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Cortado Coffee: What Is It?

February 17, 2010 by Bethany Ramos


Cortado coffee is a traditional beverage that is often found in Portugal, Spain, and Latin America. The word cortado means shortened in Spanish, so you can expect a shortened version of an espresso drink with this brew.

To make cortado coffee, start out by brewing a fresh shot of espresso, and then steaming milk on your home espresso machine. Add a small amount of steamed milk without foam to the espresso to complete the drink, which should overall range from 5 to 7 ounces.

This is a smaller version of a regular espresso beverage, and it also makes it easier for you to taste the richness of the espresso itself. This drink has many different versions, so you may be able to find it made with condensed milk or even a dash of cream!

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