One of the most common questions we get is, what is a Macchiato? or What is a Cortado? Some who have heard of them before ask, what is the difference? These two espresso drinks are friendly neighbors in the coffee world, yet the ever so slight difference between the two can make a significant difference in what you get, depending on what you desire.
So let's explore the difference between the two, so you can make an informed decision.
Macchiato | Mah-key-AH-toe Single espresso served with 1-2 tsp of foamed milk (normally warm)
Two drinks define Italian Caffe, espresso, and Macchiato. Unlike the well-known Starbucks version, an authentic Macchiato has a touch of foamed milk on the top. That touch of milk gives this drink its name, essentially meaning the espresso is "marked" with milk. Perfect for those who like espresso and want a touch of milk to soften the taste of the crema. Macchiatos are typically enjoyed in the afternoons or after your meal. Caution, there is this Italian cultural rule that milk shouldn't be consumed after breakfast or brunch, yet this allows you to get by with a respectable warning.
Cortado | Core - taa - doe Single or double espresso served with equal amounts of milk.
Originally from Spain, the Cortado is known as the best well-balanced espresso drink. Great for those who want the flavor of espresso and not an abundance of milk that might overwhelm your beverage as a latte would. We pause a moment to bring you up to speed, as there is a debate if a cortado should have one or two shots. We just believe that life is too short for a single shot. An interesting touch from Spain is that the Cortado uses steamed milk and not frothy like other espresso drinks, allowing the texture and viscosity to be much more rich and smooth.
Now you know, and the next time you go to our local caffe, you can try both, then make the decision on which one you like better.
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