Flat White

For any coffee lover who is just getting into the world of the brown stuff, it can all feel very complicated. One of the reasons people tend to drink coffee is the simplicity – today, though, that is no longer the case. While coffee drinkers used to laugh at tea drinkers for their excessive selections, coffee is now the same. From a cappuccino and espresso to a latte, we have many options to try out. One of the most popular choices of coffee today these is known as a flat white.

The name itself should imply a good portion of what you are getting here: a flat white is, put simply, a very strong and effective form of milky coffee. Some people would find it a touch too strong, but it’s the kind of coffee that many lovers of this kind of beverage thrive upon.

If you want to say that you have tried out all forms of coffee, then we recommend that you take a closer look at the power of the flat white. Used right, a flat white can offer a truly special tasting experience. If you want to try something new out, should you go to the flat white? 

How do you make a flat white

While well give you a recipe in a moment, we want to take a quick look at the flat white and what it actually is. To make a flat white, the procedure is quite simple. All you need to do is:

  1. Start off by pouring a large volume of milk into the cup – one cup for each cup of coffee, basically. You should be looking to make sure you have ample amounts of milk, seen as this is mostly milk.
  2. Then, purge your team wand by turn it on to get rid of any excessive water. Make sure the wand is around 15-degrees angled and then turn it on at full pressure to steam up that milk with full effectiveness. Make sure the tip of the wand is slightly submerged.
  3. Wait until the volume increases by around 60%, and then submerge the tip further below the surface. Hold it at an angle that allows for the best spin, and then mix in all of those air bubbles as best you can. When it’s too hot to keep your hand angling it, you are ready. If you want to be exact, we recommend something in the 67C range.
  4. Now, clean down the steam wand and then knock the pitcher once or twice to move around the bubbles. Now pour the milk into the espresso. Let it mix together and allow it to all mix together, and voila! 

It can be a bit of a challenge to get right, but as time goes on you should be able to get it down to a T. Done right, this should provide the kind of satisfying experience that you would be hoping for. Now that you know how to make a flat white roughly, let’s look at what it actually *is* a touch closer. 

What is the difference between a latte and a flat white

The main point of difference here is the fact that a standard flat white has a thinner texture. While lattes are often thick, creamy and almost velvety, a flat white is much thinner. If you find a latte to be a touch too thick, then you can find that this offers the ideal alternative to enjoy using.

It’s usually got a shinier surface, too, delivering the kind of reliable and enjoyable content that you might be more suited to. If you prefer a coffee to be a little thinner and with more shine to it, then you will find that a flat white is the best option for you.

Start off by simply looking at the kind of coffee that you like. If you want something a touch thinner and less filling than a latte, then be sure to start here. 

What is a real flat white

A ‘real’ flat white is quite different to what you might expect. Some places sell what is essentially a latte and try to pass it off as a flat white. A real flat white, though, stands out a mile away from the normal flat white experience you’ll ‘enjoy’ – if you want to make one properly, follow the above ideas.

You will immediately find that this kind of coffee is much easier to make if you simply know what the process is to put it together. If you want a ‘real’ flat white, then you’ll be following the classic Australian and Kiwi styles, as they are the flat white originators. 

What has less calories cappuccino or flat white

It depends on how it is made, but most of the time you will find that a flat white has marginally more calories than the cappuccino. There is not usually a huge difference, with the average cappuccino having 110 calories and a flat white having 120 calories.

It depends on what you are looking for, really. You get more calcium from a flat white, for example, as it comes with more milk being used. It depends on what you are looking for normally, but the difference is negligible usually. 

How is a flat white different from a cappuccino?

Typically, the main difference is the depth of the coffee being used. While a cappuccino usually used around 1/3rd of the mixture to be espresso, with this you use a double shot of espresso. So, a flat white tends to have more coffee in there but also more milk content. The micro-foamed milk that is used by creating the right blend stops the coffee from having that puffy creaminess at the top (hence the ‘flat’ in the name).

A flat white differs from a cappuccino as it’s made using micro-foamed milk, it uses no froth for volume and the milk is not steamed. So, there is an obvious gap here in the cappuccino style that makes it very easy for you to deal with long-term. 

How much milk is in a flat white?

Typically, a flat white will have a major amount of milk in it – as the name suggests!

Usually made with around 5.5oz of liquid, this usually is made up more or less entirely of milk after a double espresso is included. The milk content changes depending on the size of the cup, but it’s more or less 2/3 parts milk.

You need to appreciate that there is a total level of control and creativity about how much milk you use. Since you use micro-foaming, too, there is more to a flat white than you might have expected. The actual volume might be less than you think, but micro-foaming helps to build upon that and make sure there is more of a dairy content here than expected 

What is Flat White recipe

Typically, a flat white recipe is all about enjoying a more creative, open-minded form of coffee. A flat white recipe is often the kind of coffee that really should be easy to make with ingredients you already have. We recommend that a good flat white recipe includes the following:

  • One single (or double, your choice) shot of espresso.
  • Two shots of foamed milk.

That’s literally it. Using the process that we described at the start, you can easily make a flat white come to life in a matter of minutes. Simply combine together both, and if you wish add a touch of art to the foam for that extra touch of creativity in the finish! 

Paul Mason

coffee blogger

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