A Cortado is a harmonious blend of equal parts espresso and steamed milk, designed to reduce the acidity of the espresso while maintaining its strong coffee flavor. The milk is steamed but not frothy and textured as in a latte, resulting in a silky smooth beverage that's easy to drink.

Glass Type: Cortado Glas


  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 shot of steamed milk (about 1 to 1.5 ounces)


  • Brew a shot of espresso into a cortado glass or small cup.
  • Steam milk until it's hot and has a slight microfoam but is not frothy. The aim is to have the milk enhance the espresso, not overpower it.
  • Pour the steamed milk over the espresso, creating a perfect balance between the two.
  • Serve immediately, enjoying the smooth, velvety texture and rich coffee flavor.

Did You Know?

  • The word "cortado" comes from the Spanish verb "cortar," meaning to cut, as the milk "cuts through" the acidity of the espresso.
  • Originating from Spain, the Cortado has gained popularity worldwide for those seeking a strong coffee flavor with a smoother, creamier texture than an espresso.
  • Unlike other coffee drinks with milk, the Cortado focuses on balance, allowing the true characteristics of the espresso to shine through while being softened by the milk.