Andy Nicolaides

November 19, 2021

Cortado: Relaxed Reading To Your Inbox

Hey, World 👋


These days, there are a multitude of apps and services to help you both control your email inbox. There is also a trend, currently, for everyone and their dog to put out regular newsletters. There are quite a lot that I love a great deal. Often, these two things are at odds with one another. On the one hand people like to control and manage their inbox, on the other hand there are so many great newsletters and posts out there it would be a shame to miss out on them.

In an effort to combat this, companies like Mailbrew have sprung up to help with this. At $5 a month, Mailbrew is actually quite a good investment if you're a heavy newsletter / blog reader and you want to manage this better but I recently came across a free alternative which I've been enjoying quite a bit recently. I'm happy to pay for services I use regularly, but I also want to share interesting new services that may help others save a few pennies here and there. Enter, Cortado. In Cortado's is:

... a free tool that makes it fast and easy to get daily updates from the sources you care about.

Essentially, what Cortado does is consolidates various newsletter, or RSS / news sources for you and sends you a single digest email into your inbox. With Cortado you can consolidate a large amount of news and content sources into an email delivered to you at a time of your choosing.

You can see an example of what this daily summary looks like below:

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When you sign up for an account, you simply configure your email sources, and decide on a delivery time and you're away. I've set mine to arrange at 5am each morning, and it's become one of the first things I look at each morning. I use HEY for my email currently, which has a feature specifically for newsletters (the feed) but I don't really like the way that works so I still receive all emails in my inbox (I refuse to call it a bloody imbox!) which can get messy quickly. Thanks to Cortado I have no issues with a flooded inbox every morning.

Within the configuration screen, you can add a huge amount of sources including, but not limited to:

  • RSS feed
  • Hacker News
  • Reddit
  • Twitter user
  • YouTube channel
  • Weather
  • Email newsletter

For the email newsletter part, you're given a unique email address which you will need to use to sign-up for whichever newsletters you want to forward to your digest. Once done, it will appear it your list which you can then easily adjust by dragging a dropping the services into whichever order you want to configure the email just as you like it. It's just a simple, yet powerful tool, I almost feel bad that I don't pay for it. I've no idea who makes it, or how I even came across it to be honest, but it's a really solid and impressive service. I should say, just to be transparent, that according to HEY the emails contain trackers from a service called Mailgun. From a look at their website this feels like it may just be the service the person / people behind Cortado are using to send their emails.

Anyway, that's it, just a short PSA for you newsletter / blog lovers out there.

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