Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato creamer review

Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato coffee creamer

It only took one taste of a caramel macchiato from Starbucks to fall in love. Caramel macchiatos are my favorite espresso drink. I inquired with the barista at Starbucks on how they make them, and now it’s my usual coffee drink every morning. According to the barista, first you steam your milk, add the syrup (I use a tablespoon Torani Classic Caramel flavoring syrup), stir, and top this mixture with 2 espresso shots. It’s delicious and a little labor intensive. When I saw the Coffee-mate’s Caramel Machhiato flavored creamer in the store, it seemed convenient and I decided it was worth a try.

If you add a good slug of it to your coffee, you’ll begin to get the resemblance to a caramel macchiato, but it’s no match. The buttery caramel notes are missing. It’s extremely creamy and milk fatty, but not butter and burn’t sugar like caramel. I would describe the flavor profile to be like sweetened condensed milk. Unfortunately, there is a milk fat note that I find offensive in the creamer. As a flavor scientist, I feel I can actually pick the chemical out: Lauric acid (naturally found in milk). Previously I have used this flavor material to design caramel flavors for variegates (caramel ribbons) in ice cream. I have found Lauric acid essential in these sort of applications, but I don’t feel like the creamer application is sweet enough to balance the Lauric acid in this product.

After trying several times, I looked up suggested use of Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato creamer on the internet. One site mentioned steaming milk, adding creamer, then espresso. I tried it this morning with 1/2 cup steamed milk, 2 tablespoons Coffee-mate caramel macchiato creamer and 2 shots of espresso. My coffee drink had too many milk fat notes to be pleasant. To finish the drink, I added a tablespoon of Torani caramel flavoring syrup and was pleased.

Caramel macchiatos are dependent on good flavor. Previously, I tried to substitute the expensive Torani flavoring syrup with Caramel syrup from Hersheys. I didn’t even taste the caramel. A well-balanced Caramel macchiato is an art.   Coffee-mate’s Caramel Macchiato creamer was a disappointment.




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