My favorite coffee beverage is a cortado pored into a cappuccino ceramic mug. What's a cortado? It's espresso (maybe 2 shots) cut with a small amount of warm milk. The ratio is 1 to 2, and the milk is added after the espresso.

Once or twice a week, I'll walk my dog to the Stone Creek Coffee in Silver Spring Drive. If my favorite barista, John (a.k.a. "Johny Cortado") is pouring, then I order this delicious Italian beverage. It's a surprisingly difficult drink to get right; that's why you only want to order it from Johny Cortado.

Are you having a blue day? Is it still cold and wet (or snowy) outside? Then treat yourself to a cortado. So good.