Cortado vs. Macchiato - What's the difference?


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 vs. Macchiato


Table of contents

1. Etymology
          2.1. Synonyms
          2.2. Related terms
          2.3. See also


1. Etymology

Borrowed from Spanish cortado (cut).

2. Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /kɔɹˈtɑdoʊ/

3. Noun

cortado (plural cortados)

  1. A cup of espresso served with warm milk.

4. Anagrams

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1. Etymology

From Italian caffè macchiato (stained coffee), from macchiato (stained, marked), as the coffee is “marked” with a spot of milk. From Latin maculātus (stained), form of macula (stain). Cognate to English macula ([dark] spot), French maculé.

2. Noun

macchiato (plural macchiatos)

  1. espresso topped with steamed milk.

2.1. Synonyms

  • caffè macchiato
  • espresso macchiato
  • latte macchiato

2.3. See also

  • coffee
  • cortado

3. Further reading

  • Caffè macchiato on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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