Smaller than a latte, bigger than a macchiato, less foamy than a cappuccino: it’s a flat white. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s definitely time! This Australian-born drink is perfect for those who love a strong espresso milk drink, but don’t want the foaminess of a cappuccino. Here’s how you can make a café-quality flat white at home.
Typically, flat whites are a roughly 5 oz espresso-based drink with steamed milk and little-to-no airy foam. It first became popular in Australia and New Zealand, where customers often ordered their cappuccinos “flat,” i.e. without the traditional layer of thick foam.
Flat whites are usually a few ounces smaller than lattes, but contain the same amount of espresso, giving them a stronger coffee flavor. Flat whites are unique in that they feature a very lightly textured milk. Whereas cappuccinos are usually topped with a layer of aireir foam, the milk in a flat white has a uniform consistency of velvety microfoam.
We recommend enjoying your flat white at 135°F in your temperature-controlled Ember Mug!
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