- A flat white is a style of coffee passionately loved byThe flat white debate
New Zealanders and Australians - a strong shot of espresso
served in a small cup with extremely silky milk -
New Zealand has also gained notoriety on the world's coffee scene having been credited with pioneering the "flat white" - traditionally a less milky brew than a latte with textured rather than frothy milk.
The flat white is enjoying a rise in popularity in the UK and USA, attributed not just to the demand from Aussies and Kiwis travelling overseas but too the many Kiwis and Aussies who work as baristas in cities like London and New York.
What makes a flat white different from a latte? Coffee experts agree that the crux of the matter is to do with the ratio of coffee to milk.
A true flat white ought to have the same quantity of extracted coffee as any other beverage on the coffee menu (generally 30ml) but because it is served in a smaller cup (175ml) it has stronger flavour than a latte which is normally served in a 225ml glass mug and is subsequently milkier.
Another point of difference between a flat white and a latte is the consistency of the milk- a latte has a creamy, velvety layer of milk on the surface which can vary in depth depending on where you buy your coffee. A flat white has a thinner band of the textured milk, ideally with a shinier surface.
The flat white is rapidly becoming the espresso drink of choice among our customers at black cat and we are credited with being one of the cafes that introduced it to the UK. Check out Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_white!