and satisfying coffee fix? Look no further! This lactose-free take on the classic drink is exactly what you need, and you can read more about it below.

What is a lactose-free latte macchiato?
Our lactose-free latte macchiato is a coffee drink that is all about layers. In Italian, the word ‘macchiato’ translates to ‘stained’ or ‘marked’, which perfectly describes how the espresso marks or stains the milky base. The result is a delicious-looking drink with three distinct layers – creamy steamed milk at the bottom, a rich stream of dark espresso forming the middle layer, and a fluffy foam layer at the top.
How to make foam for a lactose-free latte macchiato?
To create a smooth foam with steamed milk, you have a few options: a milk frother, a handheld frother, also known as a frothing wand, or a steam wand on an espresso machine. However, if you do not have any of these tools available, do not worry! You can easily achieve a velvety foam using just a whisk or shaking it in a jar.
What is the difference between a lactose-free latte and a latte macchiato?
The main difference between is how the ingredients are layered and the ratio of espresso to milk. In a latte, the espresso shot is followed by steamed lactose-free milk, highlighting milk as the main flavour. In macchiato, you add first steamed milk and foam, then slowly a shot of espresso, creating distinct layers of milk, espresso, and foam with a more pronounced espresso flavour.


Arla® LactoFREE Milk semi-skimmed
200 ml
Espresso coffee
50 ml

Make an easy, creamy, and foamy lactose-free latte macchiato

Craving a creamy and foamy drink without any lactose? Look no further! With this simple recipe, you can whip up a delicious lactose-free latte macchiato that rivals any coffee shop creation. It is all about the dreamy fusion of smooth milk, bold espresso, and delicate foam that makes every sip a moment of bliss.

The best part? Using lactose-free milk does not compromise on that creamy texture or delicious flavour. It is a yummy and oh-so-delicious choice that allows everyone to enjoy this tasty beverage.

Looking to take your coffee experiences to the next level without lactose? We also have our popular lactose-free iced coffee and mouth-watering lactose-free blueberry iced coffee for a fruity twist.

Classic coffee drink with beautiful layers and lactose-free milk

A classic Italian latte macchiato is any coffee lover's dream! And in addition to the taste of the smooth milk and bold espresso, what makes this drink special is how it looks. When you pour a carefully brewed shot of espresso over the steamed lactose-free milk with its cloudy foam, the two components separate into distinct layers, making it a treat for your eyes as well as tastebuds.