Easy Homemade Caramel Macchiato Recipes: No Espresso Machine Required!

Did you know that with every sip of a caramel macchiato, you experience a fusion of flavours that originated from the vibrant coffee culture of Italy? 

Popularised by a coffee house in the United States, this delicious blend of robust coffee, smooth milk, and a touch of luscious caramel that melts on your tongue later became a global sensation, captivating coffee lovers far and wide.

However, when it comes to ordering takeaway caramel macchiatos, you might encounter a few challenges. Perhaps the flavour gets diluted, customisation options are limited, or the desired velvety texture is elusive. 

But do you know that you can relish the pleasure of hot and iced caramel macchiatos in the comfort of your own home, even without an espresso machine? 

Yes, it's entirely within your reach! 

We'll guide you through the art of creating homemade caramel macchiatos that rival your favourite coffee shop's offerings. With our step-by-step instructions, alternative coffee makers, and expert tips, you'll unlock the secrets to creating café-worthy caramel macchiatos right in the comfort of your own home! 

Iced caramel macchiato

The Delightful Benefits of Crafting Homemade Caramel Macchiatos

Picture yourself savouring each sip of a caramel macchiato crafted by your own hands— pure bliss! But why stop at just imagination? Let us share with you the enticing reasons why venturing into homemade caramel macchiatos is an adventure worth taking. 

Get ready to unleash your inner barista and experience the joys and benefits of crafting your very own caramel macchiatos.

  • Tailored to Perfection: When you make your own caramel macchiato, you have full control over the ingredients and can customise it to suit your exact preferences. Adjust the sweetness, strength, milk ratio, and even experiment with different flavours to create a drink that's truly yours.
  • Budget-Friendly: Wave goodbye to those costly daily café visits! Instead of spending money on everyday takeaways, you can treat yourself to occasional café indulgences while enjoying the satisfaction of creating your own coffee. It's a win-win situation that lets you save money without sacrificing the joy of a delightful caramel macchiato.
  • Convenience at Your Fingertips: No more waiting in long lines or rushing to the café before work. Making caramel macchiatos at home means you can enjoy your favourite drink whenever you want. It's the perfect solution for those busy mornings or lazy weekends. 
  • Endless Variety: With homemade caramel macchiatos, you can let your creativity run wild. Add extra drizzles of caramel syrup, sprinkle some cinnamon, or top it off with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. The possibilities are endless, and you can keep exploring new flavours and combinations.
  • Savour the Satisfaction: There's something incredibly satisfying about crafting your own caramel macchiato masterpiece. From grinding the coffee beans to frothing the milk and layering the flavours, each step is a chance to immerse yourself in the art of coffee-making and take pride in your creation.

Embrace the joy, convenience, and endless possibilities of homemade goodness. Let your home be the canvas where delicious dreams come to life. The world of homemade caramel macchiatos awaits— step into it and savour the exquisite journey ahead.

Caramel macchiato

Alternative Brewing Equipment for Espresso-like Delights

When it comes to enjoying the rich flavours of a caramel macchiato, you may think that an espresso machine is essential. However, there are fantastic alternatives available that allow you to brew espresso-like coffee right in the comfort of your own home. 

We ranked these methods based on their ability to bring you closest to that rich and intense espresso experience. From the mighty Moka Pot to the versatile AeroPress and Trinity Zero Mini Press, each method has its unique approach to delivering a brew that will satisfy your espresso cravings. 

1. Moka Pot: Get ready for intense and concentrated coffee that's as close to espresso as it gets. Fill the bottom chamber with water, add finely ground coffee to the filter basket, and heat it on the stovetop. 
As the water heats up, steam pressure will build, pushing the water through the coffee grounds and producing a bold and flavorful brew. It's like a mini espresso machine right on your stove!
Moka pot
2. AeroPress/ Trinity Zero Mini Press: These alternatives are here to make your coffee dreams come true. With the AeroPress, simply add finely ground coffee to the chamber, pour hot water over it, stir, and press the plunger. The result is a smooth and concentrated brew that will blow your mind. 
And if you're using the Trinity Zero Mini Press, it's a similar process— add coffee to the chamber, pour hot water, and let it brew. Then, press down to extract a velvety coffee concentrate that takes your caramel macchiato to new heights.
Trinity Zero Mini Press
3. French Press: This classic method is all about simplicity and a full-bodied coffee experience. Add coarsely ground coffee to the French press, pour hot water over it, and let it steep for a few minutes. 
Then, slowly press the plunger down to separate the coffee grounds and enjoy a strong and robust brew that sets the stage for your homemade caramel macchiatos.
French press
4. Pour-Over Setup: Precision and control are key with the pour-over method. Start by placing a filter in the pour-over dripper and adding medium-coarse coffee grounds. Pour hot water slowly and steadily over the grounds, allowing them to bloom and extracting those espresso-like qualities. 
Keep pouring in a circular motion until you've reached your desired coffee strength. The pour-over setup gives you the freedom to craft a clean and nuanced coffee that's perfect for your caramel macchiatos.
Pour over setup
5. Drip Coffee Bags: Don't underestimate the power of these little wonders! Drip coffee bags offer a milder taste compared to some of our espresso-maker alternatives, but that doesn't mean they can't hold their ground. 
Simply grab your favourite mug, pop in a drip coffee bag from The Laughing Pug, and pour hot water over it. Let it steep for a few minutes, ensuring the flavours meld together to create a smooth and delightful coffee base. It's a convenient and delicious option for your dreamy caramel macchiato.
Drip coffee bag

Whether you have a home espresso machine to pour that intensely rich espresso shot or opt for the intense Moka Pot, the versatile AeroPress and Trinity Zero Mini Press, the classic French Press, the precision of the pour-over setup, or the convenience of drip coffee bags, each method offers its unique charm and flavour profile. Embrace your inner barista, experiment with different techniques, and savour every sip of your homemade masterpiece. 

Mastering Homemade Hot Caramel Macchiatos

By mastering the art of making hot caramel macchiatos at home, you'll have a velvety blend of rich coffee, creamy milk, and luscious caramel, all meticulously crafted by your own hands. 

With our step-by-step guide, you'll be able to indulge in the perfect balance of flavours, personalised just the way you like it. Get ready to savour every sip of your homemade hot caramel macchiatos and impress yourself and others with your barista skills!


  • 60 ml of freshly brewed The Laughing Pug Whole Beans/ ground coffee or 30 ml of espresso
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of milk (whole milk or a non-dairy)
  • 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup
  • Additional toppings or flavourings of your choice 


1. If you are using coffee beans, grind The Laughing Pug Whole Beans to a consistency suitable for your chosen coffee maker.

If you’re using pre-ground coffee, choose the option that suits your preferred brewing method. This will allow you to create a strong and concentrated coffee, setting the perfect foundation for your hot caramel macchiato.

2. Heat the milk in a saucepan until it reaches a steaming temperature of around 60-65°C (140-150°F). 

If you have a handheld frother, pour your warmed milk into a tall container, dip the frother's whisk into the milk, and whisk vigorously for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. 

If you don't have a frother, don't worry! Grab a heat-proof jar with a secure lid, pour in the warm milk, seal it tight, and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until the milk becomes frothy. 

Keep in mind that some frothers are designed to heat and whisk the milk at the same time. If you have this type of frother, simply pour the milk in, put the lid on, and let it work its magic. 

3. In a serving mug, add a generous amount of caramel syrup, adjusting the quantity based on your desired sweetness level. Swirl the syrup around the inside of the mug to create an enticing caramel drizzle effect.

4. Pour the brewed strong coffee into the mug, directly over the caramel syrup, allowing the flavours to blend harmoniously.

5. Carefully pour the frothed milk into the mug, holding back the foam with a spoon to create distinct layers. Aim for a ratio of approximately 3 parts milk to 1 part coffee, adjusting to your taste preferences.

6. Let your creativity shine by adding personalised touches to your hot caramel macchiato. Consider topping it off with foam, an extra drizzle of caramel syrup, or a sprinkle of chocolate powder.

7. Take a moment to appreciate your homemade masterpiece before indulging in that first sip. The combination of The Laughing Pug coffee, velvety milk, and the perfect balance of caramel and coffee flavours will create a sensory delight in each sip.


With this empowering step-by-step guide and alternative coffee makers as your trusted tools, you hold the key to unlocking the extraordinary. Pamper yourself by crafting your own hot caramel macchiato masterpiece— a symphony of flavours and a reflection of your unique taste. 

Caramel macchiato

Enjoy Refreshing Iced Caramel Macchiatos

It's frustrating when your favourite coffee drink lacks the robustness and depth you crave. On top of that, dealing with watery taste and not having the freedom to customise the sweetness and strength just the way you like it can totally bum you out during your café trips.

Get ready to level up your iced caramel macchiato experience like never before! No more settling for mediocre flavours or limited customisation options. Our tried-and-true recipe is here to unleash your inner barista and have you sipping on pure delight! 


  • 60 ml of freshly brewed The Laughing Pug Whole Beans/ ground coffee or 30 ml of espresso
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of milk (whole milk or a non-dairy)
  • 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Additional caramel syrup for drizzling (optional)


1. If using coffee beans, grind The Laughing Pug Whole Beans to suit your preferred brewing method. If using ground coffee, skip this step. 

To brew espresso-like coffee using alternative coffee makers, check out the instructions in the guide above. 

2. Allow the brewed coffee to cool.

3. Fill a glass with ice cubes.

4. For frothing the milk, follow the instructions provided in the hot caramel macchiato guide. You can use a handheld frother, a whisk, or vigorously shake the milk in a jar until it becomes creamy and frothy. 

5. Drizzle caramel syrup on the inside of the glass, creating a delicious caramel swirl.

6. Pour the cooled brewed coffee over the ice in the glass.

7. Slowly pour the frothed milk over the coffee, allowing it to blend with the coldness.

8. Add additional caramel syrup to taste, if desired.

9. Optional: Top your iced caramel macchiato with whipped cream for an extra touch of indulgence.

10. Drizzle some more caramel syrup on top of the whipped cream, if desired.

11. Grab a straw, give it a gentle stir, and enjoy the delightful combination of The Laughing Pug coffee, creamy milk, and sweet caramel in every sip.

Now you have a delicious iced caramel macchiato that rivals those from your favourite café, made using The Laughing Pug Whole Beans and your alternative coffee maker of choice

Enjoy this refreshing treat at home, customising it to suit your taste preferences, and relish the delightful flavours that will surely satisfy your cravings. 

Iced caramel macchiato

Enhance Your Home Barista Experience: Tips and Techniques for Success

Mix and match the perfect blend of rich coffee, creamy milk, and luscious caramel, all in the palm of your hand. 

Our awesome tips and tricks will take your barista skills to the next level and let you enjoy the satisfaction of sipping on the most amazing caramel macchiatos you've ever made. 

A. Perfecting Coffee, Milk, and Caramel Syrup

  • Coffee Beans: For a rich and flavorful caramel macchiato, choose specialty-grade coffee beans like The Laughing Pug Whole Beans or grounds. Our range of roast levels lets you experiment with different taste profiles and will leave you craving for more. 
  • Milk Selection: The type of milk you use can greatly influence the texture and taste of your macchiato. Whole milk offers a creamy and indulgent result, while alternatives like almond, soy, or oat milk can provide a different flavour profile for those with dietary preferences.
  • Caramel Syrup: Opt for a high-quality caramel syrup to ensure a smooth and authentic flavour. You can also try making your own homemade caramel syrup for a personalised touch.

B. Achieving Velvety Milk Foam for Hot and Iced Macchiatos

  • Frothing Techniques: If you have a milk frother or steam wand, use it to create velvety milk foam for your hot caramel macchiatos. Start with cold milk, submerge the wand just below the surface, and create a swirling motion until the desired froth is achieved.
  • Alternative Frothing Methods: Don't worry if you don't have a frother or steam wand. You can froth milk in a jar by shaking it vigorously, or use a French press to pump the plunger up and down to create foam. These methods might require a bit more effort but can still yield great results.

C. Personalise to Perfection: Sweetness, Strength, and Toppings

  • Sweetness Level: Customise the sweetness of your caramel macchiato by adjusting the amount of caramel syrup you add. Start with the recommended measurement and add more or less based on your taste preferences.
  • Coffee Strength: If you prefer a stronger coffee flavour, increase the number of coffee shots or adjust the brewing method accordingly. Likewise, if you prefer a milder taste, reduce the coffee amount or opt for a lighter roast.
  • Toppings and Garnishes: Get creative with your macchiatos by adding toppings such as whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel syrup, chocolate powder, or cinnamon. These additions can elevate the presentation and add a touch of indulgence to your drink.

By mastering the ingredients, perfecting the frothing techniques, and personalising the sweetness, strength, and toppings, you'll enhance your home barista experience and create caramel macchiatos that are tailored to your liking. 

Drip coffee bag

Embrace the world of DIY hot and iced caramel macchiatos at home, no fancy espresso machine required! 

By utilising alternative coffee makers and embracing specialty-grade coffee from The Laughing Pug, you have the power to create café-worthy hot and iced caramel macchiatos that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. 

Bottoms up, coffee aficionado!

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