I was sipping a cortado at newly opened Dinosaur Coffee on Sunset a few days ago when I noticed something different in the popular drink served in a gibraltar glass. It was slightly sweet. Not as sweet as a drink from Starbucks — it was more like a sweet aftertaste.
At first, I thought they had sweetened the milk because the foam tasted sweet. When I asked the woman behind the counter what was different, it turned out that the regular cortado at Dinosaur Coffee is more like cortadito. They add a pinch of turbinado sugar to the ground espresso beans so that when they’re brewed, the coffee that’s extracted also has some of the sugar.
I was not expecting the sweetness, but it was a pleasant surprise. It’s also possible to get just a regular cortado without the sugar, as long as you remember to ask for it.
On the other side of the spectrum, Dinosaur also offers a bitter cortado, doctored up with their house-made coffee bitters. The only difference from a regular (non-sweetened) cortado I could taste was the more fragrant aroma.
4334 Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90029