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How to Make Cortado Coff...

Are you a coffee lover? Who does not stay alive without coffee? If this is how you feel about coffee then you are my resemblance who is crazy about coffee.

People like us, always want to taste different types of coffee. That’s why I brought a different type of coffee recipe that is called authentic Cortado coffee which originates from Spain.

Let’s know how to make Cortado coffee at home.


A cortado is a type of Coffee drink that is made by combining equal parts espresso and steamed milk. It is usually served in a small glass or ceramic cup and is typically around 4 ounces (120 mL) in size. The word “cortado” means “cut” in Spanish, and refers to the fact that the strong flavor of the espresso is “cut” or balanced out by the creamy, smooth texture of the milk. Cortados are often considered a more balanced and less intense version of espresso and are a popular choice for those who want the flavor and caffeine boost of espresso without the strong, bitter taste that can sometimes be associated with it. Cortados are often served at coffee shops and cafes and can be enjoyed any time of day.

To make a cortado coffee at home, you will need:

  1. An espresso machine or a stovetop espresso maker
  2. Whole milk
  3. A small cup or glass

Here’s the process:

  1. First, make a shot of espresso using your espresso machine or stovetop espresso maker.
  2. While the espresso is brewing, heat a small amount of milk in a saucepan or a frother until it reaches around 140-150°F (60-65°C). You can use a thermometer to check the temperature, or you can judge by feel. The milk should be hot but not scalding and should be steaming but not boiling.
  3. Once the milk is heated, froth it using a frother or a whisk until it forms a creamy foam. You can also use a frother attachment on your espresso machine if it has one.
  4. Pour the espresso into the small cup or glass.
  5. Add the frothed milk to the espresso, using a spoon to hold back the foam if necessary. The ratio of espresso to milk should be about 1:1.
  6. Add a dollop of foam on top of the cortado, if desired.
  7. Serve the cortado immediately, while it is still hot.

Note: If you don’t have an espresso machine or a stovetop espresso maker, you can also use strong coffee made with a French press or drip coffee maker as a substitute for espresso in this recipe. Just be aware that the flavor and strength of the final drink may be slightly different from a traditional cortado.

A Few Necessary Facts that Need to know-

Prep time– 3 minutes
Cook time– 3 minutes
Resting time– No needs
Total time– 6 minutes
Serving– 1 person
Calories– 25 kcal

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Try this Spanish cortado recipe anytime at your home. By following our steps, you can easily make it and enjoy it. It does not take much time and do not forget to have Brownie and cookie with cortado coffee.


1. Is cortado a morning drink?

We usually have cortado coffee or any other coffee as a morning beverage. However, there is no specific time of day that is traditionally associated with drinking a cortado. It is a type of coffee drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day, whether as a morning pick-me-up, an afternoon pick-me-up, or an evening treat. Some people may prefer to have a cortado as a breakfast or morning drink because it provides a burst of caffeine and a balanced, satisfying flavor that can help them start their day off on the right foot. However, others may enjoy a cortado at any time of day as a way to break up the monotony of the workday or to indulge in a luxurious, comforting treat. Ultimately, it is up to individual preference whether or not someone considers a cortado a morning drink.

2. Is a cortado the same as a Flat White?

A cortado is a traditional Spanish coffee drink made with equal parts espresso and steamed milk, with a small amount of foam on top. It is typically served in a small glass or ceramic cup and is usually 4-6 ounces in size. The milk in a cortado is usually steamed to around 60-70 degrees Celsius, which is slightly cooler than the milk in a cappuccino or latte, and the result is a smooth, balanced drink with a slightly creamy texture.

A flat white, on the other hand, is an espresso-based drink that originated in Australia and New Zealand. It is made with a double shot of espresso and a small amount of steamed milk, with a thin layer of microfoam on top. The milk in a flat white is typically steamed to a higher temperature than in a cortado, which creates a thicker, creamier texture. Flat whites are generally served in a small ceramic cup and are usually 6 ounces or less in size.

Overall, both corridors and flat whites are similar in that they involve espresso and steamed milk, but they do have some differences in terms of the proportions of the ingredients and the way the milk is prepared.

Lauren Melaney is a housewife. Cooking is her passion and she really loves to experiment. She loves baking bread on any occasion. European cuisine is one of her favorites and she likes preparing different dishes and eating them with her family and friends. Also, Spanish & French cooking traditions appeal to her in general. Hope you would enjoy her recipes and find something that interests you!


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