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How to Make a Cortado

Author: Jee Choe
This balanced drink is equal parts espresso and milk.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Total Time 4 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving


  • 2 shots espresso
  • 2 ounces milk


  • Pull 2 shots of espresso.
    Grind coffee beans and use an espresso machine to extract 2 shots of espresso into a small cup that holds at least 4 ounces. A gibraltar glass is the perfect size for a cortado at 4.5 ounces.
  • Steam milk.
    Froth 4 ounces of lightly textured milk (the same as you would for a latte)—but you’ll only use 2 since steaming less than 4 ounces is difficult without burning it.
  • Pour milk into espresso.
    Into your cup with espresso, pour in 2 ounces of milk. 


How to make a cortado using a Nespresso or Keurig: Make 2 shots (2 ounces) of espresso in a Nespresso or Keurig then add 2 ounces of steamed milk.


Calories: 40 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 144mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Calcium: 64mg
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