What Is Flat White?
Whichever the exact place of origin may be, in this region people referred to coffee without milk as black and coffee with milk as white. When the Italian cappuccino and other coffee drinks were introduced native people needed a way to differentiate between that and what they were used to already i.e. a flat white coffee. White as in with milk and flat as in with less foam.
There are some variations in how a flat white is made. Some people use one shot of espresso while others use two. Some believe that it is just a smaller version of a latte and that there is no difference in how it is made or tastes. Some baristas prefer 1mm of microfoam while others can go up to 20mm. The one thing we can all agree on is that the rising popularity of a flat white is for a reason: it is incredibly delicious.
Texture and Taste of Flat White
The taste of flat white is a combination of strong coffee and the creaminess of frothy milk. The texture is usually velvety due to the added milk.
How Much Caffeine Is in a Single Serving of Espresso?
The coffee used in flat white is espresso. There is around 63 mg of caffeine in 1 fluid oz or 30 mg of espresso but this can vary depending on the type of coffee beans, the volume of water, the brew time as well as the brew method.
How to Make the Flat White?
Warm up your coffee mug or cup by pouring hot water in it. Empty the cup. Prepare a double espresso using your machine. Heat the milk to a temperature of 62 C. Pour the milk in a pitcher and swirl it around to make the milk creamy. Pour the milk slowly on the coffee surface to make a layer. Try making a design with it. Enjoy your coffee. If you have a good espresso machine equipped with a frother, all you need to do is follow the instructions and the machine will do everything on its own.
Recommended Coffee Machines
- 1Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine - This machine is better suited to the experienced. It is semi-automatic, which means you can have full control over the flavor of the espresso. After grinding and tamping the beans, you can also self time the espresso shot. The Breville Barista Express features a built in grinder with control of the size of the grind, a milk frother, hot water dispenser, and a tamper and portafilter included making it ideal for flat whites. If you are new to making espresso, the amount of controls might make it a tad difficult. But if you are willing to learn and experiment the Barista Express is well worth it.
- 2De'Longhi ECP3220R 15 Bar Espresso Machine - The De’Longhi machine offers a similar level of control and customization on a budget, which only brings you one step closer to mastering the flat white. With a professional grade 15-bar pressure, a manual frother to ensure an ideally textured result, and a three-in-one filter holder, you can brew like a pro and enjoy barista quality drinks, or stick to the quick serve Espresso Pod depending on the day. This machine has an efficient and ergonomic design, allowing for space saving. With an adjustable tray and a removable water tank, the De-Longhi Bar Espresso Machine is a versatile option.
- 3De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica Fully Automatic Espresso Machine - As an automatic espresso machine, this model will make the process of brewing a flat white quick and effortless. It allows you to just put the coffee beans in the machine and wait. Within its compact design, the machine features a milk frother, an automatic bean grinder with adjustable settings. What is most impressive about this option is the ThermoBlock technology that provides superb heat distribution for a consistent result each time you brew. This style of machine is best for busy bodies who value quality coffee as part of their daily routine.
- 4Bialetti Moka Stovetop Espresso Maker - For those who prefer traditional and energy saving options, the stovetop espresso method is a favorite for those who prefer to be wholly involved in the coffee making process. At a much lower price range than a machine, the Bialetti stovetop maker produces 6 cups of espresso in under 5 minutes, and allows for the most simple cleanup job of all the options. To make a flat white with this espresso maker, the milk will have to be heated and frothed separately.
Pros and Cons of Flat White
Let us look at some of the pros and cons of flat white.