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Side shot of two coffee glass mugs filled with cortado coffee.

Cortado Coffee

Katerina | Diethood
Try this simple recipe for Spanish Cortado Coffee! Equal parts espresso and frothed milk, it’s easy enough for a beginning barista, and it will satisfy even the pickiest coffee expert.
Servings : 2
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder, OR enough espresso-ground coffee to make four shots IF using an espresso maker
  • 4 ounces water, heated IF using instant espresso
  • 4 ounces milk


If Using Instant Espresso
  • Divide the espresso powder between two cortado glass mugs.
  • Pour in the hot water; about 2 ounces in each mug, and stir to combine.
  • Froth the milk with a frother.
  • Top the espresso with the steamed (frothed) milk.
  • Serve immediately.
If Using an Espresso Maker
  • Follow your espresso maker's guidelines to make four shots of espresso.
  • Divide the espresso evenly between two glass cortado mugs.
  • Froth the milk.
  • Top each mug with frothed milk.
  • Serve immediately.


Frothed Milk Hack: You can use a real milk frother, or you can also froth milk using a stick blender, a regular blender, a French press, or even by shaking it in a jar. Just heat your milk so that it’s very hot but not boiling, and then carefully blend, pump, or shake.


Calories: 52 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 7 mg | Sodium: 26 mg | Potassium: 262 mg | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 92 IU | Calcium: 78 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 6 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: cafe cortado, espresso drinks, what is a cortado