What is and how to make a flat white coffee. A lot of people have a lot of opinions, what are the facts though?
What is a flat white coffee?
A flat white coffee is an espresso-based coffee drink with steamed milk with a layer of micro-foam. Micro-foam is steamed milk which has gently been infused with air, which produces silky, textured milk containing lots of tiny air bubbles. Air bubbled shouldn’t be visible when the coffee is perfeclty made, and is traditionally served is a 5oz or 6oz cup.
The popular drink originated in the Southern Hemisphere in the 1980s. Some people say it was first created in Australia while others say New Zealand. It’s since become one of the most popular drinks in coffee shops and cafes today, but making a great flat white coffee seems to be quite a complex process with a lot of different recipes. Baristas around the world love creating the flat white, due to it being a little more technical and tricky to create, whilst showing off their coffee art skills.
The flat white became increasingly popular as more and more people started going to the likes of coffee chain giants such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee. Though there isn’t any real problem with Starbucks or Costa Coffee, the more independent coffee shops certainly have more passion when making a flat white and other specialty coffee drinks, not to mention the beans that an independent cafe use will usually be of a higher grade.
If you keep in mind that you’re creating a smaller latte and a larger cortado, you can’t go far wrong as a starting point – but not many baristas will admit to that! However you go about creating your flat white, just make sure you get the basics right, which we’ll be able to help you with