Something has led people to believe that flat white are a recently-invented, trendy drink. In fact, it’s just a twist on a cappuccino. In other countries, the ratio of cappuccino got skewed until it became very milky, frothy drink. To get the original intensity back, the flat white was devised in Australia and New Zealand.
A cortado is an espresso cut with warm milk. The ratio of milk to coffee is between 1:1 – 1:2, and the milk is added after the espresso. The word “cortado” is from the Spanish cortar, to cut.