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Silkier... (05.45)

Pic credit:  cylconebill

Pic credit: cylconebill

Would you like a water or a coffee, Mr. Spyros?

I would love a cortado.

Uh We don't have a machine.

Well, maybe someone can run out.

It's just me on a Sunday.

No, no. On me.

Um will they know what that is?

Cortado. It's like a macchiato, but with more foam. Microfoam. Silkier... Thanks, doll.


I'm not entirey sure that Spyros has characterised the cortado correctly here, but anyway a cortado is a Spanish-origin general term for a beverage consisting of espresso mixed with a roughly equal amount of warm milk to reduce the acidity. On American specialty coffee menus, the milk in a cortado is usually dense rather than frothy or foamy.

The word cortado is the past participle of the Spanish verb cortar (to cut), in the sense of "dilute", and can refer variously to either coffee or espresso drinks throughout Spain, Portugal and Cuba.