what is a cortado?

a customer walks into your coffee shop and orders a cortado. depending on your perspective or where you are in the world, you could give them many drinks. for us here at cabin coffee, a cortado is a certain 50/50 ratio of coffee to steamed milk. for others, it’s a small flat white or latte. some even say it’s up to the customer


with so many opinions on what a cortado is, there’s plenty of room for miscommunication – whether you want to order one, or serve it to customers. despite this, it remains a coffee menu staple – but due to a variety of factors, it might not be for long



not much is known about the cortado’s origins, apart from the fact that it comes from spain’s basque country. the term cortado, or cut, refers to the milk cutting through the intensity of the espresso, toning down its acidity while retaining the coffee’s flavour


traditionally it’s served with little froth and a 1:1 milk to espresso ratio, the way we like to make it. The milk is steamed until a very light foam is created before being added to the espresso, and is served in a small glass



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