If you’ve visited a few local coffee shops, you’ve definitely noticed that the menu board has a lot of options cappuccino, macchiato, cortadito & many more. It might also be confusing when each coffee shop has different names for their coffee and sizes.
The cortadito is a unique option. It’s neither the ingredients nor the size of this coffee that make it unique. There’s no need to guess because the surprising reason is right below.
What is Cortadito?
You can’t learn about the cortadito unless you first understand the cortado. Most coffee lovers will have had the opportunity to try cortado at some point in their lives.
What is Cortado?
Cortado is a type of espresso from Spain or Portuguese espresso.
The formula is simple: a double dose of espresso and steaming milk. The coffee-to-milk ratio is 1:1, which is half espresso and half milk. While the cortado’s structure is simple, two aspects help it stand out: size and milk preparation.
There is no froth or foam, only fire. When producing a cortado, the milk is steamed, which allows the sweetness to shine through without overpowering the flavor. The sweetness also helps to reduce the acidity of the espresso. As a result, it’s powerful and rich while remaining creamy and smooth.
The cup of coffee is normally no more than 4 ounces in size. You won’t be able to select your size if you order from a chain coffee shop like Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, Tea Leaf, or Biggby Coffee. If you try to add any other ingredients, you won’t get a cortado.
What is Cortadito?
Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals of the cortado, let’s look at the cortadito.
If you only look at the names, you might think a cortadito is a smaller version of a cortado. However, despite the fact that cortadito means “little cut” and the indication of adding “-ito” usually indicates a lesser version in Spanish, it’s a misdirection.
The shocking twist is that cortadito vs cortado is the same thing.
Why do different names exist for the same “coffee with milk” beverage? The cortado is of Spanish origin, but the cortadito is of Cuban origin.
Assume you’re in a Cuban cafe or a coffee shop near a substantial Cuban population, such as South Florida. In that situation, you would order a cortadito. Cortado is more popular anywhere else in the world.
But are there any differences? The most visible difference is that the cortadito now has a little more wiggle room. Both beverages are served in the same little cup, but the milk ratio varies. Pour the standard 1:1 ratio, or add additional milk or a drop of Cuban espresso.
There have also been reports of people combining a pre-sweetened espresso shot with warmed milk. You can explore until you discover the ideal balance if you make it at home.
How to Make Cortadito Coffee:
What You’ll Need
Finely-ground Cuban coffee
4 teaspoons white sugar (to taste)
1-2 ounces milk or evaporated milk, warmed
Moka pot or other espresso makers
Demitasse or small coffee cup
Small saucepan or microwavable bowl
Creamer, small bowl, or cup
Spoon and whisk
1. Prepare your espresso.
The traditional approach uses a Moka pot, which is what we’re doing here. Prepare your espresso as usual if you’re using a different method.
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Fill the bottom part up to the safety release valve with filtered water. Fill the filter basket halfway with finely ground coffee that has been leveled but not packed. Attach the top part after inserting the filter into the bottom section.
Turn the heat to medium on the burner. You don’t want to speed through the process or burn the coffee.
2. Warm your milk.
Warm the milk or evaporated milk in the microwave or on the stovetop. Take care not to burn it; you want it warm but not boiling.
3. Prepare your espuma.
In a creamer or small bowl, add 4 teaspoons of sugar (to taste). Remove your Moka pot from the heat when roughly an ounce of espresso appears at the top. Return the pot to the burner to complete brewing after pouring it over the sugar.
Whisk the sugar and espresso together until the sugar melts and a light brown froth layer forms.
4. Combine the espresso and milk.
Remove from heat once the remaining espresso has been brewed and is ready. Fill your coffee cup halfway with espresso. Fill each mug halfway with warm milk, ensuring a 1:1 espresso-to-milk ratio.
5. Top with espuma and enjoy!
Grab a friend and share a sweet coffee moment! We hope you enjoyed learning how to create a homemade Cortadito coffee.
How to Drink A Cortadito
The cortadito, like its sibling, the cortado, is a sipping beverage. You should sip it carefully and enjoy the strong flavor.
Read a book, watch a movie, or solve a crossword problem. The cortadito is also an excellent conversation starter. Sip this delectable coffee and socialize without feeling rushed to finish before the foam flattens.
Because espresso contains caffeine, don’t drink it too soon or order a few rounds. Consider easing yourself into the cortadito if you’re a light coffee consumer. Begin with milkier drinks, such as a flat white, at a 3:1 ratio.
You can also keep the same ratio but switch out the ingredients. Customization may be difficult in a coffee shop, but at home, you can adjust the expresso or add sweetened evaporated milk.
Cortadito vs Flat White
If you’re thinking of using the flat white as a stepping stone into the cortadito, you should know what to expect. Both have the same quantity of espresso (a double-shot), but the flat white has more milk.
Because of the light floating foam, the flat white is an ideal canvas for latte art. However, because the milk adds volume, the serving size will be larger.
Cotadito vs Gibraltar
Another dramatic twist has arrived: another twin drink. The cortadito, cortado, and Gibraltar are all synonyms for the same drink. When the Blue Bottle Coffee Company served espresso in a 4.5-ounce glass, they were trying out new glassware. The glass was known as a Gibraltar.
The sad part of the story is that they thought they were inventing a new drink at the time. However, once Gibraltar gained popularity, they realized it was the same mixture as the cortado.
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You now understand that the cortadito is not just a twin, but an accidental triplet. You can show your coffee knowledge the next time you order.
Have fun with it and enjoy a soothing sip of cortadito.