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The cortado is a newcomer to the world of coffee, with it only popping up on coffee shop boards in the last few years or so. Due to its smaller size, many often get it confused with a flat white but it’s actually quite different. If you’re thinking about branching out and trying a new coffee type, you’ll probably be wondering what is a cortado and what the key differences are. Keep reading to find out all you need to know…

What is a cortado?

Cortado translates to cut, meaning that the coffee is cut with milk. Unlike other coffee types the milk isn’t texturised and instead, a cortado is made with lightly steamed milk without froth or foam. The steamed milk on top reduces the acidity of the coffee and creates a micro-foam which doesn’t separate from the espresso, giving it a strong and rich flavour.

Cortado origins

There’s not much known about the origins of the cortado, aside from the fact that it came from Spain’s Basque Country. It’s also popular in Portugal and Latin America, where it’s commonly enjoyed as an afternoon treat.

Differences between a cortado and a flat white

Now you know what is a cortado, it’s time to explore its differences to the flat white. A cortado on the whole is smaller than a flat white and possesses a much stronger taste due to the lightly steamed milk. Additionally, the flat white can be likened to a small latte as it has textured milk, making it hotter with a much thicker taste.

That’s our guide to what is a cortado. Want to explore more irresistible coffee types and find your new favourite? Discover what is a mocha, next.

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