What is a Flat White


The Flat White is a coffee drink that has become ubiquitous in Australia and New Zealand over the past 10 years. Very popular, it’s almost as well-known to other English-speaking people as Espresso or Latte are – however, what exactly is the Flat White?

What is a Flat White?

A bowl of fruit on a plate

The Flat White is a variation of traditional cappuccino or latte – it’s made with two espresso shots, topped with steamed milk, and finished with micro-foam.

Differentiating itself from these other coffee drinks by its less intense nature, Flat Whites are milder in flavor than Cappuccinos but stronger than Lattes.

What is a Flat White Like?

A cup of coffee on a table

The Flat White is to the point and has no unnecessary adornments. It’s simple and to the point, just as its name implies: a Flat White is just Espresso with steamed milk rather than froth. That’s it.

No frills, no fuss – but at the same time very flavorful and delicious to taste!

How to Make a Flat White

Milk (similar to steamed milk)

Espresso (strong, not too bitter)

Granules (to sprinkle on top, optional)

Place milk into a jug and heat it up using a steam wand or by microwaving it for 10 seconds.

Place pellets (ground coffee beans for Espresso) into the bottom of your cup and use an Espresso Machine to produce two shots of Espresso. Bear in mind, if you like strong coffee, use the Espresso recipe using more coffee beans – this will give you a stronger taste.

Pour in milk slowly, filling up about 1/4 of the cup. This should take about 30-45 seconds to pour in properly.

Prepare milk by heating it up in a jug with a steam wand or by microwaving it for about 10 seconds. Place milk into a jug and heat it up using a steam wand or by microwaving it for 10 seconds.

When the Espresso shots are done, place them on top of the Milk (in other words: your Flat Whites should start off with Espresso at the bottom and end with Espresso at the top). Pour milk slowly over both shots to form two layers – pour slower at first to create a thicker layer and then speed up towards the end of pouring so that there is less foam (this should take 30-45 seconds).

The Flat Whites are ready! Finish them off by lightly sprinkling some granules or cocoa

How Much Time Does it Take?

From start to finish it will take approximately 5 minutes. The only thing you need in order to make Flat Whites is an Espresso Machine and a steam wand (for heating up milk). Of course, having fresh quality beans helps too! How Long Does it Take to Make a Flat-White? Just like making coffee itself; that depends on your Espresso Machine and your skill level. Flat Whites require a little more finesse than regular coffee (in order to create the right Milk-Espresso balance). But in general, it takes about 5 minutes from start to finish, once you get used to making Flat Whites!

How Long Does a Flat White Last?

A Flat White will last for approximately 20 minutes if stored correctly. Make Flat Whites one at a time, as they are ordered; to make Flat Whites consecutively (like how you would make regular coffee) will drop the quality of your Flat Whites significantly.

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