Cortado vs. Macchiato - What's the difference?


  • Cortado

    A cortado is a Spanish-origin general term for a beverage consisting of espresso mixed with a roughly equal amount of warm milk to reduce the acidity. On American specialty coffee menus, the milk in a cortado is usually dense rather than frothy or foamy.The word cortado is the past participle of the Spanish verb cortar (to cut), in the sense of "dilute", and can refer variously to either coffee or espresso drinks throughout Spain, Portugal and Cuba.


  • Cortado (noun)

    a cup of espresso served with warm milk

  • Macchiato (noun)

    espresso topped with steamed milk.



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