A cortado is a much smaller drink than a latte, usually served in an espresso cup. A cortado is one part espresso and one part milk and a latte is one part espresso and three parts milk.
What is a cortado vs macchiato?
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We’ve tried many espresso makers over the years, and here are our favorites at different price points and skill levels:
- Cafe Automatic Espresso Machine – My current machine. It uses any whole beans, so if you use high quality beans you’ll get high quality espresso. It makes espresso shots automatically (no barista skills required) and includes a milk frothing wand to heat and froth milk. We’ve used this machine almost every day since we got it seven months ago and we love it! It comes in three colors.
- Stovetop Espresso – This is the cheapest way to make espresso at home. It’s more labor intensive and you will also need a way to grind your beans for best results. But this is a classic method that works great when done well.
- Breville Barista Touch – We bought this for a good friend as a wedding gift once and they said they love it. It’s a higher end machine that you will need some barista skills to operate, but it’s an excellent home espresso maker.
- Nespresso Vertuo – For those who want an espresso maker that uses pods, this is my favorite. Depending what pod you use, it can make espresso or coffee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a cortado the same as a flat white?
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Begin by brewing a shot of espresso. If you have an espresso machine, ensure that your equipment is clean, and the coffee grounds are fresh and finely ground.
Prep 5 minutes
This delicious espresso-based beverage originated in Spain and has gained popularity around the world for its simplicity and exquisite taste.
If you want to sweeten your cortado, I would recommend simple syrup or honey.
Related: Next up, learn to make the prefect Latte, Cappuccino, Affogato, or Macchiato.
- milk – or a milk alternative
Last, carefully pour the frothed milk into the cup, allowing it to mix with the espresso. The milk should be warmed but not too hot, and the microfoam will create a smooth, creamy texture on top of the espresso.