Gibraltar Coffee – Factlist:

  • What is a Gibraltar?   some say it’s a mini-latte; others that it’s a giant Macchiato.
  • The origin of the name: James Freeman, the owner of the famed San Francisco based Blue Bottle Coffee, originally first started making his “small lattes” in cheap drinking glasses he’d bought from a restaurant supply store. The 5 ounce glasses, made by a company out of Ohio,  were stamped with the name “Gibraltar” on the bottom. Soon Freeman and customers began referring to the coffee drink as “The Gibraltar” and a tradition was born. (Although they don’t own the name and we’ve had very good Gibraltar’s made with beans other than Blue Bottle).
  • This drink is similar to the Cortado — a Spanish coffee drink with espresso and warm milk added on top in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. In Cuba, the Cortado is called a cortadito and it has migrated to Miami with the Cuban American community and found throughout the city. But we’re on the West Coast here, so the coffee shops with Gibraltar…
  • When served in 5oz glasses, the Gibraltar is supposed to contain a double shot of espresso and 3 ounces of steamed milk; no foam.
  • When Blue Bottle makes the Gibraltar, they heat the milk to only 130 degrees F (about 54 C), about 10 degrees lower than cappuccino or latter.  Interesting!
  • You can’t find it almost anywhere
  • If you do find it, most chances you’ll have to ask —  it’s a usually a hidden menu item.
  • It’s soooooooooooooooo good..!!!  :-)  Whoever knows to ask for it, really knows how to find good coffee

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