One of my colleagues linked me to this coffee infographic from fastcodesign.com earlier today:
First thing I zoomed in on was the cortado, because I like cortados. It was probably Michelle who educated me on the concept before my 2009 trip to Barcelona, then informed me a Catalan cortado was a tallat.
Around the same time, another friend was extolling the virtues of the piccolo latte, which was then largely unheard of outside a few Aussie coffee establishments. These days, it’s my go-to drink on days when I want my coffee to get straight to the point. But it was only today that I connected the dots and realised that a piccolo latte and a cortado are one and the same thing.
To further complicate matters, I found this 2010 NYT article which explains the cortado and lists a couple more names for it. Blue Bottle Coffee, which I tried in San Franciso last year and quite liked, calls it the Gibraltar.
Seriously – that’s way too many possible names for a shot of espresso with a little bit of frothed milk.