\nToday we'll guide you through the process of creating the perfect Cortado coffee using our signature Black Smoke espresso roast from Hey Pumpkin Coffee Company. If you're an espresso aficionado looking for a balanced, sophisticated, and deliciously smooth coffee drink, then a Cortado is just for you.\nWhat is a Cortado?\nOriginating from Spain, a Cortado is a popular coffee drink consisting of equal parts espresso and steamed milk. The Spanish word "cortado" means "to cut," signifying that the bitterness of the espresso is "cut" or balanced by the slightly sweet and creamy steamed milk. This combination creates a warming, caffeinated, and perfectly balanced beverage that coffee lovers all around the world enjoy.\nIngredients\nFor this recipe, you'll need:\n\nHey Pumpkin Coffee Company's Black Smoke Espresso Roast\nSteamed, hot milk (Whole milk recommended, but dairy or plant-based milk is also acceptable)\n\nEquipment\nTo prepare this classic coffee drink, you'll need:\n\nAn espresso maker\nMilk Frother\n\nNote: You don't need to spend a fortune on professional-grade equipment; affordable options are available for both the espresso maker and milk frother.\nStep by Step Instructions\n\n\nBrew a double shot of espresso using our Black Smoke Espresso Roast. The dark, robust flavor of this roast is a perfect base for a Cortado.\n\n\nWhile your espresso is brewing, steam your milk. You're aiming for a warm, slightly frothy texture, but remember, it's not all about the foam. A Cortado focuses on the balance of flavors, not latte art.\n\n\nPour your freshly brewed espresso into a 4.5-ounce glass cup, then top it with an equal part of steamed milk. If you're using a Gibraltar glass that tapers at the bottom, you're making what's known as a Gibraltar - essentially the same drink but with a slight twist.\n\n\nThere you have it! A Cortado made with our Black Smoke Espresso Roast. Simple yet divine, the Cortado is a testament to the fact that sometimes, the best things in life are often the simplest.\nRemember, the Cortado is about savoring the balanced flavors of the espresso and the milk, not about downing a cup of coffee in a hurry. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the smooth, robust flavors of your homemade Cortado.