This post was updated on: December 4, 2019
Cortado Coffee is yet another Spanish coffee drink, for which I got a lot of requests right after the Spanish Fire Coffee – Carajillo.
There are two sets of coffee beverages; the first belongs to all the well-known coffee drinks like the espresso, macchiato, latte, etc.
Whereas the other set is only known to a less number of people or a particular community. Cortado belongs to the second category, which is also called the second tier coffee. You won’t find this Coffee on all major menus, so it isn’t much popular as the first category drinks.
What is Cortado Coffee?
Are you clear on the second tier coffee concept? It means that the coffee is less known to people, and is only consumed by a particular region of drinkers. But the fact is you can prepare this coffee easily at home, with all the basic stuff at hand.
Cortado, this is a Spanish term which is the past participle of the word ‘Cortar’ which means to cut. This actually refers to the portioning of the milk. Here the Espresso is taken, and their exact half or more is measured, which is then replaced by hot milk. Cortado has less or no froth added onto the top portion though.
This coffee drink is served in a small glass, without much froth in it.
For preparing a Cortado, first milk is taken and it is set for steaming. We don’t want a high amount of froth in it, just a bit of froth is enough. That’s why I mentioned the word steaming and not boiling the milk. Prepare an espresso shot, and top it with an equal portion of the steamed milk. This way, your Cortado is prepared.
Slowly people are getting to know about this coffee and they have started including it in the menus too. But, most of the places serve up with a higher amount of froth compared to what a traditional drink might have. Cortado is available and popular throughout Portugal, Spain, and Cuba.
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