What is a Flat White coffee?
by Rishi Shah
(Woodstock, GA USA)
Flat White coffee from Starbucks
Recently Starbucks has started advertising Flat White Latte showing texture of milk in TV Ads.
Is that not how milk for latte supposed to be steamed?
What is so different about it that Starbucks is trying to say?
A Flat White is similar to a latte, but not the same.
It’s also incredibly trendy right now. Any self-respecting hipster, with his carefully groomed beard, can be found ordering a Flat White rather than a latte or cappuccino.
How is it different?
Well, the espresso shot is the same. But the overall volume of the drink is generally smaller. A Flat White has less milk. For example, a typical latte will contain 220ml of milk, while a Flat White will contain just 180ml.
In addition, there is less of a “head”, which is why it’s called “flat”.
This is because the milk is steamed and not frothed. You don’t get that frothy mountain of milk foam on the top.
The milk on top has a more velvet taste, compared to the air-filled foam on a latte.
So there you have it. A Flat White is generally a smaller beverage, with one or two shots of espresso. It’s smaller because there is less milk, and the milk is steamed and flat rather than frothed and mountainous.
As for its origins, the Flat White first came on the scene in Melbourne, Australia, in the 1980s. Or, if you come from New Zealand, you’ll say it was invented in New Zealand in the 1980s. One or the other.
Personally, I quite like the Flat White. I like a good latte too, but really don’t need the mountain of frothy and largely tasteless milk at the top.
I hope this answers your question!