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Topic: Cortado and coffee in Peru and Ecuador (2 msgs / 56 lines)
1) From: Zara Haimo
I had never heard of a cortado before it came up on this list a few days 
ago.  Then I saw it on a menu in Peru and ordered one.  We had stopped in a 
cafe in Lima on the bluffs overlooking the ocean.  It was cold and foggy 
(like San Francisco in the summer), so I decided to have something hot to 
drink.  When we walked in, I had noticed a grinder behind the bar and a good 
smell of freshly ground beans which made me hopeful that the coffee would be 
drinkable.  The menu had several espresso options such as a ristretto, but 
no frou frou flavored milk drinks - another good sign.  The cortado was very 
good, so good I ordered another.  I will start making cortados at home as 
the touch of milk really mellows out the espresso without overwhelming it.
In contrast, the rest of the coffee we had in Peru, Ecuador, and the 
Galapagos ranged from passable to truly terrible.  I like the 50:50 pour of 
coffee and hot milk we were offered for breakfast each morning, but the 
coffee part was usually sour tasting.  Once I asked for decaf and was 
brought a small dish full of brown crystals and a pot of hot water - ugh. 
Coffee is grown in the Galapagos and our expedition boat served it, but it 
was undistinguised - who knows how old the roast was or when it was ground. 
The only good coffee I had until the cortado was at listmember Barbara 
Wilson's restaurant a long drive out of Quito in a nature preserve area. 
She served me an excellent shot of espresso from locally grown Ecuadorian 
beans she roasted.  As soon as I get all my photos downloaded from my 
camera, I'll put up a couple of pictures from her place on the SM photo 
page.
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2) From: Lynne
Zara -
Trying to catch up on my emails during a very event-full week.
I love hearing the travel experiences of others - thank you for posting
this. Could imagine myself sipping that cortado in that cafe in Lima, with
the beautiful fog around me..
Must have missed the previous reference, but a quick search gave me the
wikipedia reference.
Can't wait to see your photos!
Lynne
On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 1:03 PM, Zara Haimo  wrote:
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