How to Make the Perfect Café Cortado

April 15, 2021

Just two ingredients for a caffeinated pick-me-up:


  • Espresso machine
  • Milk steamer
  • Cup


  • 2 shots espresso
  • 2 shots steamed milk (your choice)


  • Pour espresso into cup or mug
  • Slowly pour steamed milk into espresso
  • Ensure 1:1 ratio


In college, I studied abroad in Spain for a year, and much of what I experienced during that time has carried over into my adult life. One of the best lessons? Drink good coffee. The cafe cortado became a quick favorite for its simple, straightforward elegance and balanced flavors. 

The name itself is non-nonsense as well: A cortado is named for the way milk cuts through the espresso, coming from the Spanish verb cortar: “to cut.” The drink originated in the Basque region of Spain and is popular in both speciality cafes and wider chain stores like Starbucks and Costa Coffee.

At Mosaic, our approach is similarly straightforward and easy to digest. We cut away the confusion and leave you with clear steps and easy ingredients to brew a future you believe in. 

☕ ~Anna

Money tip: Leave the change. In Spain, tipping is much less common than in the States, so the coins you receive from your change is more than enough if you’re just ordering a beverage. If you’re at a nice restaurant, a 5% tip is all you need.

Image courtesy of Cafe de la Flor.