Cortados are easier to make than lattes and cappuccinos because they don’t require any special frothing techniques since they don’t have a microfoam layer. You only need a basic espresso set up to make a café style cortado, so it’s a drink we often recommend to beginners who are just getting into making espresso at home.
Grind your coffee on a fine setting. If you don’t know the espresso setting on your grinder, look in the user manual (or check out our coffee grind size chart!). Many grinders come with setting recommendations for different brew methods.
Fill the portafilter, tamp the grounds, and pull a double shot of espresso.
While the shot is being pulled, use a steam wand to make approximately 2 ounces of steamed milk. You want the amount of milk to be as close to 2 ounces as possible so that the ratio of milk to coffee in your cortado is one to one.
Pour the milk over the coffee. There are no fancy tricks to know here; a simple, gentle pour is all it takes.