Portland Food Photographer | Cortado

Cortado an espresso cut with a small amount of milk
I received an email from the freelance editor with GQ magazine.  She asked if I had any images of a cortado.  Unfortunately I had no idea what she was asking for which mean I knew I did not have images.  There is always a simple solution when you don’t have an image of something… you go get one!  I researched what a cortado was.  Cortados are espresso cut with a small amount of milk.  They are popular in Spanish and Portugal.  I then proceeded to find out where I could find these tiny boosts of caffeine.  I was so happy to hear that the closest coffeehouse to me (outside of a Starbucks) made cortados and had no problem with me taking photographs.  Thank you, Insomnia Coffeehouse.  If you haven’t tried Insomnia- you must.  Not only is their coffee fantastic but their pastries and croissants and treats are divine.  The coffeehouse is warm and welcoming and the baristas are very nice and helpful.  I did two rounds of cortados.  Round one at Insomnia and the second round at Dapper & Wise Roasters which is conveniently next door. 🙂  Insomnia uses Dapper & Wise coffee. Dapper & Wise offers tastings and classes too.  If you’re into coffee check them out.

So did one of my images make it into GQ?!  The editor wrote me back saying the article was put on hold for the time being and she would let me know if they use an image when the article does run.  So I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  In the mean time enjoy the photos of these cute little espresso drinks and next time your on the West side stop in for a caffeine fix at Insomnia.

Cortado an espresso cut with a small amount of milk
Cortado an espresso cut with a small amount of milk
Cortado an espresso cut with a small amount of milk
Cortado an espresso cut with a small amount of milk
Cortado an espresso cut with a small amount of milk

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March 24, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Danielle - What an honor!
These photos are fantastic! Makes me want to run right out to Insomnia (which I have heard on a number of occasions is GREAT) and get a little pick-me-up. Cheers!

March 24, 2015 - 10:48 pm

Tiffany @thyme of taste - Looooove coffee and your photos! I also learned today what a Cortado is…thinking I need to get one of these pronto!

March 24, 2015 - 11:58 pm

Bill Volckening - Love it, will have to go check it out!

March 25, 2015 - 4:20 am

Catherine - I hope GQ ends up picking it up! The images are gorgeous.

March 25, 2015 - 4:28 am

Geoff (Steep Stories) - I’ve actually been to Insomnia! Love that place. Some places even do matcha/cortado hybrids.

March 25, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Raz - Lovely!!! I can’t to try their coffee! 🙂 love the pics!

March 25, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Pech - Now I really want to go have some coffee! These shots are just gorgeous, especially the ones with both shade and light

March 26, 2015 - 6:59 pm

Kristi - I just wrote about a cortado on my blog today! Funny. It’s obviously the coffee craze of the moment. I will need to go check out Insomnia. Thanks for the suggestion.

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