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What Is A Cortadito Coffee

Have you heard of cortadito coffee and are super confused? That’s okay, we’re here to help you out.

It’s a new variety of sweetened coffee that is now quickly gaining traction. Continue reading to learn about what it is and how you can make it at home.


What is a Cortadito?

Cortadito coffee has originated in Cuba. It was brought to Miami by Cuban-Americans and that’s how its popularity increased in America.

Cortado means to cut so a cortadito is basically milk “cutting” the espresso. This Cuban coffee is essentially sweetened espresso mixed with steamed milk.

How to Make a Cortadito Coffee?

Cortadito coffee is usually available in cafes, particularly in Florida. However, maybe your local coffee shop doesn’t have it or maybe you just want to give it a try at home.

Here’s how you can make it.

Things you Need

You will need:

  • A moka pot or an espresso machine
  • Warm milk
  • Sugar
  • Whisk
  • A coffee cup

Steps to Take

This is how you can brew the perfect cup at home:

Grind your coffee

Take out your grinder and grind the measured amount of coffee beans.

If you are using pre-ground coffee then you can skip this step.

Prepare your espresso

Next, you need to make an espresso shot.

In true cortadito fashion, you should use a Moka Pot. But you can also use your espresso machine to pull a shot. In this explanation, I am going to be using Moka Pot as an explanation.

Put in your coffee grounds and water, then place the Moka Pot on a medium to high flame. Then wait for your coffee to brew.

moka pot for cortadito
Heat up milk

While you’re waiting, warm up some milk on the stove or in your microwave.

You don’t want it to be too hot but still fairly warm.

Prepare the sugar mixture

Take your coffee cup and add 4 teaspoons of sugar (or to taste) to it.

Then wait for the first few ounces of coffee to brew and add that to your cup. Allow the rest of the coffee to brew on the stove.

Whisk the sugar and espresso together until it turns a light brownish color. This will be your sugar mixture.

Mix it all

Once your coffee is fully brewed, all that’s left to do is to mix it all up.

Add the espresso to your sugar paste and give it a stir. Then add milk in equal parts to the espresso.

Tada! Your cortadito coffee is ready to be enjoyed.

Difference Between Cortadito and Cortado

If you’ve heard of cortadito then chances are that you’ve also heard of cortado. So, what’s the difference between these two?

The sugar paste is something that is unique to a cortadito.

A cortado is essentially any coffee that has been ‘cut’ with milk. The origins of this specific word are from Spain whereas we now know that cortadito comes from Cuba.

So, there is a distinct difference between the two words and their respective origins.


Now, you know what a cortadito coffee is and you can easily make it at home.

It’s a sweet drink that can be drunk as a treat or even as a dessert. Who knows, it might become your go-to order.

Enjoy the smooth, luscious feel of this drink!

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